God vs. Country – Lygia Navarro
Lygia Navarro writes about how Chinese students, educated as atheists since they were in the kindergartens, get converted by Christian ministers when they are studying in the U.S., and what it means to those students.
From East Bay Express:
On a clear spring evening in Berkeley, Ying, a former atheist, goes to church. Inside the building’s fluorescent-lit dining room, she sets out folding chairs for a dinner that will precede the evening’s Bible study. Not quite five feet tall and carrying herself with a mixture of nervous reserve and childlike joy, she pauses from chatting with friends in Mandarin to whisper conspiratorially: This friend is a new believer, too, Ying says in her soft, self-conscious English; that girl doesn’t believe at all, but she comes to learn about the Bible anyway.[Full Text]