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While this letter was being circulated for signatures, Exponential released an apology. We are grateful the apology (a) acknowledged the harm caused by the video, (b) unreservedly accepted responsibility for the video’s content, (c) explained the organization’s intention (without excusing the offense), and (d) invited intentional discussion and relationship-building. One of Exponential’s leaders, Dave Ferguson, has personally contacted several of the letter’s signatories to begin those relationships. Exponential’s response to the Asian American community’s concerns has been refreshingly different from the other incidents described in “Asian American Christians United” letter above.
We decided to post the letter even though Exponential offered a sincere apology because we desire to draw attention to the broader pattern of orientalizing Asian American believers by the evangelical church (the video being only the latest iteration of this problem). When (largely dominant culture) organizations ignore, belittle, or misappropriate Asian/Asian American cultures in ways which likely would not happen to other cultures, it reflects an exercise of dominant culture privilege. Dominant culture organizations can pick-and-choose which cultures to be “sensitive” to. This letter asks the dominant culture to begin to pay attention to our communities’ history and experiences.
This letter also invites dominant culture organizations to listen to and learn from the Asian American community. Please also note that we have more to offer than just cross-cultural skills and ethnic sensitivity training. We too are engaged in worship, mission, discipleship, theological reflection, and vibrant worship. Authentically reconciled communities avoid the tokenism of engaging with minority peoples only when race, ethnicity or culture are under consideration.
The Organizing Committee
(Ken Fong, Greg Jao, Kathy Khang, Ken Kong, Christine Lee, Helen Lee, David Park, Bruce Reyes-Chow, Nikki Toyama-Szeto, Sam Tsang, Justin Tse, Tim Tseng, and Daniel So)
Here is a list of the signatories for the “Open Letter”:
Global Intercultural Services (GLINTS)
Peter Cha, LMFT
Peter T. Cha
Minhee Jin Cho
Ricky Y. Choi, MD, MPH
Virstan B.Y. Choy
Christie Heller de Leon
Young Lee Hertig
Rev. Jennifer Ikoma-Motzko
Russell Jeung, Ph.D.
Anne Joh, Ph.D.
Helen Jin Kim
Committee on the Study of Religion
Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard Graduate School
of Arts and Sciences
Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan, Ph.D.
Andrew Lee, Ph.D.
Audrey S. Lee
Rev. Boyung Lee, Ph.D.
Rev. Christine Lee
Daniel D. Lee
Tat-Siong Benny Liew
Joseph S. Lee
Matthew Lee, Ph.D.
Bo H. Lim, Ph. D.
C. Jimmy Lin
Rev. Dr. Grace Y. May
Roy I. Sano, Ph. D.
Bob Shim, MD
Grace Shim, LPC
Pastor, United Presbyterian Church
Grace Kaori Suzuki, pastor
Collin T. Tomikawa
Jonathan Tran, Ph.D.
Sam Tsang, Ph.D.
Justin K.H. Tse
Tim Tseng, Ph.D.
Billy Q. Vo
Allen Mitsuo Wakabayashi
Sze-kar Wan, Ph.D.
Jon Ido Warden
Leedah Wong, M.Div
Russell Yee, Ph.D.
Allen Yeh, D.Phil.
