Asian American Program

Statement on the Atlanta Murders

On March 16, 2021, a White gunman shot and killed eight human beings in Atlanta, Georgia. Six were women of Asian descent. We honor their lives by naming them: Daoyou Feng, 44; Hyun Jung Grant, 51; Sun Cha Kim, 69; Soon Chung Park, 74; Xiaojie Tan, 49; Yong Ae Yue, 63. This mass shooting comes after a year-long assault against the Asian American community in which racist political rhetoric during the pandemic has put a bulls-eye on the backs of many Asian Americans. Asian American women have borne the brunt of this racialized marginalization and violence partly because of a long history of the objectification and sexualization of Asian women. These recent events and this past year tap into a history going back to the nineteenth century of anti-Asian racism, exclusion, mass incarceration, and hate.

We lament the destruction and marginalization of God’s image bearers. We remember the prophets of old who proclaimed, “Learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow” (Isaiah 1:17). As followers of Jesus Christ, who taught that the kingdom of God is a kingdom of righteousness, we believe that justice is central to the gospel and to God.

During the pandemic, the 3800 reported hate incidents against Asian Americans have taken an emotional and psychic toll upon the Asian American community. From the students of Asian descent at Princeton Theological Seminary, we have heard many stories of sleeplessness, nightmares, panic attacks, emotional breakdown, existential hollowness, terror in leaving the apartment (for mundane tasks), and above all, anger.

Many Asian Americans are angry that it takes a mass shooting to make visible the plight of Asians in America. We unequivocally condemn all acts of hate and violence against Asian Americans. We call upon Christian churches of all kinds to speak out against racism and misogyny in all its forms, especially against the Asian American community during these fraught times. We urge Asian American pastors to address the issue of racial justice for Asian Americans from the pulpit. We encourage Asian Americans to seek help and emotional support from their communities during this period of prolonged social isolation and racial violence.

Come Holy Spirit, we ask for your healing and reconciling power!

Steering Committee of the 2021 Asian American Theology Conference
Princeton Theological Seminary



An Interview with Jesse Jackson and Norman Fong

In San Francisco Wednesday, two legendary religious leaders had one message: love, not hate. NBC Bay Area’s Marcus Washington sat down with civil rights legend Rev. Jesse Jackson and Chinatown’s Rev. Norman Fong to talk about combating AAPI hate. (

Dr. Melissa Borja: Finding Strength to Carry on During #StopAAPIHate

Virulent Hate: Stories of Anti-Asian Racism and Asian American Resistance During Covid-19


Our communities stand united against racism. Hate against Asian American Pacific Islander communities has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Honoring the Lives of Women Who Refuse to Be Scrubbed Away

When the deceased women are framed around the killer’s addiction, such speculation painfully flattens their stories.

Busting the Model Minority Myth

Is the Model Minority Myth true? Have Asian Americans collectively found a way to use wealth and success to mitigate our experiences of racism in the US? In this article, Dr. Michelle Reyes unpacks the history of the model minority myth, consider four negative effects this myth has on Asian Americans, and offer tangible steps to begin busting this myth.

Look Again: Subverting the Model Minority Myth

An interactive online curriculum exposes the Model Minority Myth as a tool of White supremacy that projects certain images onto Asian Americans while erasing our actual experiences, struggles, and diversity.

In God’s Economy, Racial Groups Are Not Competitors

Sweeping the history of anti-Asian American racism under the rug just follows the general pattern of sweeping everything under the rug to make for a tidy-looking house.

Asian Americans

Excellent five-hour PBS docu-series on Asian American history, now available for free streaming.

Field of Vision – Do Not Split

WARNING: This video contains scenes of violence some might find disturbing and profanity. Told from within the heart of the Hong Kong protests, “Do Not Split” begins in 2019 as a proposed bill allowing the Chinese government to extradite criminal suspects to mainland China escalated protests throughout Hong Kong. Unfolding across a year, “Do Not Split” captures the determination and…

A Call to Healing Asian Racialized Trauma

Asians don’t understand our racialized trauma.

#StopAsianHate Rally & Vigil

Sat, March 27, 2021, 1-3PM, Hinds Plaza, Princeton, NJ.

The Gifts of Blessing: Unmerited, Relational Favor

In the Parable of the Prodigal Son, we see shame dynamics at play. The prodigal son acts shamelessly in disrespecting his father, spending his inheritance in excessive display, and wallowing with pigs. He eventually returns, but recognizes he is “no longer worthy” to be called a son. Although the older son is obedient, he too is entrapped by merit-based performance…

Introduction to Asian American Gifts to the Church

This series explores the God-given splendor of the Asian American church that we can offer to the rest of the body. My hope for these posts is that not only will Asian Americans experience gratefulness and perhaps healing of our group identities, but also that we might collectively and intentionally help light up the Kingdom for others. Asian American Christians…

Statement on Anti-Asian Racism in the Time of COVID-19

#AACCStatement denounces the current rise in overt anti-Asian racism throughout our country.

PTS Statement on Commitment to Asians and Asian Americans

Official Princeton Theological Seminary's Statement and Commitment to Asians and Asian Americans.

AAPI Racial Trauma & Mental Health

This guide compiles resources and words that discuss the intersection of AAPI racial trauma and mental health.

Learning To Grieve Anti-Asian Racism As An Asian American

Why aren’t I angrier? Sadder? Why aren’t I speaking out? Compelled to action for my own people?

The Gift of Sacrifice

Asian American Christians, let’s recognize that our ethnic and racial background are gifts from God that help us see Him, interpret His word, and live out our faith in unique ways. Let’s receive God’s love that’s communicated in ways that our hearts readily and intuitively understand. And then, let us who are fluent translate that love to offer ourselves and…

Rolling Stone: Atlanta Spa Shootings: What Korean-Language Media Told Us That the Mainstream Media Didn’t

Korean American communities in Georgia and across the U.S. have been outraged at the differences between Korean-language and English-language coverage of the mass shootings.

Asian American Christian Collaborative

The Asian American Christian Collaborative (AACC) seeks to encourage, equip, and empower Asian American Christians and friends of our community to follow Christ holistically.

The Gift of Hesed: Faithful, Loyal Love

I’ve realized since that the Five Love Languages are not the only fundamental, universal ways to express love. Rather, European Americans often write as if their ways are normative for all, or that their interpretations of Scriptures are orthodox. Clearly, the Five Love Languages are helpful ways of communicating affection, but I believe God has also gifted Asian Americans with five, other love languages.