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Evangelizing in Marriage – Dee and Cate’s Stories Continued

By Hannah Veldkamp – HCC Communications Coordinator Dee and Cate (names concealed for safety) both encountered Christ in Minnesota, and every aspect of their lives was radically changed. HCC’s winter newsletter was packed with their stories of re-entry back to China. When discovering Christ, their professions changed, their outlook changed, their demeanor changed, and their …

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Where in the World is HCC Going?

By Tim Grunditz – HCC Executive Director In 1992, the Hospitality Center for Chinese was officially formed and recognized as a 501-c3. Our origins were primarily thanks to a few families who had an enormous passion for China. Several families had lived in China, done missions to China, or adopted from China and wanted to …

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Twinkling with Inheritance and Development Achievement

By Joann Pittman – HCC Board Member. See joannpittman.com for more of her blog posts. On Thursday night my landlady called and asked if she could come to my apartment because she had some translation questions for me. Now anyone who has been in China for awhile knows the fear and dread that well up …

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How to Connect with a Chinese Mom

By Jennifer Gerth – HCC Board Member I’ve been a mom for six years, and I consider myself a relatively friendly and non-intimidating person, so one would think I could easily connect with a mom from China.  Even more to my advantage, my own mom was born in Taiwan. However, connection is not always easy. …

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Experiencing a Day in the Life of HCC

By Hannah Veldkamp – HCC Communications Coordinator Tuesday, November 7, 2017 9:00 AM Rosa is back! Our dear administrative and financial assistant has returned to work this week after a short maternity leave. She is looking great and now is the mother of the beautiful Claire! Staff is casually chatting in the halls, and leftover …

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How Collectivism and Individualism Affect Students

By Daniel Morgenstern – HCC Intern In my interactions with Chinese students, I have been surprised to find that many are not particularly interested in their majors. One of my friends, for example, was a math major for several years even though his passion is the art of filmmaking. Why do they do it? What …

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Sharing the Gospel in a New Way

By Kristie Mandel – CXI intern As we encounter international students from cultures very different than our own, how can we be sensitive in how we communicate the Good News to them?  One approach is to acknowledge that priorities from shame-based cultures can differ significantly from those of guilt-based cultures. No culture is exclusively shame …

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From the Airport to Amen

By Josh Driver – HCC Program Coordinator  Volunteering at HCC in 2010 by making airport runs made a lot of sense to me. I was once a study abroad student in Beijing, China, who went through a similar experience of waiting at the airport for someone to take me to a university. Living only five …

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Seeing Red with Rose-Tinted Glasses

By Daniel Morgenstern -HCC Intern “Red” in China is not just about politics. Communism is only one cultural element in China that uses red as a symbol. Festivals, economists, fashion, history, and public service all use red in different capacities. Chinese stoplights flash red for caution, but “going into the red” is the goal of …

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5 Obstacles Chinese Students Tackle to Attend College in America

By Daniel Morgenstern – HCC intern The journey that all foreign students and scholars who visit the Hospitality Center for Chinese (HCC) have endured is more than many Americans could handle. Here are five hurdles Chinese have to jump on their way to college graduation: Language The first obstacle is the language barrier. Every step …

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