Calvin Yim, DDS
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Thanks to the additional supporters of this letter:
|947||Peter Szto||Omaha, NE||Associate Professor of Social Work||Jul 02, 2014|
|946||Rev. Dr. Bob Aquino||Gurnee, IL||Senior Pastor||Jun 29, 2014|
|945||pastor John k||Challakere, karnataka||pastor||Jun 28, 2014|
|944||David Flores||Dallas, Texas||Feb 23, 2014|
|943||Samuel Cheng||Honolulu, HI||Feb 23, 2014|
|942||Bishop Dominic Luong||Santa Ana, CA||Auxiliary Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange||Feb 18, 2014|
|941||Jonathan Tan||Cincinnati, Ohio||Theologian and author||Feb 12, 2014|
|940||David Rapp||Medford, Oregon||Pastor||Jan 28, 2014|
|939||Rebecca Kim||Malibu, CA||Professor of Sociology, Pepperdine University||Jan 25, 2014|
|938||Amy Deakin||London||Charity worker||Jan 19, 2014|
|937||Yang Chen||Auburn Hills, MI||Youth Pastor||Jan 13, 2014|
|936||Solomon (Chae Pung) Kim||La Habra, California||E.M/ Education Pastor||Jan 09, 2014|
|935||EDRAS MEUS||Port-au-prince||Pastor I would like working together with your ministries Hope you will visit Haiti for preaching some revivals day who God blessing you all Good news year 2014 Meus Edras Pastor Phon 509 33 31 15 37||Dec 31, 2013|
|934||Shu Chan||New York, New York||Dec 18, 2013|
|933||Josephine Wang||Chicago, Illinois||Student||Dec 17, 2013|
|932||George Hancock-Stefan||Atlantic Highlands, NJ||Associate Professor of Church History, Palmer Theological Seminary||Dec 09, 2013|
|931||Brenda Tapley||California||Worship Pastor||Dec 03, 2013|
|930||Joyce Kim||new york city, ny||Nov 22, 2013|
|929||Shannon Marion||Blanchardville, WI||Nov 20, 2013|
|928||Kelly Vaughn||Belmont, CA||Associate Professor, School of Education and Leadership||Nov 20, 2013|
|927||Gerald Liu||Louisville, Kentucky||Visiting Professor of Worship & Consultant for Diversity in Worship, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary||Nov 17, 2013|
|926||Kelly Lee||Englewood, NJ||Nov 16, 2013|
|925||Jennia Franco||orlando, Florida||Student||Nov 15, 2013|
|924||Brian Chang||Rochester, NY||Student, University of Rochester||Nov 14, 2013|
|923||Katherine Yu||Fairfax Station, VA||Undergraduate Student, University of Virginia||Nov 13, 2013|
|922||Francois Augustin||Boston, MA||Nov 13, 2013|
|921||Michael Karim||Monrovia, California||Assistant Area Director, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship||Nov 11, 2013|
|920||Shaina Davidson||Nov 11, 2013|
|919||Fr. Dave Bottoms||Anglican Priest, Army Chaplain||Nov 08, 2013|
|918||Scot Gillan||Naperville, Illinois||Sr. Pastor, Naperville Evangelical Covenant Church||Nov 08, 2013|
|917||Grace Hoover||Bear, DE||Campus Staff, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship||Nov 08, 2013|
|916||Tom Poehnelt||worcester, ma||doctoral student||Nov 08, 2013|
|915||Kevin Huang||Azusa, CA||Associate Professor||Nov 07, 2013|
|914||Emily Yang||Irvine, CA||Nov 07, 2013|
|913||Clara Chan||Pasadena, CA||International Staff, Epicentre Church||Nov 07, 2013|
|912||Christy Presler||Fargo, ND||Designer||Nov 06, 2013|
|911||Min Hyeok (Thomas) Lee||New York, NY||Teacher, Pyeong Ahn Presbyterian Church / Law Student||Nov 06, 2013|
|910||Amy Rozzelle||Cru - Ethnic Field Ministry Director-Greater Northwest||Nov 06, 2013|
|909||K Kale Yu||Norwood, NJ||Assistant Professor of History||Nov 05, 2013|
|908||Kevin Hendricks||West St. Paul, MN||Editor, Church Marketing Sucks||Nov 05, 2013|
|907||Eric Rafferty||Omaha, NE||Area Director - InterVarsity Christian Fellowship||Nov 05, 2013|
|906||Johann Kim||Lakewood, CO||Professor of New Testament, Colorado Christian University||Nov 01, 2013|
|905||Dave Martin||Portland, OR||Educational Specialist||Nov 01, 2013|
|904||Aubrey Ducker||Winter Park, Florida||Chair, Christian Ethics Today||Nov 01, 2013|
|903||Kathryn Pilgrim||Fredonia, New York||InterVarsity Christian Fellowship staff||Nov 01, 2013|
|902||Judy Ann Imperial||Grove City, Ohio||Church Member||Nov 01, 2013|
|901||Nancy Jo Hoover||Asia Regional Coordinator for Evangelical Covenant Church||Nov 01, 2013|
|900||Serenity Fung||Kendall Park, New Jersey||Student, Wheaton College||Oct 31, 2013|
|899||Katie Mentzer||Oct 31, 2013|
|898||Minh Dao||Deerfield, IL||Oct 30, 2013|