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Forty years ago, entertainment took a distant back seat to political rhetoric, as television was just one of many mediums used by the Communist Party to perpetuate ideas like “class struggle” and resistance to “Western imperialism” to galvanize generations of Chinese. Today, the Party’s line is economic improvement, a furnace of productivity that can burn through labor as fast as it does money and the environment.
When recently approached by a Western visitor, high school graduate Xie Jing said, “This is my first time talking to a foreigner, so I am nervous.” Xie, who lives in Xiejiaqiao, a rural village near Hangzhou, isn’t alone. Although Xiejiaqiao is a small village, even students in cities like Beijing don’t practice English enough.
Churches catering to Chinese immigrants have long been a vehicle for newcomers to integrate with American society, helping them find to learn English, develop job skills, and make friends. And true to the pattern, it’s that promise of community in unfamiliar circumstances that gets new members in the door at Northwest Christian Church in Round Rock, Texas.