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What You Need to Know about the China Trip

By Hannah Veldkamp – HCC Communications Coordinator OASIS Program Coordinator Josh Driver and HCC Executive Director Tim Grunditz are traveling throughout China March 6-23. I sat down to interview both of them separately about their anticipation, thoughts, and excitement about the upcoming trip. The following are their direct answers: What are you most excited about? …

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Nothing Is as It Seems

By Joann Pittman – HCC Board Member. To see her original blog, click here. To see her other blog posts, go to http://joannpittman.com/. In order to understand China today, it’s helpful to understand this simple rule: nothing is as it seems. In fact, I would say this rule applies when observing and analyzing nearly all …

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Taking a Leap: The Inauguration of HCC

By Daniel Morgenstern – HCC Intern On November 1990, four people took a leap of faith. These motivated individuals decided that despite a lack of venue, funding, or consistent volunteers, they would begin a movement to serve the Chinese students arriving in Saint Paul and Minneapolis. They sent out invitations to every friend or acquaintance …

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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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