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An African in China: An Interview

ChinaSource’s Joann Pittman interviewed “Tim,” a Zimbabwean international student in China. She asked him to reflect on his experiences as an African living in China, as well as his thoughts and advice for Chinese Christians who wish to share the gospel with Africans living in their country. This is a re-post of the interview. JP: …

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Stretching Hospitality

By Rhonda Dippon – HCC Christian Volunteer We recently hosted a young man from Turkey who was here to get his Master’s degree. It was supposed to be for one week. He had supposedly found temporary housing until he could gain access to his apartment. Well, the temporary housing fell through—his friend reneged (it was …

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Valuing Time in Different Cultures

By Jonathan Nesvig – ReEntry Coordinator Westerners prize punctuality. We love to have schedules and calendars that map out our day, week, month, and year. We like to make goals and to fulfill them by a specific time. “Time is respect” and “Time is precious” and “Time is money.” We show respect to others by …

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How to Embrace the American Lifestyle

By Hannah Varberg – HCC Communications Coordinator Cultural exchange is such a wonder because you learn there is beauty in every culture worldwide. You also learn that no culture is comprised of perfect humans. Those engaging and immersing themselves in American culture see both beauty and imperfect humans. This writing piece is not saying that …

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One Tip for Effective Communication in China

By Joab Meyer – HCC Volunteer To see the original blog post from China Source, click here.  Effective communication requires engagement from both ends of the communication cycle—both the ability to send a message and receive feedback from your audience. Using this cycle to reach a common understanding is more of an art than a science—even …

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Studying God and Chinese

By Heather Holbrook – HCC Board Member To see Heather’s original blog, click here. I have recently started learning Chinese. Our family has been hosting Chinese university students for the past 12 years and have been friends with Chinese for years before that, but I never felt compelled to learn their language until the last …

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I’m Off to Fix Something

By Joann Pittman, HCC Board Member For the original version of this blog, go to ChinaSource’s website When I was living in Beijing, I usually rode my bike to work. One Wednesday morning, the street in front of the school where my office was located was like a parking lot. A big bus and a …

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Debunking the View of Self

By Jonathan Nesvig – HCC ReEntry Coordinator Liu Yang’s book, East Meets West (中文名是:东西相遇), contains simple pictographs which show the differences between Eastern and Western cultures. While there are many similarities among humans from different cultures, there are also many differences: some obvious and some not so obvious. The feature picture is from Liu Yang’s …

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美国感受

值此来美国一个月有余,生活也已经适应,就吃穿住行和文化环境等,我会从个人角度谈一下对美国的初步感受。虽然还需要更多的时间,我才能更加深入的认识美国人民及其文化,但是希望本文可以作为经验分享或者话题讨论。

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Differing Grandparent Styles

By Rhonda Dippon – HCC Volunteer The six of us were lounging on a small hillside waiting for darkness. My husband and I had invited our Chinese family to our house for a Fourth of July picnic, and now we were at a local park awaiting the fireworks. We’d hosted all four Chinese through Hospitality …

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