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- understand and appreciate the confusion and complexity that is modern China, and that whatever China seems to be at any given moment, it is, in fact, the opposite.
- identify key cultural "rules" that govern how people in China interact with one another.
- identify key features of the Chinese educational system and who how it directly affects and informs the worldview of the Chinese people they encounter.
- identify areas of expectation that they are likely to bring to their China experience and predict where adjustments need to be made.
- identify key principles for successful cross-cultural adjustment and living in China.
- No materials or prior knowledge of the subject are required.
Serving Well in China
Are you a Christian preparing to serve in China, or maybe you’re already there?
Are you working with Chinese students in your home country?
This course is definitely for you.
China is one of the few places in the world where a statement can be completely true and completely false all at the same time. With a rich history and strong cultural values that are now being redefined by a complicated contemporary society, China can be a daunting place to navigate.
We’re here to help! This course is less about a set of answers and more about presenting a framework with which to process the complexities of China. When you encounter confusing situations or cultural differences, what you learn here will help you reconcile them with your cultural background and expectations.
- Five video lectures (each 10-20 mins long)
- Accompanying quizzes
- Questions for reflection/discussion
- A list of resources for further study
- Training conducted by seasoned, professional trainers with over 40 years of combined experience working and living in China, and over 20 years of experience training westerners to serve effectively in China
- Valuable information and insight on contemporary Chinese society and culture
- Practical advice on managing cultural differences
- An explanation of various cultural “rules” that govern how people in China interact with one another
- A description of the key features of the Chinese educational system and how it directly affects and informs the worldview of the Chinese people
- An examination of areas of expectation that may need to be adjusted
- Key principles for successful cross-cultural adjustment and living in China
What you’ll get?
Whether you are just getting started in China or are a seasoned Middle Kingdom sojourner, this course will deepen your understanding of why China is the way it is, allowing for a more fruitful and effective ministry.
- This course is designed for members of the Christian faith-based community who are serving in China or plan to serve in China.
- It will also be helpful for those who are serving Mainland Chinese in their home countries.
One thing is true in China: nothing is as it seems. In other words, whatever China seems to be at any given moment, it is, in fact, the opposite. Is it Communist? Yes and no. Is it Capitalist? Yes and no. Is it poor? Yes and no. Is it rich? Yes and no! We think you get the picture. This lecture will introduce a paradigm for understanding the confusion and complexity that is modern-day China by highlighting contrasting myths.
Relationships form the heart of Chinese culture. In this lecture you will learn the meaning of relationship in Chinese culture, and rules by which these relationships are governed. The rules we highlight include the ones that are most likely to "clash" with your own cultural rules.
Just because we use the same terminology to describe experiences in our own educational systems and the Chinese educational system does not mean that we are talking about the same thing. In this lecture you will learn how the Chinese educational system affects and informs the worldview of Chinese people.
We all carry a suitcase load of expectations with us, and this is no less true when embarking on a cross-cultural sojourn. In this lecture you will learn about the expectations that often trip up those living cross-culturally and be encouraged to examine and adjust the expectations that you have in regards to serving in China.