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Imagining What’s Possible: Reflecting on AAPI Women’s Leadership in the Vineyard Association

How can we identify the unique gifts of the AAPI community – seeing what and who is overlooked by the church at large, to serve those unseen in ways missed by the broader Vineyard movement, and also gather their gifts in ways that create a stronger Vineyard movement overall? How…
The “Model Minority” Myth in the Chinese American Church
July 18, 2023

Asian Americans are changing the religious landscape. So why aren’t we talking about them?

Asian Americans are not an insignificant or assimilated-and-erased minority in our nation. They are a complex, multifaceted demographic that is redefining and reshaping the future of the American landscape.
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June 30, 2023

Telling Our Stories, Telling God’s Story: the Ministry of Spiritual Direction and Being Asian Canadian

The story of my own formation, as a spiritual director, and a Christian of Asian Canadian heritage is an integral part of the story of the Church and the story of God. The stories of others in my community, their stories of immigration, of belonging and not belonging, of racism,…
June 12, 2023

100 Percent Authentic Fake: Asian Americans and the Power of Being Authentically Fake

What does it mean to be an Asian American?  What does it mean to be an Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI)?  What does it mean to be an American?  What does it mean to be an authentic American? In one sense, it is the question, “Who is an authentic American?”…
May 23, 2023

The Story of Saffron: From Awakening to Disillusionment as an Indian American Woman

So this is the story of saffron in my life, and how my revival had come to fruition. In this book, you will follow along somewhat chronologically on this journey. It begins with my awakening, followed by navigating my racial identity, and then reckoning with the disillusionment. These are poems…
May 17, 2023

Reconciliation — Moving Beyond Tolerance to Love and Acceptance

My heart is broken and still breaking whenever I think about the tragedy that took place at Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church. But I will continue to believe in a God who promises that it shall come to pass: “The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat…
May 15, 2023

Understanding the Political and Historical Formations of Taiwanese Identity

I cannot change the past. I cannot undo the fact that the reason why my family ended up in Taiwan was for reasons connected to the agenda of a military dictator who terrorized the ancestors and families of many of my close friends — and even some of my extended…
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David Chao | The 1517 Project and the Spirit of Post-Christendom Christianity

This lecture was recorded on April 29, 2023, as part of the 2023 Asian American Theology Conference “Multiple Belongings in Transpacific Christianities: Christian Faith and Asian Migration to the US.” Find out more about the conference here: Introduction by Dr. Easten Law of Princeton Theological Seminary.
July 27, 2023
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David Chao | Opening Remarks to 2023 Asian American Theology Conference These opening remarks were recorded on April 28, 2023, as part of the 2023 Asian American Theology Conference “Multiple Belongings in Transpacific Christianities: Christian Faith and Asian Migration to the US.” Find out more about the conference here:
July 20, 2023
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Easten Law | Framing Asian American Discipleship Across Generations: Displacement, Migration, and Belonging in China and America

Christian discipleship is defined as the deepening of one’s relationship with Christ and draws from biblical teachings in the context of a church community. This conception is true but inadequate. Discipleship programs generally exclude explicit engagement with the complexities of cultural heritage, family belonging, and migration that characterize Asian American…
June 16, 2023

Asian American religions: Everywhere, all at once

“Asian American religions: Everywhere, all at once,” co-curated by Carolyn Chen (UC Berkeley), Tammy C. Ho (UC Riverside), and Jane Iwamura (University of the West) of the Asian Pacific American Religions Research Initiative (APARRI) as well as Mona Oraby (TIF editor and Howard University) who also edited the forum, expands…
June 12, 2023
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Dr. Shirley Lung | Taiwanese Churches in Diaspora and Ethnic Identity Formation

Using ethnographic and interview data, this presentation explains Taiwanese ethnic identity formation in the United States and its endurance in the Taiwanese Christian and greater immigrant community. I argue that formative homeland events during periods of peak migration define and carve out ethnic boundaries, creating a time capsule-like effect for…
June 1, 2023
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Gabriel J. Catanus | Multiple Un-Belongings: Filipino American Theology and the Problem of Home

After centuries of colonial violence, Filipino American identity and Christianity are characterized by experiences of un-belonging. This un-belonging manifests in ways that are pastorally and ecclesially significant, as US Filipinos negotiate Christian faith with increasing distance from the Philippines itself. To theologize and minister with Filipino American churches, then, is…
May 25, 2023