“Colorblind is just another way to say we don’t care”

Rapper and pastor Jason Chu chimes in with a few thoughts about why being Asian American matters with regards to one’s Christian faith.
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Jason Chu will be rapping next Friday, November 30th, at Evergreen LA, for the “Much Love.” live concert – with friends & featured guests DANakaDAN of afterschoolspecial, Kevin Lien, Priska, The Fung Bros., The Jubilee Project, and KingdomCulture.

Jason first got my attention with this Spoken Word Video “Colorblind” in response to racism in film, media, and theater, in particular, in response to the La Jolla Playhouse casting only 2 Asian-Americans in a play set in ancient China – part of the trend known as “no Asian faces on TV”.

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cf. La Jolla’s ‘Nightingale’ Doesn’t Sing and Apology Doesn’t Sway Many APIAs; Dr. Monica Williams’ article – Colorblind Ideology is a Form of Racism: A colorblind approach allows us to deny uncomfortable cultural differences (Psychology Today, December 2011)

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Spreecast #4: What’s Identity Got to Do with It?

A conversation continues because continue it must. This one meanders over to the topic of identity, with DJ Chuang and David Park.
Programming note: for you regular viewers, you may have noticed these aren’t happening weekly on schedule, so they’re going to happen when they happen. Follow http://twitter.com/nextgenerasian for a tweet when we go live.

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Why NextGenerAsianChurch.com started and still exists

Once in a while David Park and I (DJ Chuang) meet in person and chat about all kinds of things related to life and faith. Back in October 2010, I think it was, we recorded this conversation and our little pocket camera worked. (Yes, we can recall times when we had technology fail, too.) In this 20-minute video, we share about how this team blog came into being, what topics have been particularly painful and challenging, and our dreams and hope for the future of churches that are contextualized to better serve Asian Americans and all peoples.

And, below is a web statistic chart of the most popular pages here during the past month. What do you notice about what’s popular? What surprises you?

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NextGenerAsianChurch Spreecast #3

Kevin Nguyen, David Park, and DJ Chuang – chat about Asian American‘s lack of interest in spiritual things, what do we do with that, how we as Asian Americans can better represent and engage majority culture, and more… http://www.spreecast.com/events/nextgenerasianchurch-3-june2012

And, have a happy 4th of July – we’ll return on July 10th with another spreecast and continue this thread or flow of thought…

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NextGenerAsianChurch Spreecast # 2

We chat about the report released earlier this week from Pew Research Center, “The Rise of Asian Americans” on this spreecast with DJ Chuang, David Park, and Russell Jeung. Please join us on Spreecast every Thursday  WEDNESDAY at 7:00pm PT / 9:00pm CT / 10:00pm ET. (note: date changed from Thurs to Wed)

The religious identities of Asian Americans are quite varied. According to the Pew Research survey, about half of Chinese are unaffiliated, most Filipinos are Catholic, about half of Indians are Hindu, most Koreans are Protestant and a plurality of Vietnamese are Buddhist. Among Japanese Americans, no one group is dominant: 38% are Christian, 32% are unaffiliated and 25% are Buddhist. In total, 26% of Asian Americans are unaffiliated, 22% are Protestant (13% evangelical; 9% mainline), 19% are Catholic, 14% are Buddhist, 10% are Hindu, 4% are Muslim and 1% are Sikh. Overall, 39% of Asian Americans say religion is very important in their lives, compared with 58% of the U.S. general public.

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NextGenerAsianChurch Spreecast # 1

We kick off a weekly group video chat for the summer, and David Park and DJ Chuang invite you to connect with us on Spreecast every Thursday Wednesday [Note: change] at 7:00pm PT / 9:00pm CT / 10:00pm ET. Watch this video of our introductory episode.

David started off with a sincere apology, cf. sorry is the new thank you. We chat about a variety of topics: RLTB (real life trumping blogging), pastoring in the 21st century, challenges in building a multiethnic community, identity, personal boundaries, becoming emotional healthy, etc etc etc.

Previously, we had posted a summary of this excellent article as “Differentiated Oneness and Implications for Asian Americans.” And, thanks to Christian Association for Psychological Studies, we have permission to post the article in its entirety:

Hung, Auris Huang. “The Concept of Differential Oneness and Implications for Asian American Families.” Journal of Psychology and Christianity (2006) Vol 25:3. Pages 226-239.

Copyright 2006, Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Inc. Reprinted with permission.

Mark your calendar, save the time slot, and join our next NextGenerAsianChurch Spreecast – you can watch the live video chat, join it in the chat room, or join via webcam too.

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May 2012 is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

According to the NBC4 web page about the meaning of May being a month to celebrate Asian Americans:

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a month to celebrate and pay tribute to the contributions generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders have made to American history, society and culture.

… Why was May picked as the official heritage month? According to the Library of Congress, it was chosen “to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.”

A few things I found about this month:

President Obama’s Presidential Proclamation — Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2012.

UCLA compiles this 2012 Statistical Portrait of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Other Pacific Islanders

The U.S. Census Bureau will host a forum with the Asian American Justice Center on the Asian population at the Rayburn House Office Building. This event will highlight statistics from the American Community Survey and 2010 Census, providing a portrait of the Asian population in the U.S. Following the presentation, an expert panel will discuss the statistics and their implications. When: Wednesday, May 2, 2012; noon to 2:30 p.m. (EDT) The event will be broadcast on the Census Bureau’s Ustream channel at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/us-census-bureau. Viewers will be able to submit questions via Facebook and Twitter (#ProfileAmerica)

Asian American & Pacific Islander Christian women leaders are gathering this week for the 1st national conference May 3-5, 2012 near Los Angeles. This event will empower women leaders through a safe, honest and challenging environment for women to grow their voice and to learn from other women leaders.

And to our team of contributors here at NextGenerAsianChurch.com: what makes our heritage as Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders worth celebrating? What are you and/or your community doing to celebrate?

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