John Friendly (pseudonym) has worked as a campus minister among Chinese university students, visiting scholars, and their families in various locations in the US over 35 years.
His first experience in East Asia was as a seminary student for one year in 1984. He also lived with his family as an English teacher in China for three years beginning in 1989 where he was witness to the student and worker democracy movement. John has traveled to China regularly since 1994 and has taken annual visitation trips to China for over a decade until last year. He became interested in China as a college student when he took a China ancient history class a month after Nixon visited China in 1972.
A very spoiled, picky eater in his childhood, John has learned from his Chinese friends, first in the US, to eat and enjoy everything that is set before him!