Resources by Amy Young
When Amy Young first moved to China she knew three Chinese words: hello, thank you, and watermelon. Today she blogs regularly at The Messy Middle and is the director of global operations for Velvet Ashes. She has also authored two books written to help those who live and serve in China: Looming Transitions: Starting and Finishing Well in Cross-Cultural Service and Love, Amy: An Accidental Memoir Told in Newsletters from China.
3 Reasons You Need to Read this Chinese Food Memoir
Learning about culture, history, and ourselves through a food adventure in China.
ChinaSource Blog Posts
7 Reasons I Liked “China: A History” (and 1 Warning)
A go-to resource for those wanting a brief overview of Chinese history or are looking for an engaging textbook for young students.
A New Must-read for China Hands
Love her or hate her, Empress Dowager Cixi does not leave us with the option of just letting her drift off into historical obscurity. Jung Chang's (author of Wild Swans) recently published Express Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China is destined to become a must read for China...
A Non-Cook Reviews 3 Chinese Cookbooks
Three cookbooks everyone who is interested in China—cooks and non-cooks alike—should know about.
A Novel Approach to Chinese History
If you're interested in China (or any place), I think we're in agreement as to the importance of understanding the historical context. The more you know what has happened, the more you understand what is happening today. Yet at times, the thought of reading history results in a gag reflux,...
Best Christmas Advice: Act One and Act Two
Pondering the incarnation in a cross-cultural setting.
Debriefing before the Final Goodbye
The author provides debriefing questions that can assist in evaluating life in China and aid in healthy transitions.
Five Words Google Can't Translate
It is exhilarating to move to a new country and communicate with people so different from ourselves. Whether through Chinese you have learned or English you have taught, the sense of accomplishment can be deep and genuine.
How Can We Better Prepare People for the Field?
An Interview with Lauren Pinkston
An interview with Lauren Pinkston on preparing people for cross-cultural work.
I Stand Corrected
A Book Review
When I read the title in an email, I knew I had to get a copy of I Stand Corrected: How Teaching Western Manners in China Became Its Own Unforgettable Lesson by Eden Collinsworth (2014).
The Backstory and the Benefits
Preparing to go overseas or getting ready to return to your passport country? This book is for you.
Starting and Finishing Well in Cross-Cultural Service
Thinking through the process of transition beforehand can make all the difference between a smooth entry and/or re-entry, or a decidedly bumpy landing. Practical in nature, Looming Transitions is geared to help you to do just that. Veteran of serving abroad Amy Young is the perfect companion to guide you through the...
An Accidental Memoir Told in Newsletters from China
Amy tells her story of how she moved to China to teach English. She anticipated making cultural faux pas, trying new food, seeing God at work, and growing in her knowledge of language and culture. What she could not foresee was all of the adventures and hardships she would be...
One Last Summer Reading Recommendation
It’s September and the autumn semester has started for most students, but before the leaves start to turn and the temperature plunges, we have one more summer reading book recommendation for you.
Serving Well in China
A Cultural Framework for Serving in China
This course is less about a set of answers and more about presenting a framework with which to process the complexities of China. When you encounter confusing situations or cultural differences, what you learn here will help you reconcile them with your cultural background and expectations.
Ten “Americans Really Do THAT?” from Chinese Scholars Living in the U.S.
I'm sure you've done it, I know I have. Asked a Chinese friend or colleague what stood out to them if they had a chance to visit your home country. I enjoy hearing what stood out to them or to friends who have visited me in China. Their impressions help...
ChinaSource Blog Posts
Three “T” Reasons to Read "The Tea Girl"
If you enjoy a hot cup of tea and historical fiction, then this book is for you!