A current Grade 11 student from EMHS who enjoys charcoal drawing in his spare time. We cherish students’ talents and encourage them to pursue their dreams.
MPCers gathered in Chiang Mai, Thailand for their annual Professional Improvement Conference from February 12-18. Each year during Spring Festival, MPC teachers, administrators and friends enjoy the sunshine and warmth while worshipping and learning together. Counselor and author David Augsburger from southern California provided inspiration each morning while various teachers shared ideas on teaching, language learning and crossing cultures. A highlight was a visit to the Institute of Religion, Culture and Peace at Payap University where former MCC Asia Regional Director Joe Manickam is now the director. Of course good food provided the foundation for great conversation and fun times.
Because the focus of MPC’s work is in China, we have published a new website hosted in China, making it more accessible for our many Chinese partners and friends. It is bi-lingual and will reflect our current activities, programs and partners. The site is a work in progress, and we would invite suggestions and creative ideas.
Mennonite colleges in North America provide opportunities for undergraduate students to spend one semester living, studying and serving in a culture other than their own. This fall semester a group of twelve students from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in Virginia are studying Chinese history, language, culture and religion in Sichuan while also traveling to many other places of interest in China. A highlight for the students is living with Chinese families, and engaging daily life in cities like Nanchong, Dazhou and Zigong where MPC has well-established partners. For more information on the EMU cross-cultural group, go to http://emu.edu/now/crosscultural/.
MPC works with Bluffton University to provide a cross-cultural semester experience for Chinese university students. Bluffton provides opportunity for students to take classes together with American and other international students and to be active in many clubs and activities on campus. For English major students from Chinese universities, this provides a rich opportunity to study first-hand the language and culture of their major, as well as building confidence and skill.
The MPC program has been privileged to have more than several hundred visiting scholars from universities in Sichuan spend a semester at Eastern Mennonite University. Each summer MPC plans a professional event focused on language and culture and invites former visiting scholars, MPC teachers and interested scholars to attend. This summer the event was held in Nanchong. In addition to engaging other teachers on issues of language teaching and cultural understanding, the event provides a way for visiting scholars from different universities to connect with each other and learn to know the MPC-supported teachers.