“With the exploding economy in China, my advice to you would be to learn Chinese,” said President Dr. Billy Wilson during chapel. “We need to understand the power of China in the future, so I encourage you to get involved.”
Chinese 101 classes will be offered in the spring 2014 semester.
“A Chinese minor will be particularly useful for International Business majors as well as others interested in ministry or international work,” said Dr. Linda Gray, Professor of English and Chair of English and Modern Languages Department.
Gray said the new Global Studies major has an option of Asian, Latin American or Middle Eastern concentrations, and Chinese can serve as a minor for those who choose Asia as their concentration.
“As I walked the streets of Shanghai, 26 million people surrounded me in a country of almost 1.4 billion people,” said Wilson.
He said that there are currently 235,000 Chinese students studying in the U.S. but only 26,000 students from the U.S. are studying in China.
“Several years ago, we did offer Mandarin Chinese as a general education course,” said Gray. “But we had to discontinue it because our Chinese teacher was no longer available.”
Gray said they are now blessed to have a Christian faculty member, who is a native.
Mrs. Jenny Chen Fang (pronounced “Fong”) accepted Jesus as her personal Savior in 1996. Her favorite verse is Deuteronomy 6:5, “Love the Lord your God will all of your heart, with all of your soul and all your strength.”
Fang completed her MBA at the University of Kansas and taught Chinese at Tulsa Community College. In the past years she has served as Chinese American Association of Tulsa president and enjoys serving her local community through worship and student ministry.
In the fall 2014 semester, a 102 course will be offered along with 101. Then in the Spring of 2015 they will add a 203 course, giving students a chance to use Chinese courses as a foreign language requirement. Eventually, additional courses will be added so students may complete an 18 hour Chinese minor.
“The future I believe involves having better relations with China and evangelizing it for the Glory of God,” said Wilson. “That way, we can strengthen the church for the days ahead.”