Stumped On What To Ask?

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I’m heading to the U.S. soon.  I’ll be seeing and talking to lots of people.  I think sometimes it feels intimidating to talk to someone like me, who seems to have such a different life.  And so people either avoid me or end up asking “so, how was it?” (which is so broad its hard to answer) or about the weather (while there’s nothing essentially wrong with this question, it gets boring after awhile).  To hopefully make these encounters less awkward, I’ve put together of some questions I think we’ll both find more interesting than the weather.  And remember, I live in China–try not to ask about my trip (unless you are referring to my travel to the U.S.).



Some Possible Questions

  • What was one of your proudest moments?
  • What was one of your most overwhelming or embarrassing moments?
  • What’s something you really love about Chinese culture?
  • What’s hard about living in China/Beijing?
  • What do you do for fun?
  • What’s something you’ve learned from Chinese culture/Chinese people/the Chinese church?
  • Where do you shop for ___________?
  • What’s a memorable food experience?
  • How do you celebrate Christmas/Thanksgiving/4th of July/your birthday?
  • What’s your favorite Chinese holiday?
  • You wrote about _____ on your blog.  I’m wondering _______.
  • I know a student from China.  How can I help them feel welcome in the U.S.?
  • How are you, really?
  • How can I/we pray for you?


4 Responses

  1. Sharon Wiersum

    Thanks Ruth for the great conversation questions! We are praying for you on each step of your process. It was unique to hear your words of summer being over as WE ARE clinging with our fingernails to the last dog days of summer!!! You will remember some of our most wonderful weather is at end of August….warm days, cool nights! Hope to connect with You. Many blessings.

    • Ruth

      I know that summer isn’t technically over, but for me emotionally, the move is the end of summer. That said, I’m planning on visiting in as many visits to the beach as I can while the weather lasts!

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