BEIJING — Lately, a stream of rosy media accounts has been telling the world to look to China as a model of gender equality in the workplace. “China Dominates List of Female Billionaires” and “Women in China: the Sky’s the Limit” are some recent examples from the international press.
But the cascade of optimistic portraits detracts from what is really happening to women in China’s fast-growing urban work force. They are losing ground fast.
…since 2007 the central government has conducted a propaganda media campaign on “leftover” women (sheng nü), stigmatizing urban, educated women over the age of 27 who are still single. The barrage of insults has intensified pressure on urban, educated women to abandon their efforts to pursue higher education and to focus instead on getting married before they become “too old” to find a husband.
There are some encouraging developments. Record numbers of women in China are receiving a college education and taking the GMAT entrance test for business schools worldwide, for example. But many of these women are anxious to leave China precisely because they face so much gender discrimination at home.
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Strangers in a Strange Land March 4, 2013 - 3:00am
By Elizabeth Redden
In interviews with 40 international students at four research universities, Chris R. Glass was struck by the relative absence of Americans from his subjects' stories. The interviewees, half undergraduate and half graduate students, described close relationships with their international peers, including those coming from countries other than their own. But while they frequently characterized their American classmates as friendly or helpful, only rarely did they seem to play a significant role in their lives.
"Only one student has described a significant relationship with a U.S. peer and that student was from Western Europe and that peer was her boyfriend," said Glass, an assistant professor of educational foundations and leadership at Old Dominion University. "That to me is a striking omission from the stories that they're telling."
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A very good research on how to build up leadership in this generation :
Also, the following is an interesting complementary cover story for Time Magazine this week about the state of our current young generation...
Millennials: The Me Me Me Generation Milennials are lazy, entitled narcissists who still live with their parents.
Here's the cold, hard data: The incidence of narcissistic personality disorder is nearly three times as high for people in their 20s as for the generation that's now 65 or older, according to the National Institutes of Health; 58% more college students scored higher on a narcissism scale in 2009 than in 1982. Millennials got so many participation trophies growing up that a recent study showed that 40% believe they should be promoted every two years, regardless of performance. They are fame-obsessed: three times as many middle school girls want to grow up to be a personal assistant to a famous person as want to be a Senator, according to a 2007 survey; four times as many would pick the assistant job over CEO of a major corporation. They're so convinced of their own greatness that the National Study of Youth and Religion found the guiding morality of 60% of millennials in any situation is that they'll just be able to feel what's right. Their development is stunted: more people ages 18 to 29 live with their parents than with a spouse, according to the 2012 Clark University Poll of Emerging Adults. And they are lazy. In 1992, the nonprofit Families and Work Institute reported that 80% of people under 23 wanted to one day have a job with greater responsibility; 10 years later, only 60% did.
Eva, ISI staff in Hong Kong
Dear Friends in Ministry,
I serve on the National Facilitation Team of the US Lausanne Committee, a.k.a. The Mission America Coalition, and I just received
the 1" video clip which you may wish to use to promote Global Outreach Day in your ministry.
In Christ's fellowship and service with you, by His grace and for His glory,
From: Mission America Coalition/U.S. Lausanne Committee To: lechinn
Sent: Thu, May 16, 2013 3:23 pm
Subject: GLOBAL OUTREACH DAY
Greetings, dear brothers and sisters,
As you may know, Global Outreach Day is nearly here. Please click on the following to view a great one-minute video clip. http://youtu.be/XVC89b8fb2c Then please pass it on to others within your ministry sphere. This should be a great day on May 25.
Let's be praying -- and participating!
Last night Carol and I were out with friends and met a young businessman visiting the U.S.A. from India. I opened the JESUS Film Media App on my smartphone and found the JESUS film in his language, Bengali. After listing to a little of the film he confirmed it was indeed his language. I then clicked on the "send email" icon on the app and it created an email with a link to the JESUS film in Bengali. After confirming he wanted to receive the link I passed him my phone and he entered his email address. I clicked send and he was sent an email with a link to the JESUS film in Bengali. The whole thing took a couple minutes. I also now have his email address so we can continue the conversation. For more information on this App visit www.JesusFilmMedia.com.
Click here to download a presentation on how you can send the JESUS film via email to someone.
Vance & Carol Nordman
If you haven’t had a chance to learn about ISI’s M:28 (Matthew 28) Global Discipleship
Initiative... Now is your chance!
