How being Asian American affects theology

Andy Cheung moved to Seattle from Austin and is in the midst of seminary studies at Mars Hill Graduate School. He blogged some thoughts about how being an Asian American could and should affect theology, alluding to how theology is not cultural-neutral [ed.note: emphasis added] —
Andy Cheung
New Perspective

. . . Tied to the dynamics of cultural identity are my understanding of theology and the Church. Being of Asian-American descent, two things have become apparent throughout my coursework: (1) a western perspective dominates our theological conversations and (2) there is a relative lack of Asian-American voices. As a result, I have become increasingly convinced the Church needs to hear the Christian narrative through different cultural lenses. This includes an Asian lens.

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Pushing the Boundaries Together

David and I were approached by Emergent Village to write a post for their blog. It is reproduced below for our NG.AC friends. Enjoy (and critique):

http://www.emergentvillage.com/weblog/park-pushing-boundaries

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David: The joke goes something like this: when a Japanese person goes to a new city, he looks to start a business; when a Chinese person first arrives in a new place, he looks to start a restaurant; but when a Korean comes to town, he’s going to start a church. As my Korean immigrant father is a recently retired pastor who planted or shepherded at least seven churches that I can count, I can attest to the above punchline—Koreans love church. And we’ve taken to church planting and the Christian industry by storm, a sort of ecclesiological Kim Yunah phenomenon for those of you who watched the Winter Olympics. Continue reading “Pushing the Boundaries Together”

My interview with The Nick and Josh Podcast

Hey folks.

I was recently interviewed by Nick Fiedler and Josh Case for The Nick and Josh Podcast.

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I talk about Asian-Amergence. We met at Starbucks and so please pardon the “ambience”. I’d love to hear your thoughts on… my thoughts!

Dan

The Nick and Josh Podcast: Dan Ra and AsianAmergence


[via archive.org]

This week Nick and Josh head down around Emory’s Campus to meet up with Dan Ra.

Dan Ra is one of the voices of Asianamergence, a group that works through living as second generation Asians in America in a post-modern religious context.

Follow-up to Swan Song

A couple of weeks ago, Dr. Paul Huh came to the AsianAmergence gathering and led us in a discussion of traditional Korean musical forms and how they might be help both Koreans and Korean Americans gain insight into our worship.

As editor of the PCUSA Korean-English hymnal entitled “Come, Let Us Worship,” Dr. Huh had created short canticles (소창) around the psalms. He led us in a few that night which was an incredible experience to hear and participate in. Also, as an accomplished cellist, Dr. Huh also brought in the instrument represented in the middle photo (i.e. I don’t know what it’s called) and played it for us, explaining how Korean instrumentation displayed the culture’s affinity for relationality over technicality or virtuosity in the Western sense.

But without further ado, please check it out for yourselves; although a little long, it was really enjoyable.