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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.
February 22, 2022

Podcast: Jonathan Tran | Yellow Christianity

Dr. Jonathan Tran's public lecture on April 8, 2022 titled "Yellow Christianity" continues themes from his book, Asian Americans and the Spirit of Racial Capitalism (Oxford University Press, 2022). Dr. Tran, Associate Professor of Philosophical Theology at Baylor University, develops an account of “yellow” politics and Christianity that begins with particular sites of racial capitalist oppression and domination and pushes toward liberative…
April 12, 2022

Reconciliation in Christ: The Call of the Mixed Race

This week we welcome Naomi M. Wong to the blog. Naomi is a third-year M.div student at Princeton Theological Seminary. She is also a poet and novelist. As a mixed-race, Chinese and Black person, I have found that to speak of my Asianness is also to speak of my Blackness. The two are inseparable––unable to be sorted, categorized, and selectively…
April 12, 2022

The Gift of Presence

From this model of family togetherness, I’ve come to know how showing up for church family is one of the ultimate reasons of God’s will and for my own being. Jesus came as Emmanuel, God with us, to restore our very purpose as God’s creation and to repair our communion with God. Jesus showed up to make a new people,…
April 5, 2022

Podcast: Helen Jin Kim | One Year After Atlanta: Race, Empire, and American Evangelicalism

On March 28, 2022, Dr. Helen Jin Kim, Associate Professor of American Religious History at Candler School of Theology at Emory University, presented at the fourth Asian American Theology and Ministry Colloquium at Princeton Theological Seminary of this academic year. Dr. Kim discusses first what it means to recast the history of modern evangelical America by turning toward the Pacific and…
April 4, 2022

The Gift of Dim Sum: Lightly Touching Your Heart

My family took Saturday excursions to Chinatown to shop, to join youth groups, to work at my father’s office, and mostly, to eat. Although I would occasionally go off on my own to get a cheeseburger, my father especially loved having the entire family go out for yum cha (drink tea) in order to enjoy dim sum (lightly touching your heart) dishes such as…
March 22, 2022

Roti as a Metaphor for an Embodied Ministry

Just as roti can be made with two simple ingredients, ministry doesn’t have to be so complicated. Ministry is simply responding to what is before us – the work of healing, care, reconciliation, redemption, and justice. This approach shatters unhealthy expectations and creates opportunity for thriving through adaptability, creativity, and flexibility in ministry. 
March 8, 2022

Podcast: Janette Ok | Preaching as Asian Americans

On February 24, 2022, Dr. Janette Ok, Associate Professor of New Testament at Fuller Seminary, presented at the second Asian American Theology and Ministry Colloquium at Princeton Theological Seminary of this year. Dr. Ok asks, What does it mean to preach in a way that reflects being Asian American? Is there such a thing as a distinctly Asian American voice…
March 6, 2022

Podcast: Russell Jeung | Stop AAPI Hate and Racial Trauma

Dr. Jeung’s lecture in the Mental Health and Asian Americans Conference discusses the collective racial trauma that our communities are facing during COVID-19, its historic precedence, and indigenous approaches toward healing. Listen on all streaming platforms here.
February 28, 2022