From the West Courtyard

From the West Courtyard—thoughts about working and serving in China from our staff and others with experience and insight to share. 

The name comes from a Chinese phrase that was taught in an early 1900s Chinese language curriculum, “有一个人,从西院子过来,”meaning “a man came over from the west courtyard." The idea of moving from west to east, of journeying between these two courtyards, reflects our desire to root our observations in the non-western context and allow the local Chinese context to determine what is culturally normative for life and work in China. 

Opinions expressed are not necessarily endorsed by ChinaSource.   

Nov 27

Seeing Trees for the First Time

by Jason Odell

My good friend and former student's father drove. The dirt road, only forged in the last year or so, made the ride tremendously bumpy and kept travel slow. The road wound through scores of vast, grassy valleys, each curve bringing my wife, me, and our friend to an area that looked so similar to the last we wondered if we were driving in circles.

Nov 25

Senior Care in China

Will the Church Step Up?

by Paul deMena

Looking at the challenges of the growing population of the elderly in China and the opportunities for churches to meet the needs. 

Nov 23

China: Grandfather or Grandchild?

by Joann Pittman

In the first section of the article "The Shadow of Chinese History," writer Huo Shui gives an overview of Chinese dynastic history. We highlighted that section in a post titled “A Long and Glorious History.” In the second section of the article Huo Shui uses the concepts of grandfather and grandchild to help us understand China’s desire for dominance. 

Nov 20

Be A Better Dad Today

A Book Review

by Barney

Be a Better Dad Today: Ten Tools Every Father Needs by Gregory Slayton.

Reviewed by Barney.

Nov 18

New China, Old China

by Swells in the Middle Kingdom

For those of us who live in China’s large cities, the stunning pace of technological and economic development can be overwhelming: ubiquitous smartphones, buses full of people streaming video on their hand-held devices as they commute in air-conditioned comfort, door-to-door food and grocery deliveries, super-chic cafes selling sugared caffeine or fruit libations hot or cold, Uber and DiDi rides on demand, and of course the explosion of online shopping. This is the “new China,” a thoroughly modern place that seems nicely in step with the cultural and economic trends we are familiar with back home in our passport countries.

Nov 16

3 Questions: Compiler of the Prayer Calendar

“Intercessors for China”

by Joann Pittman

From the series 3 Questions

A ChinaSource "3 Questions" interview with the compiler of the Intercessors for China prayer calendar.

Nov 11

Getting Rid of the B-I-G

by ChinaSource Team

From the series Walking with Leaders | Podcasts

The latest episode in our ChinaSource Conversations podcast series continues our exploration into mentoring in the Chinese context.

Nov 9

A Long and Glorious History

by Joann Pittman

If you’ve spent any amount of time in China, you have probably encountered the phrase “China has a long and glorious history.” In fact, you’ve probably encountered it so many times that you are tempted to roll your eyes when you hear it.

Nov 6

"Connect Changping"

by Carrie Breum and Kelsey Tichenor

A new blog connecting you to the cities of Changchun and Siping.