Resources from 2011
The Expected and the Unexpected Journey of Homecoming
Is returning to China always the correct thing to do? What can the returnee expect once back home? Job issues, financial pressures and for the Christian, expressing faith, are all matters that must be dealt with.
Rebuilding the Walls
How does it feel to return to China after studying in the West and beginning a new job? As a Christian, how does one manage in a job where others have differing values? Where does one find answers and support?
The Returnee Handbook
On the Road of Homebound Journey
Help for those returning home to China
International Student Reentry and Returnee Ministry: An Overview
Reverse culture shock, conferences addressing international student reentry and research are discussed. Many resources, with a focus on material for Christian returnees, are suggested.
Salt and Light
Lives of Faith That Shaped Modern China
Dr. Bays reviews this three volume series of 27 biographical sketches of Chinese Christians of the modern era. These books provide reliable biographical information for anyone interested in the historical origins and early paths of development of recent Christian growth in China.
China and Her Returning Students and Scholars
The author considers the impact of history and the role that worldview plays in the lives of returnees. She then discusses from a practical point of view the issues facing returnees and the needed responses. She concludes with lessons learned by returnees.
Working with Sea Turtles
One topic sure to bring up lots of entries on a Google search, some 47 million Chinese entries, has to do with "haigui" (sea turtles). This term, haigui, in current Chinese slang refers to overseas returnees, especially to the thousands of Chinese students who completed studies overseas, gained practical work...
Haigui – Writing the Next Chapter
Editor's Note: This editorial originally appeared in "Returnees to China" (CS Quarterly, 2011 Winter).
Are You "Among the People"
The following is a quotation from James Hudson Taylor, speaking to a gathering of field workers Pingyang, Shanxi in 1886.
The End of Cheap China
A new book is on its way and this will be of interest especially to those involved in business one way or another. It's supposed to be out in December so if you get this as a Christmas present and read this book, please do post a review.
Hold to the Tension
Cross-cultural work is all about living between two poles and keeping them in juxtaposition. The problem is that modernity - our western Enlightenment culture - drives us to resolve that tension.
Law and Policy Trends that Affect NGOs and Social Enterprises in China
A Holistic Perspective on Transforming Nations
A Shared Challenge
Editor's note: This editorial originally appeared in "Building Together to Bless the Nations" (CS Quarterly, 2011 Autumn)
The Church, Its Impact on Society and Partnership with the International Christian Community
If there are to be more active and mature working relationships between foreign and local believers, it is essential that there be a better understanding of the degree to which local Chinese churches are poised to be able to take one the responsibility of helping their own communities and those...
Mentoring in a Chinese Context
Those who have mentored share some of their insights and discuss the needs of Chinese leaders that would benefit from mentoring. The role of foreign Christians in mentoring is addressed along with a look at how Jesus mentored other. Mentoring resources are suggested.
The Future of Christianity in China
As compared with any period in Chinese history, Christianity (meaning Protestant in this document) has experienced enormous changes in China today. However, achievement and problems exist simultaneously and challenges and opportunities coexist; this is an indisputable fact. People with different beliefs and standpoints have never come to consensus on their...
The Four Pillars of Peacemaking
God calls his church to grow in peacemaking. While we will always face conflicts in life, through the gospel the Lord enables us to become Christ-like peacemakers. Four principles for becoming peacemakers are explored.
An Appeal to the American Church
A message from Pastor Jin to the American church
Redeemed by Fire
The Rise of Popular Christianity in Modern China
The author fills in the details of the often overlooked history of China's indigenous church. He looks at prominent figures in the early church, discusses his thesis that it took on a millennial character which came to define early Chinese Christianity and addresses its relationship with the foreign missionary establishment....
The Missing Goal and the Absence of Freedom
What does the educational system lack to nurture healthy people and a healthy society?
A Different Kind of Challenge to Effectiveness
I have recently been struck by how susceptible my attitude is to being influenced by my environment. This sounds obviousalmost tautologicalbut let me explain a bit about the kind of influences I am thinking of.
Teacher Education in China
A White Paper
A white paper entitled "Teacher Education in China: A Context Study" is available.
Glorification of Educational Success
Governing Educational Desire: Culture, Politics, and Schooling in China by Andrew Kipnis. University of Chicago Press (Chicago: 2011), 174 pp. ISBN 13:978-0-226-43755-2; $27.50. Reviewed by Lisa Nagle Chinese families have a deep cultural desire for education.
From Hallowed to Hollow
Editor's Note: This editorial originally appeared in "Christians and Education in China" (CS Quarterly, 2011 Summer).
The Alternative Education Movement in China and Its Challenges
Can alternative education work in China? What are the misconceptions and challenges?
The Challenge of Inequality in Chinese Education
Geography, economics and access all contribute to creating inequality in Chinese education.
History and Culture in China's Education
China's history and culture are key factors that help create the environment for education in the country.
Constructing China's Jerusalem
Christians, Power, and Place in Contemporary Wenzhou
Nanlai Cao, a research assistant professor at the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, gives us a unique and comprehensive analysis of the Wenzhou revival. His study pursuits in both China and Western metropolises, as well as his intimate connection with Wenzhou (native family connections through his...
Urban Church Structures
Editor's note: This editorial originally appeared in "The Structure of China's Urban Church" (CS Quarterly, 2011 Spring)
The Transformation and Renewal of the Structure of Chinese House Churches
China's rapid economic and social changes have compelled the churches in China to transform. By far the factor that contributed most to the need for structural changes within the Chinese house churches has been urbanization. Other factors have contributed as well: the one-child policy, increasing availability of higher education, and...
How Should Chinese Urban Churches Organize Themselves?
Over the past sixty years, the Protestant church in China has grown exponentially. Most of this increase has taken place in what are often called house churches. Many of these congregations meet in large buildings and are still called house churches. Therefore, the debate of whether it is better to...
Church Structure in China
Proposed Questions for Exploration
When interacting with church leaders in China, questions about the church inevitably emerge. At some point, issues concerning church structure will be brought up. How they respond will deeply affect the long term growth of the church. It is both exciting and agonizing to observe.
The Problem of Gender Imbalance in Chinese City Churches
The ratio of men to women in the churches of China is about 1:2. Sometimes the ratio is even more skewed: as much as one man for every three to five women. This article explores the wide range of issues these gender inequalities create within the church.
The Problem of Gender Imbalance in Chinese City Churches
The concept of four mainstream occupations or four types of people is deedly rooted in traditional Chinese culture: gentlemen (shi), farmers (nong), artisans (gong), and merchants (shang). Some see these as the cornerstones of a state or nation. This tradional background is still indirectly influencing the way men directly view...
China's New Confucianism
Politics and Everyday Life in a Changing Society
Daniel A. Bell, China's New Confucianism: Politics and Everyday Life in a Changing Society. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-691-13690-5; hardcover; 340 pages, including two appendices, notes, and bibliography. Reviewed by G. Wright Doyle