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.   

Oct 21

Hope for Returnees

by John

A reader responds to the 2016 autumn issue of ChinaSource Quarterly, "A Call to Partnership in Chinese Returnee Ministry" with encouragement and a reminder of God's love and grace.

Oct 19

China’s Church in an Age of Pluralism

by Brent Fulton

In modern societies pluralism has the dual effect of both relativizing faith, forcing religious believers to acknowledge the presence of competing worldviews, and of fostering growth by creating new opportunities for them to live out their faith in the pluralist context.

Oct 17

Homesick for Manchuria

by Joann Pittman

Since I lived in Beijing for the last 15 years of my time in China, it’s not often that I get nostalgic for Changchun, the city in northeast China that was my home for most of the 90s. Lately, however, I have found myself thinking of my time there and the experiences I had. I am, dare I say, homesick for Manchuria. 

Oct 14

3 Questions: Dr. Charlie Brainer

Expanding Education Opportunities in China

by ChinaSource Team

From the series 3 Questions

A ChinaSource 3 Questions interview with Dr. Charlie Brainer of Taylor University.

Oct 12

Beyond Politics

by Brent Fulton

Seeking social change outside the realm of politics—Christians in China are providing examples of how that might be done. 

Oct 10

Regulating Religion

by Joann Pittman

Much has been written the past few weeks about the draft revision to the Regulations on Religious Affairs, the main policy document that spells out how religion is to be managed in China.

Oct 7

Language and Culture Learning—in Kindergarten

by Tabor Laughlin

Education is a major issue for cross-cultural workers who serve overseas with their families. Most families choose to put their kids in an international school, a local school, or to homeschool full-time at home. All of these have their pros and cons.

Oct 5

One Belt, One Road, One Mission?

by Brent Fulton

Current presentations and discussions about China’s emerging cross-cultural mission movement often make reference to “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR), the Chinese government’s push to develop infrastructure and industry along China’s former silk route.

Oct 3

Hospitality, a Comic Book, the Bible, and Lot

A Conversion Story in China

by Mark Totman

Over the past decade of living in China, I have been privileged to hear a number of wonderful conversion stories. Each is special, but occasionally one stands out as particularly uncommon. The following is one such story. 

Sep 30

A National Day Quiz

How Much Do You Know about the Founding of the PRC?

by Joann Pittman

October 1 is National Day in China; this year marks the 68th  anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. While it used to be a day marked with military parades and revolutionary fervor, now it marks the beginning of a 7-day national holiday (“Golden Week”) designed to get people to spend money.

So, how much do you know about National Day and the history of the founding of the country?