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.   


Apr 26

From Trailblazer to Fellow Traveler

by Brent Fulton

From the series 7 Trends Impacting Foreign Christians in China

The sixth article in a series by Brent Fulton exploring seven trends that are impacting the way foreign Christians can effectively serve in China.

Apr 24

Books, Books, and More Books!

by Joann Pittman

According to Dictionary.com, a Sinophile is “a person who admires or has a strong liking for China, the Chinese, or their culture.” After 25+ years in China, I guess I qualify; and I’m guessing that readers of this blog do as well. 

In addition to my own experiences of living in China, books have played a major part in helping me understand China. 

Apr 21

Raising Support—an Uphill Struggle

by Si Shi (四石)

From the series Missions from China—A Maturing Movement

For a missionary, raising support is no easy task. When we were preparing for our first term of service, I wasn’t sure how we were ever going to raise the required budget. But for Chinese missionaries, the task is even harder. Coming from a culture that is not accustomed to supporting missionaries, obtaining financial backing is an uphill struggle.

Apr 19

From Sending to Receiving

by Brent Fulton

From the series 7 Trends Impacting Foreign Christians in China

The fifth article in a series by Brent Fulton exploring seven trends that are impacting the way foreign Christians can effectively serve in China.

Apr 17

Christianity in China—The Early Years

by Joann Pittman

A painless way to learn about the early history of Christianity in China—listen to The China History Podcast!

Apr 14

10 Months after Leaving China

by Mark Wickersham

It has been 308 days since we left China and landed in the good ol’ USA. You would think that would be plenty of time to have made the transition back to our home state of Indiana, but we’re still definitely in transition mode. 

Apr 12

From Solutions to Shared Innovation

by Brent Fulton

From the series 7 Trends Impacting Foreign Christians in China

The fourth article in a series by Brent Fulton exploring seven trends that are impacting the way foreign Christians can effectively serve in China.

Apr 10

How's My English?

by Joann Pittman

Anyone who has spent time teaching English in China will no doubt be familiar with English Corners. Love 'em or hate 'em, they are a staple of life for teachers of English.

Apr 7

Web Junkie

A Film Review

by Hannah Lau

Daxing Bootcamp, located in the suburbs of Beijing, is probably a place you've never heard of. But growing numbers of parents in China who are at wits’ end have heard of it or of the 400 rehabilitation camps like it. The government has set up the centers to treat teenagers with internet addiction disorder. Web Junkie takes us inside Daxing Bootcamp and introduces us to three of the young men who are treated there. 

Apr 5

From Doing to Paving the Way

by Brent Fulton

From the series 7 Trends Impacting Foreign Christians in China

The third article in a series by Brent Fulton exploring seven trends that are impacting the way foreign Christians can effectively serve in China.