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Our mission is to advance the scholarly study of Asian American Christianity, develop a forward-looking vision for Asian American theology and ministry, and equip and empower Asian American Christians for faithful gospel ministry and public witness.

Advancing the scholarly study of Asian American Christianity.

The meaning and power of the religious practices of Asian Americans do not easily fit domestic religious narratives stemming from European traditions. The creativity, innovation, and agency of racial minorities are often made illegible under binary labels such as “conservative” and “liberal,” or “evangelical” and “mainline.”

The CAAC centers ethnographic descriptions of the faith and practice of ordinary Asian American Christians. This grounded and empirical approach featuring the transpacific stories of Asian Americans transcend various categories and dualisms that limit the description and understanding of religion in America.

Developing a vision for Asian American theology and ministry.

Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial-ethnic demographic in the United States. Moreover, as White Americans are expected to no longer be a majority in the United States, minority and immigrant churches are poised to transform the face of Christianity in the United States in the next few decades.

The CAAC establishes cutting-edge theories of racial identity and Christian theology that create new scripts for the future of Asian American Christianity, especially for those seeking faithful gospel witness and justice in public life.

Equipping and empowering Asian American Christians for faithful gospel ministry and public witness.

The growing Asian American population holds many joys and struggles in common, including a history of immigration and exclusion and the persistence of anti-Asian racism, as revealed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this, Asian American Christian leaders lack resources facilitating self-understanding, spiritual formation, and professional development that address the particular issues facing their communities.

The CAAC provides leaders, pastors, and churches with cutting-edge knowledge and practical skills for the enrichment of ministry, the formation of Christian disciples, and the building up of communities that hold together justification and justice.

The CAAC is committed to...

Exploring Asian American Identity

A forward-thinking conversation about Asian American identity that emphasizes its immigration history of racialized exclusion and complicates US racial binaries between White and Black.

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Examining New Theological Perspectives

A new conversation about Christian theology in general and Asian American theology in particular that questions the “evangelical vs mainline” and “conservative vs liberal” binaries that plague US society.

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Both these commitments center Asian American faith and practice within material histories of migration and racialization as a way to advance the scholarly study of Christianity and Christian theology and as a means to provide practically-relevant ministry resources for faith leaders.

Leading Voice in Asian American Theology

Princeton Theological Seminary has been a leading voice in Asian American theology and ministry through the work of Professor Emeritus Sang Hyun Lee, the Asian American Program (now the Center for Asian American Christianity), and the establishment of the Kyung-Chik Han Chair of Asian American Theology.

Daily Perspectives

Featuring diverse scholarly and pastoral Asian American Christian voices, the Dialogues Magazine delivers thoughtful material for contemplation and discussion. Around the Web curates news articles and resources relevant to our community.

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Weekly Conversations

In the Dialogues Podcast, we dive deep into topics in Asian American theology and ministry through Dr. David Chao’s conversations with leading scholars, pastors, and activists.

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Monthly and Annual Events

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Monthly Event

Dialogues in Asian American Theology and Ministry

The Dialogues are a series of monthly online or hybrid gatherings to discuss topics related to Asian American theology and ministry. Participants are highly encouraged to share their thoughts and ask questions as we dialogue with our featured speakers.

Why call this “Dialogues”? Theology is God-talk. It is a participation in God’s ongoing dialogue with creation through Israel embodied in the words and deeds of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Asian American theology is participation in this dialogue with God that centers what God is doing in, through, and with the faith and practice of ordinary Asian American Christians for faithful gospel ministry and public witness.

Watch or listen to the last Dialogues session.

Dialogues in Asian American Theology and Ministry

Freedom? A Conversation about Incarceration and Being Asian in the US

Billy Taing and Diane Ujiiye, Co-Directors of API RISE, invite you into conversation about humanizing sisters,…
Annual Event

Asian American Theology Conference

The annual Asian American Theology Conference invites interdisciplinary scholars and ecumenical ministry leaders to present cutting-edge research and practical wisdom on issues of contemporary concern for Asian American Christians and churches.

Watch the 2021 conference playlist.

Watch the 2022 conference playlist.

Annual Event

Mental Health and Asian Americans Conference

The annual Mental Health and Asian Americans Conference brings together mental health experts and practitioners working with Asian American communities to provide insight on the mental health needs of Asian Americans and practical strategies and tools for faith leaders to support their communities.

Director

Center for Asian American Christianity

Dr. David C. Chao

Dr. David C. Chao is director of the Center for Asian American Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary. He teaches courses on Asian American theology, organizes academic programming in Asian American theology and ministry, and mentors Asian and Asian American students. His research and writing focus on Asian American theology, the uses of Christian doctrine for liberation, the convergence and divergence of Protestant and Catholic dogmatics, and the theology of Karl Barth. His first book, titled Concursus and Concept Use in Karl Barth's Doctrine of Providence, is under contract with Routledge. He is grant co-author and project editor for the $300,000 translation grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities to the Karl Barth Translator’s Seminar. He is also developing a multi-volume project on Asian American theology. Chao is a graduate of Yale University (BA), Regent College (MDiv), and Princeton Theological Seminary (ThM, PhD). He is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the Association for Asian American Studies. Chao has a wide range of pastoral experience with Chinese American, Korean American, and Pan-Asian churches and ministries and is an active member of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Producers

Princeton Theological Seminary

Alex Hoshino

Alex is a second generation Japanese American who grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. He has a B.A. in Biblical Studies and Theology from Wheaton College (IL) and is currently a third-year M.Div student at Princeton Theological Seminary where he serves as a research assistant at the Center for Asian American Christianity and as a member of the executive board for the Asian Association at Princeton Theological Seminary. Alex currently resides in Princeton, NJ with his wife Anna, and they greatly enjoy the company of their cat (Celery) and dog (Mango).
Princeton Theological Seminary

Yanan Rahim Navarez Melo

Born and raised in the Philippines, Yanan is currently pursuing an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary. There, he is concentrating his research on the theologies of Karl Barth and James Cone, environmental regeneration/eco-theology, and American religious history. As a writer, Yanan’s research has been published in Christianity Today, Sojourners Magazine, Ideos Institute, Inheritance Magazine, the Institute for Studies in Asian Church and Culture, and more. Moreover, Yanan is a musician and poet who composes neoclassical meditations and theological poetry under the name Yanan & Siegfried. Through his creativity, Yanan seeks to bridge the gap between theological reflection and artistic curiosity.