Once again we are offering an M:28 Training Event prior to the ISI National Conference. ISI's M:28 disci-ple-making initiative is dramatically changing how local ministries reach and disciple international stu-dents for global impact. The M:28 model is easy to use, reproducible, and it is going viral in many parts of the world. The benefits? Radical and exponential ministry replication.
In the training, you will learn:
A Simple Disciple-Making Strategy
Biblical Concepts for Spiritual Multiplication
The DNA of Church Growth
The Role of Prayer in Kingdom Expansion
How to Engage Seekers in Truth Discovery
A Transformational Model for Marketplace and Community
Key Tools to Advance the Great Commission
This event will offer dual track training for beginner and intermediate levels .
Join us this June 21-22 for a one-and-a-half-day train-ing event you will not want to miss! To register go to www.regonline.com/m28 or click on the link located on the National Conference registration site. For registration questions, contact Julie Collard at email@example.com. [NOTE: This in-depth training will differ from the introductory M:28 workshop offered during the National Conference.]
Note: An M:28 introductory workshop and a Q & A workshop for advanced users will also be offered during ISI National Conference.
What are ISI staff saying about M:28?
Here are just a few of the comments from those using the M:28 discipleship model…
“‘Can we study the Bible two times a week?’ Wow! Once a week was not enough for Jay.* He has invited about ten friends of his to join him in this discovery Bible study...Jay grew up in a Hindu home and went to a Catholic school. When he left home for college he became an Atheist. He decided he didn’t agree with any of the religions he was familiar with. Now he says, ‘I am searching for God.’”
“Based on M:28, one student, Adam, has grown from not being sure there is a God, to wrestling with the realization that there is a human sin nature that is ines-capable without God’s action. It has been a joy to see some of these discoveries.”
“We have been using this simple method for 1.5 years now, and have seen for ourselves how effective this approach is. Of the 9 people who have been in M:28 Bible studies with us, 7 became followers of Jesus in just 9 months...Of those 7, all of them have been sharing with friends and family about Jesus, and all have brought friends to study the Bible. All 7 of these new believers are either leading their own M-28 Bible studies, or are in the process of gath-ering friends, co-workers, or family to start M-28 Bible studies
I'm in Chicago for foundational meetings with LOVE2020, an initiative of the Mission America Coalition (U.S. Lasusanne), to encourage believers to practice a prayer-care-share lifestyle in relations and communities. This applies to demonstrating the Great Commandment in cross-cultural, appropriate caring and sharing (the gospel) with international students. This what we desire to do in ISM and also encourage and equip
others to do.
For more info on both MAC and LOVE2020, please see:
Among the various networks I serve as an ISM mobilizer, it is my privilege to be on
the Mission America Coaltion National Facilitation Team.
Serving International Students with you,
Dear co-worker among internationals,
It’s not too late to make plans to join us in Columbus, OH for this year’s ACMI convention from May 30th – June 1st. This promises to be a great time of mutual encouragement, being stretched in faith, and to be equipped further for new frontiers in international student ministry. If you are not already registered, would you prayerfully consider coming for one or all of the following reasons:
1). there are not only several workshops oriented toward international students but an entire track that will help equip them for ministry. It is vital that international Christians be raised up as coworkers and inviting them to join for this conference will help in this process. Please note that there is a special rate for international students. Please consider inviting/sending your key students. We hope that each person coming will make it a goal to invite one international believer to come!
2). There are a number of new and creative workshops offered that help address a wide span of current issues in ISM. We also will be having a special speaker that will help us address the most exciting recent development in ISM - the influx of Saudi Arabian students. He is one of the few believers from this background who is himself a former international student. If, for this reason alone, you do not want to miss this year's conference. Please be sure to look through the full range of workshops at acmiconference.com. Note the themes of Cultural Sensitivity, Cultivating Change Agents, Emotional Spiritual Development of people doing ISM, engaging with the Least Engaged People groups, Practical Issues for international students, and Capacity Building. WOW… a lot is being offered.
3). There will be a special social time for single's on Saturday night at the end of the conference. The short north provides a gallery hop to visit art galleries while visiting small coffee shops and local eateries. Singles involved in ISM don't get many chances to hang out with other so take advantage of this special opportunity.
4). While many look forward to coming to learn how to better serve internationals we know that many need encouragement and refreshment. We have several workshops dealing with stress related issues and hope that if you find yourself low on energy or in need of encouragement that you will make a special effort to come. We will also have special times of prayer to strengthen you for the battles you are facing.
