One of the motivations of this blog was to get issues of being Asian American and Christian out on the table. At the time I started this blog, I thought it was quite characteristic of Asian culture that while there were a slew of Asians who were technologically savvy, they were unwilling to write on these issues and more comfortable shopping for car kits or reading up on the latest gadgets. Of course, that’s not all true, everyday I find many people are engaging in discourse about these issues and I am humbled by the amount of brain power and spirit-filled wisdom out there.
So here are a few good reads, articles, and blogs…hopefully some you haven’t read yet!
First is Anthony Bradley‘s latest post, “Why Blacks Are Leaving Evangelical Ministries: The Failure of Racial Reconciliation”. I think the issues he brings up are just as significant for we as Asian Americans to explore lest we simply adopt a false “colorblind” (read white) approach to church.
From another African American brother’s blog, whose commentary on Korean culture has been absolutely soul-pricking comes two posts in particular: one on suicide in Korea and the ways in which we swallow up dysfunction and wipe our mouths clean; and another on the Korean obsession with success in the educational system and how that leads to a culturally understood sense of corruption.
L2 Foundation’s blog posted a wonderful story about reconciliation between Japanese and Korean worshippers at Urbana –a glimpse of heaven on earth. Definitely worth the daily inspiration!
Here’s an article that should inform us that skin color still matters. This study released on the AP only a few days ago shows us that immigrants get paid more or less relative to skin color.
And of course, on another immigration note, even if you’re East Asian and have a lighter skin tone, it certainly doesn’t guarantee you anything– “Undocumented Korean Family Faces Harsh Winter.”
Peter Ong posted this on “The Five Streams of the Emergent Church“, while Bruce Reyes-Chow posted his “Five Rules of the Emergent Church“. All of which seems very timely since this is going on in my backyard.
Hopefully, it’s not too late to harp on this, but I think it’s really a bold move. Peter Nguyen, my new friend in the Florida area is starting up AAIM, and to that end he wrote an open letter speaking to what he called the Five N.E.E.D.S. of our generation. DJ Chuang has graciously put together the responses (One and Two), one of which I got to be a part of along with Co “Bumble” Ho.
ElderJ, who is a great friend, had an excellent post about Hierarchy & the Church, which is a tough, tough subject to broach, much less seek answers on, but I’m glad I have friends like him to challenge me.
Racialicious, an anti-racism blog and non-profit, recently posted something very interesting about”the high rates of interracial marriage among Asian-American women and its implications on community-building and Asian-American feminism.”
Finally, this is more of an APB to help us locate the creators of this site, LeadershipAdvice.com. There is a lot of good material on there, although it doesn’t look like it’s been updated recently or any contact information. Thanks to DJ for that find. Please leave me a comment if you know who set that site up and if they’d be willing to collaborate more.
Well, that’s it for January. I’ll gather up links for next month as they come along related to race, culture, and faith. Keep blogging~