My Masters of Arts in Chinese Studies program at CUHK has kept me pretty busy these days. I’m learning so much about China, its history, and its people. My favorite class is called “The Critical Cultural History of China” taught by renowned professor of Chinese Religion: Dr. John Lagerwey. A graduate of Harvard University, Professor Lagerwey is able to slice Chinese history into digestible bits for the layman or lay students (haha) to understand. What I’m learning this semester is highly relevant and important to my new project “Helping China Recognize Judaism” for (oh) so many reasons.
First, in order to do a successful cross-cultural project, one must be educated of the other side so to speak. Stephen Covey, author of the International Best-Selling Book Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, says it best with the habit of “Seek First to Understand, Then Being Understood”. I’m doing both here in Hong Kong: Learning about China at CUHK and Learning about Jews at Melton Class offered by Ohel Leah Synagogue.
Second, generally speaking, it is wise to learn about China these days, no matter what field you work in. China will become the new world superpower in the next few decades. Why not brush up on a little of its history and language? You are only helping yourself with this knowledge.
Last, but not least, I’m looking to perform a small research project related to Chinese and Jewish cultures Spring semester 2013. This program is a great stepping stone and practice for my future research interest of cultures mixing.
My project is now officially underway. I have submitted an itemized budget to Schusterman Foundation for approval before receiving grant funding. Winter holiday travel booked with stops in San Francisco, New York City, and Dallas. Setting up meetings with Jewish people around the United States who may have an interest in “Helping China Understand Judaism”. Constructing a Powerpoint sales presentation on “Why Jews should care about being recognized by China”. Looking forward to spend a few days in the heart of Jewish America–NYC.
If you have any connections in NYC that you think will be mutual beneficial, please feel free to email me.
Until next time…signing off