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Choosing Friendship over Doctrine: Rethinking my Approach Towards Conservative Asian American Christians


(We all know how difficult it can be to discuss controversial topics, such as politics or theology, with friends who have different beliefs than you. The following is a brief reflection on my process of choosing friendship over being right.) Recently, I attended an evangelical event with some 300 other Asian Americans. The event had … Continue reading

The Challenge of Neighborhood-Church Relations for Gardena Valley Baptist Church


Written June 10, 2011 for my “Asian American Churches and their Missional Contexts” Class at Fuller Theological Seminary For the Shalom of the City: The Challenge of Neighborhood-Church Relations for Gardena Valley Baptist Church Introduction How can Gardena Valley Baptist Church (GVBC) strengthen its relationship with its neighborhood? This has been a recent topic of … Continue reading

Reflections on Yang’s “Paper Tigers: What happens to all the Asian American overachievers once the test taking ends?”


Written May 12, 2011   Certain Monday nights tend to be hectic. We have monthly meetings to discuss the church’s role in our small Gardena community. After much banter and deliberation, the meeting adjourned an hour early and I was left with my own somewhat pessimistic thoughts to digest our discussion. Alone in the vacant … Continue reading

Seek Justice: A Chinese and Japanese American Christian Response to Social Justice


Written May 2009 as my final thesis for my Bachelors of Arts in Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University.   Abstract This article examines how Asian American Christians in Los Angeles County have applied their faith to social justice. Using literature-based research and interviews with 16 Chinese and Japanese American Christians, the author … Continue reading

AAPI Christians for Social Justice Conference: October 12-13, 2012


AAPI-CSJ to Hold Historic Event: Asian American & Pacific Islanders Seeking Biblical Values and Social Justice Conference Have you ever wondered, “How would Jesus vote?” Are you seeking opportunities to expand your perspective on important social issues and how they relate to your faith? You can join the open discussion at the conference Asian American … Continue reading

An Asian American Evangelical Church’s Call: Seeing the Humanity in Our (Black and Low-Income) Neighbors


I wrote this article in July 2011 for GVBC’s bi-weekly Spirit newsletter, when I was on Gardena Valley Baptist Church staff as pastoral intern of neighborhood impact. It was an attempt to help our church members begin the process of looking inward at our isms, beliefs, and values which may restrict our openness toward those … Continue reading

“Jeremy Lin ‘SNL’ Sketch Takes On Racist Linsanity Jokes”


Jeremy Lin ‘SNL’ Sketch Takes On Racist Linsanity Jokes, Media Commentary (VIDEO) SNL’s satirical commentary on the Linsanity craze. While its depiction of race relations was humorous, it played on the API community’s somewhat lack of political consciousness, representation, and voice. This skit was shown in light of ESPN’s insensitive headline towards the Knicks’ recent … Continue reading

The Struggles of Discussing Race in the Asian American Evangelical Church


Reposted at Racialicious.com and bytheirstrangefruit.blogspot.com.   Recently, while attending one of the most ethnically diverse evangelical seminaries in the nation, I found myself in an environment where I had to defend the argument that race still matters. Don’t get me wrong; students and faculty alike openly discussed ethnic and societal culture; and although all were … Continue reading

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