The Asian American Church

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  • The Asian American Church

    1. 1. Blessings of Asian Pacific American Christianity: Forever Foreigners or Resident Aliens? © Russell Jeung, Ph.D. Do not reuse or reprint without the permission of author [email_address]
    2. 2. One of these things are not like the others: <ul><li>Salmon </li></ul><ul><li>Crab </li></ul><ul><li>Lobster </li></ul><ul><li>A Vietnamese or Pakistani run over by a steamroller </li></ul><ul><li>Answer: a. Salmon. All the others are crustaceans (crushed Asians) </li></ul>
    3. 3. Crushed Asian Americans—The Worst of Both Worlds? <ul><li>Oppressive parents who compare </li></ul><ul><li>Stereotypes and Racism </li></ul><ul><li>Closed, Status-Oriented Ethnic Communities </li></ul><ul><li>Rampant Individualism </li></ul><ul><li>Our Identities as Resident Aliens </li></ul>“ Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” St. Peter to us
    4. 4. One of these things is not like the others: <ul><li>Asian American Christians </li></ul><ul><li>The Model Minority—Overachieving, Nerdy, and Godly too! </li></ul><ul><li>Upwardly Mobile and Acculturated </li></ul><ul><li>Secure in their identity, Compassionate and Just </li></ul><ul><li>Answer: None of the above—Asian American Christianity is diverse and redemptive! </li></ul>William Hung, 2004 American Idol Contestant
    5. 5. The First Asian American Christians and Building Community <ul><li>Yung Wing and the Chinese Education Mission </li></ul><ul><li>Persecution of Chinese Christians </li></ul><ul><li>The First Asian American Pastor, Jee Gam </li></ul><ul><li>Youxue Zhengdaohui </li></ul>First Converts, Chinese Congregational Mission, 1870s
    6. 6. The Gung Ho Spirit <ul><li>YWCA established in 1916 </li></ul><ul><li>Chinese American Female Board of Directors in 1929 </li></ul><ul><li>Over 700 members, serving 15,000 a year during the Depression </li></ul><ul><li>Gung Ho: Working together in partnership of the gospel </li></ul>SF Chinatown YWCA
    7. 7. Japanese American Christians and “Doho no tame ni” <ul><li>Kanichi Miyama and Kumataro Nonaka-1875 </li></ul><ul><li>Rev. Joseph Kitagawa on Exile in Internment Camps </li></ul><ul><li>Masaru Nambu, The Upper Room 1977 </li></ul><ul><li>Building Pan-Asian Caucuses </li></ul>Rev. Joseph K. Tsukamoto and Family , 1942—LA Examiner/USC Library Photo Collection
    8. 8. Sasageru: The Teriyaki Chicken of God <ul><li>1600 pieces of chicken </li></ul><ul><li>Abandoning the Japanese Doll Festival </li></ul><ul><li>Teriyaki Chicken and the spirit of sacrifice </li></ul><ul><li>Sacrifice: self-denial with a long-term perspective </li></ul>
    9. 9. UC Asian American Alumni and Oak Park Apartments <ul><li>Cambodian refugees </li></ul><ul><li>Latino dayworkers </li></ul><ul><li>UC Alumni </li></ul>
    10. 10. Neighborhood Context <ul><li>Poverty </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of Strong Institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Gang Violence </li></ul><ul><li>Drugs and Crime </li></ul>
    11. 11. Tenant Organizing <ul><li>Welfare Reform </li></ul><ul><li>Police Harassment </li></ul><ul><li>Community Clean-ups </li></ul>
    12. 12. Grounds for a Lawsuit <ul><li>Backed up sewers </li></ul><ul><li>Electrical Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Leaky Roofs </li></ul><ul><li>Roaches and Mice </li></ul><ul><li>Asthma </li></ul>
    13. 13. Standing With the Tenants <ul><li>Language Barriers </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural Barriers </li></ul><ul><li>Economic Constraints </li></ul>
    14. 14. God’s Movement for New Hope: Justice and Compassion <ul><li>$1 million in damages </li></ul><ul><li>Permanent Affordable Housing </li></ul><ul><li>Decent Housing Month </li></ul><ul><li>Down Payment for Church/Preschool </li></ul><ul><li>Cambodian Church Participation </li></ul>
    15. 15. The Blessings of Asian Pacific American Identity: Resident Alien Values <ul><li>Gung Ho Community </li></ul><ul><li>“ For the Sake of Others” Sacrifice </li></ul><ul><li>Newcomer Compassion </li></ul><ul><li>Restorative Justice </li></ul>

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