Resources on Fellowship & Hospitality

Our meeting at the International Cooperation Department at our university in China was to be a routine meet-and-greet. Our foreign affairs officer offered us water. Not thirsty, we declined. She made some welcoming comments and then offered water again. We declined again, and as the meeting started she placed two bottles of water in front of us. Her English was excellent, we had said “No, thanks,” and we proceeded to drink the water we had been given. Wait a minute…what?