5). You will find new frontiers in recruiting volunteers, engaging pastors, seeing the big picture, exercising faith and practicing hospitality. We are confident that you will be stimulated to lay hold of the promises of God and see how God has raised up ISM for such a time as this. This is not “same old same old.” This conference is a gathering to move into the future together.
The bottom line is we do not want you to miss out on this special opportunity. Please register early and then go to work to bring a team from your area.
PLEASE REGISTER AT www.acmiconference.com
A child of the King,
Co-chair acmi conferenc '13
International Friendships, Inc.
Q: I have a Nepali girl who wants to know about the Bible and has requested a book to read about it. Anybody know of something good that would also inspire her to read the Bible itself?
A: Depending on her language ability and what she means by "a book about the Bible", Case for Christ might be a good one to introduce her to the core of Biblical teaching.
A: This might be a little unusual, but The Jesus Storybook Bible is a children's Bible with some of the best Biblical theology I've seen in that genre. It is a "kids book", but if she can look past that, it is surprisingly well written, the stories covered are relatively short, they cover key topics, and they all point to Christ. It will give her a good, reasonably strong overview of the Bible itself.
The HOPE DVD also gives a good overview of the Bible from Creation through Christ.
A: Maybe "The Story"? If she's good at English and into philosophy, "The Book that made Your World" is good too (but very very deep).
Scholarships to Encourage More Japanese to Study Overseas
By MIKI TANIKAWA
Published: May 5, 2013
TOKYO — To encourage more Japanese youths to study abroad, a plan is in the works to offer scholarships to those taking short-term overseas courses, the Japanese education minister, Hakubun Shimomura, said during a visit to Washington.
The offer, which Mr. Shimomura said would be available as early as 2017, is tied to a series of education initiatives by Japan’s conservative government headed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is eager to make the country more competitive internationally.
Speaking last Wednesday at a conference organized by the U.S.-Japan Research Institute in Washington, Mr. Shimomura said that the grants could give a badly needed lift to the number of Japanese students abroad, which has been declining steadily.
The number of Japanese students studying overseas peaked at 82,945 in 2004 and fell to 58,060 in 2010, according to the Ministry of Education. Fewer than 20,000 Japanese students studied in the United States in 2011, compared with 46,000 in 1999, according to the Institute of International Education.
Read the rest of the article at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/06/world/asia/Scholarships-to-Encourage-More-Japanese-to-Study-Overseas.html?nl=learning&emc=edit_tc_20130508&_r=0
Remembering Lu Lingzi
Alec Hill, President of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA
May 3, 2013
Two days after the Boston Marathon bombing, the media released the name of the third victim, Lu Lingzi, a Chinese student. As I read several articles, my heart stopped: I recognized the background of many of her photos—Toah Nipi, our camp in New Hampshire. This tragic story had suddenly become very personal.
Student visa system gets scathing review
By Maria Sacchetti
| Globe Staff
May 04, 2013
Azamat Tazhayakov (left) and Dias Kadyrbayev (center) were in the United States on invalid visas, officials say.
Homeland Security officials have redoubled their efforts to check foreign students’ visas at airports and border crossings since a Kazakh student charged with destroying evidence in the Boston Marathon bombings used an invalid visa to reenter the United States in January.
Azamat Tazhayakov, a friend of suspected bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, passed through a security checkpoint at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport 16 days after the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth notified federal officials that his low grades had invalidated his student visa.
“How do you get back into this country without a visa?” Senator Charles Grassley, Republican of Iowa, said by phone Friday. “Is our system working or isn’t it?”
Federal investigators arrested Tazhayakov and his roommate, Dias Kadyrbayev, both 19-year-old students from Kazakhstan, for alleged immigration violations five days after the deadly attacks, intensifying concerns that Homeland Security is failing to properly monitor the 850,000 foreign students and their US schools at a time when student visas are soaring.
After the bombings, officials issued an order “effective immediately’’ telling agents to verify that every foreign student coming into the United States has a valid visa, by checking their paper records against a computer database of foreign students. Officials are also making sure that Customs and Border Protection, the Homeland Security agency that screens arrivals at airports and borders, has updated information on foreign students….
See the complete article at http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/05/03/federal-officials-redouble-checks-foreign-students-visas-after-marathon-bombings/7YrdYuRvduwNoyWQ9buTxI/story.html
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