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Free Resources for Chinese churches, pastors and church leaders — February 2, 2019

Free Resources for Chinese churches, pastors and church leaders

Learn more about the history and learnings from the earlier English ministry pastors and church leaders that were in the ethnic Chinese churches of the United States. EM pastors of Korean American churches and other Asian American ethnicities will find these articles as a reference of research.

The following resources are free downloads at

Fellowship of American Chinese Evangelicals (FACE)

FACE published a quarterly newsletter, AboutFACE, from 1979-2003 and entire archive can be downloaded.

Alternatively, this collection of articles was adapted and published as a book in 2009, “Completing the FACE of the Chinese Church in America: the ABC Handbook: Promoting Effective Ministries to American-Born Chinese” by William L. Eng, Joseph C. Wong, Wayland Wong, David K. Woo and Peter Yuen.

Chinese American Christians (CAC) Forum

The CAC Forum was an active discussion forum that ran from 1995 to 2002. The CAC Forum archives provide a historical knowledge base about Chinese/Asian American Christianity.

difference between Western and Chinese educational approaches — March 2, 2013

difference between Western and Chinese educational approaches

“In the Western understanding, students come to school with levels of innate intelligence and curiosity. Teachers try to further arouse that curiosity in specific subjects. There’s a lot of active learning — going on field trips, building things. There’s great emphasis on questioning authority, critical inquiry and sharing ideas in classroom discussion.

In the Chinese understanding, there’s less emphasis on innate curiosity or even on specific subject matter. Instead, the learning process itself is the crucial thing. The idea is to perfect the learning virtues in order to become, ultimately, a sage, which is equally a moral and intellectual state. These virtues include: sincerity (an authentic commitment to the task) as well as diligence, perseverance, concentration and respect for teachers.”

via The Learning Virtues, op-ed by David Brooks

Laoganma: chili sause as well as hot enterprise | Jiayu’s Blog — July 12, 2012

Laoganma: chili sause as well as hot enterprise | Jiayu’s Blog

A successful and special enterprise that I have heard about is called Laoganma, which is the brand of a chili sauce. Laoganma is quite popular in China. And it is said that wherever there are Chinese people, there would surely  be Laoganma.  I have read about the founder of Laoganma. Her name is Tao Bihua. She is 62 years old now and she is still the chairwoman of  the board of this enterprise.

Tao is such an successful entrepreneur. She started this business by selling bottles of chili sauce by herself. And also, the chili sauce was produced all by herself. The recipe that Laoganma is using today is exactly the recipe that was used by Tao to make the sauce. After she has sold this kind of sauce for while, people began to love this sauce and Tao found it was hard to meet the demand. So she started to found a factory. There was risk, for she is the first one to build a food factory in her hometown and she didn’t know a lot about business. Actually she hardly recognized Chinese characters! However, she solved almost every problems occurred during the organizing of this business using her intelligence. Eventually, Laoganma has been formed. Now this company produces 1.3 million bottles of chili sauce and delivers all of the production to over 30 different countries and regions. It makes over 2.5 billion sales a year. These data indicate the amount and speed of wealth creation of this enterprise.

via Laoganma: chili sause as well as hot enterprise | Jiayu's Blog.

Chinese not known for being unified — June 12, 2012

Chinese not known for being unified

A list of quotes and excerpts about how one Chinese leader observed the tendency of the Chinese people’s difficulty in working together …

“It is this constant suspicion of other people’s motives that has made Chinese people as spineless as a ‘bowl of sand’, to borrow a phrase from Sun Yat-sen.” – Bo Yang, The Ugly Chinaman And The Crisis Of Chinese Culture

What Dr. Sun Yat-Sen (Founder of Modern China) said about the unity and cohesiveness of the Chinese people—that they are “like a plate of sand”—has been true for centuries for all AsAms. Hence, to reform and to reverse that politically apathetic mindset is not only daunting but deemed near-impossible by many. — SB Woo, Asian American civil rights leader; former Lt. Governor of Delaware

Sun Yat-Sen once lamented, the Chinese are “like grains of sand on a dish:” that is, they fail to cohere as a society and as a nation. — quoted by Andrew Abel in “Favor fishing and punch-bowl Christians: ritual and conversion in a Chinese Protestant church,” Sociology of Religion, Summer 2006.

Sun Yat-sen called the China of the 1920s “a sheet of loose sand” because there was no cohesive force holding society together. Today’s leaders know all too well where that led. (“The China we thought we’d never know,” Chicago Tribune, 7/1/2001)

And, from Sun Yat–Sen, The Three Principles of the People —

No wonder that foreigners criticize the Chinese, saying that their civilization is inferior and their thinking immature, that they even have no idea of liberty and no word with which to express the idea, yet at the same time criticizing the Chinese for being disunited as a sheet of loose sand.

These two criticisms are ridiculously contradictory. What do foreigners mean when they say that China is a sheet of loose sand? Simply that every person does as he pleases, and has let his individual liberty extend to all phases of life; hence China is but a lot of separate sand particles. Take up a handful of sand; no matter how much there is, the particles will slip about without any tendency to cohere—that is loose sand. But if we add cement to the loose sand, it will harden into a firm body like a rock, in which the sand, however, has no freedom. When we compare sand and rock, we clearly see that rock was originally composed of particles of sand; but in the firm body of the rock the sand has lost its power to move about freely. Liberty, to put it simply, means the freedom to move about as one wishes within an organized group. Because China does not have a word to convey this idea, everyone has been at a loss to appreciate it. We have a phrase that suggests liberty—”running wild without bridle,” but that is the same thing as loose sand—excessive liberty for the individual. So foreigners who criticize us, who say on the one hand that we have no power to unite, are loose sand and free particles, and say on the other hand that we do not understand the meaning of liberty—do they not realize that it is everybody’s liberty which is making us a sheet of loose sand and that if all are united in a strong body we cannot be like loose sand ? [emphasis added]

Articles in Sociology of Religion, Summer 2006 —

Articles in Sociology of Religion, Summer 2006

via Favor fishing and punch-bowl Christians: ritual and conversion in a Chinese Protestant church – page 12 | Sociology of Religion.