The China and East Asia Studies Program is an extension of the university’s emphasis on international experiences. “Engaging in these cross-cultural experiences is part of our DNA,” George Fox President Robin Baker says. “It’s who we are as a Christian institution. Not only are we helping these Chinese students better understand American culture and our strong faith commitment, we are extending the opportunity for our American students to better appreciate cultures outside of their own.”
The university initiated the program at a pivotal point in China’s history. The country, long isolated from the West under communism, is emerging as a global economic power. “China and India are the largest emerging economies in the world today,” Baker says. “If we want to reflect the future and not the past, we need to embrace these cultures. We in the U.S. had a tendency to be isolationists in the past. We can’t afford to do that anymore.”
Read more in the upcoming issue of George Fox Journal.