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Safe Spaces and Storytelling: Developing the Emerging Indian Leader

I was about six years old (or so I’m told) when my dad signed me up to sing in front of a sea of brown people at a local Indian Christian conference. Unsure about the experience, I, a young Indian girl, stood before the mic. I looked at the mic…
Does Indian Christianity Still Matter? A letter to the Indian American Church from Pastor Alex Thomas
November 13, 2023

“Even in the Dark” — Finding the Rest and Grace of Jesus on Diwali

As a member of the “American Desi” community, I am an Indian in diaspora who has spent his entire life celebrating Diwali. As a father, my excitement has grown because I get to share the beautiful heritage of Diwali with my kids. In Diwali, divine light overcomes darkness, good overcomes…
September 26, 2023

“Lord, We Are Coming”: Creating a Spiritual Haven for AAPI Activist Ministry Leaders

For each of us, God’s invitation to “Come and talk with me,” and our response, “Lord, I am coming,” takes place in our own contexts, in our own lived and imaginative landscapes. I hope that we will all have more opportunities to take a holy pause with others in our…
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August 8, 2023

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…
August 1, 2023

The “Model Minority” Myth in the Chinese American Church

Chinese Americans (and Asian Americans) continue to live in the liminal space of the margins. This is not to say that much hasn’t been gained in both secular and religious life. However, as the “model minority,” they remain on the outside, looking to the majority for guidance and direction in…
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,…
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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