As of last month, I have entered the brave new world of online training. As part of my work for ChinaSource, I have teamed up with Amy Young (a friend and former colleague) to produce a 5-part online training course. The course is titled Serving Well in China, and it is specifically aimed for those planning to work in China.
The 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.
You can read more details about the course here. It is hosted on a site called Udemy, and consists of 5 short video “lectures,” as well as quizzes and recommended resources.
Last week I spoke to a group of Honors Students at the University of Northwestern – St. Paul. The topic was “Social, Cultural, and Spiritual Issues in China and Implications for Teaching.”
To get things going I showed them these fantastic graphic representations of cultural differences between east and west. I’ve actually used them in cross-cultural training for years, but am just now getting around to posting about them. Whether the audience is western or Chinese, they always generate lots of interesting discussion. (blue – west, red = east)
They were done by a Chinese artist who has lived and worked in Germany for many years. You can read an interview with her here.