When I went to Peru as a mission students, I learned many different things about culture and missions. Several of those things have stuck with me and help me to this day. Here are some “Cultural Dos and Don’ts” from Austin Gardner, that I think equally apply to China. These are good reminders for short-term groups when visiting the mission field.
Cultural Dos and Don’ts
1. Do not treat their church any differently than you would a church in the United States. Their church is just as good, and many times much more spiritual than a church in the US.
2. Don’t treat national pastors any differently than you would a pastor in the United States
3. Do not eat or drink in front of them without offering them something.
4. Do not constantly criticize their country or talk about your country and all that you miss there or how it is better, etc.
6. Develop a taste for their foods. Eat with them. Do not turn your nose up at their food.
7. Do not skip church or stay outside the building during church services, etc. Get involved with the people in the service.
8. Look at things like they do. They aren’t strange or new–you are.