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.   


Sep 20

China in Africa: Clues to the Future of “Belt and Road?”

by Brent Fulton

Chinese engagement in Africa to date may provide some clues as to how China will impact the "belt and road" nations in the future.

Sep 18

A Call for Photos

China through the Years

by Joann Pittman

From the series Looking Back

As part of our on-going commemoration of the 20th anniversary of ChinaSource, we want to collect photos documenting the changes that have taken place in China. Whether you lived and worked there or were just visiting, we’d love to include your photos. 

Sep 15

Wise Financial Partnerships

The Need for a Framework

by Si Shi (四石)

How can financial resources be shared effectively? What needs to be considered?

Sep 13

New Religion Regulations to Take Effect in February

by Brent Fulton

The long-awaited revision of the draft religion regulations circulated last September was signed into law last month and will take effect February 1, 2018.

Sep 11

Looking for 21st Century China

by Joann Pittman

From the series Looking Back

As ChinaSource celebrates 20 years of ministry, it is a time of reflection and giving thanks. We are privileged to have served the China-ministry community for as long as we have. With today’s post, we are beginning a series, called Looking Back that will take a closer look at those twenty years.

Sep 8

The Rushing on of the Purposes of God

A Book Review

by Andrea Klopper

A review of  Andrew Kaiser's The Rushing on of the Purposes of God: Christian Missions in Shanxi since 1876.

Sep 6

I Was Wrong

A Retraction of My Criticism of Chloë Starr’s Chinese Theology

by G. Wright Doyle

A second look at Chinese Theology, an apology, and a way forward.

Sep 4

The Catholic Experience in China

by Joann Pittman

Notes from the US China Catholic Bureau Conference held August 11-13 in New York City.

Sep 1

More Help in Understanding Contextualization

by ChinaSource Team

More on a new resource about contextualization, honor, and shame from Jackson Wu.

Aug 30

Flying against the Wind

by Brent Fulton

Nestled in a spring-fed valley in the desert northeast of Los Angeles, St. Andrew’s Abbey is a long way from its roots in Chengdu. The only living link that remains is Brother Peter Zhou Bangjiu, a 91-year-old Sichuan native who rejoined the abbey in 1985 following his release from a Chinese labor camp.