Standing in Solidarity

12 Resources Devoted to Lived Theology and the AAPI Community

The Project on Lived Theology stands in solidarity with members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. We hope that these resources can give voice to the diverse histories, identities, geographies, political movements, struggles, and religious beliefs and practices within that larger category. If you’d like to receive email from us with content and announcements like this resources list, sign up here.

“Asian Americans and U.S. Civil Rights Movements”
Jane Hong, associate professor of history at Occidental College and author of Opening the Gates to Asia: A Transpacific History of How America Repealed Asian Exclusion, discusses the “model minority” trope and how the category “Asian American” has become more complex and contested with time. She connects these concepts to the United States’ troubled history of preventing Asian immigration and citizenship through legislation.
Watch the video here.
Listen to the audio here.

Opening the Gates to Asia: A Transpacific History of How America Repealed Asian Exclusion
In her most recent book, Jane Hong, associate professor of history at Occidental College, unearths the transpacific movement that successfully ended restrictions on Asian immigration. The mid-twentieth century repeal of Asian exclusion, Hong shows, was part of the price of America’s postwar empire in Asia.
Learn more about the book here.

Setting the Captives Free: Yuri Kochiyama and Her Lifelong Fight Against Unjust Imprisonment”
Grace Y. Kao, professor of ethics and director of the Center for Sexuality, Gender, and Religion at Claremont School of Theology, reflects on Yuri Kochiyama, an activist known for her cross-racial solidarity work on causes such as reparations, Puerto Rican independence, and black nationalism. Kao emphasizes two areas that Kochiyama’s biographers have often overlooked: her central passion for fighting against unjust imprisonment, which grew out of her own experience of internment, and her Christian faith.
Listen to the Can I Get a Witness podcast episode here.
Learn more about Can I Get a Witness here.

“Immigration and Ecclesiology: Embodying Gospel Citizenship in the ‘Sanctuary City’ of San Francisco”
Craig Wong, director of the Ekklesiae Project, examines how ecclesiological convictions have shaped his congregational engagement with immigration, the border, and neighbors in San Francisco.
Listen to the audio here.

At Home in Exile: Finding Jesus among My Ancestors and Refugee Neighbors
In this spiritual memoir, Russell M. Jeung, chair of Asian American studies at San Francisco State University and founder of Stop AAPI Hate, shares the joyful and occasionally harrowing stories of his life in East Oakland’s Murder Dubs neighborhood, including battling drug dealers who threatened him, exorcising a spirit possessing a teen, and winning a landmark housing settlement against slumlords with 200 of his closest Cambodian and Latino friends.
Learn more about the book here.

“Reflections on a Summer Internship with New Hope Covenant Church”
Melina Rapazzini, registered nurse and Peace Corp alumna, shares her reflections on her PLT-sponsored summer internship with New Covenant Hope Church and Oak Park Ministries.
Listen to the audio here.

“Asian American Pan-Ethnic Formation and Congregational Cultures”
Russell M. Jeung, chair of Asian American studies at San Francisco State University and founder of Stop AAPI Hate, explores the factors that have caused Chinese, Japanese, and other Asian congregations to mix together and form pan-ethnic Asian American congregations.
Read the paper here.

Trans-Pacific Transpositions: Continuities and Discontinuities in Chinese North American Protestantism Since 1965”
Tim Tseng, Pacific area director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s Graduate and Faculty Ministries, details the history of the Chinese Christian church in America and discusses the theology that links these churches to social responsibility.
Read the paper here.

“Racial and Denominational Diversity—A Discussion”
Don Coleman, pastor at East End Fellowship in Richmond, Va.; Corey Widmer, lead pastor at Third Church in Richmond, Va.; and Soong-Chan Rah, Robert Munger Professor of Evangelism at Fuller Seminary, discuss various strategies to foster racial diversity in the church.
Listen to the audio here.

“Whatever Happened to Racial Reconciliation? The Future of a White Evangelical Obsession”
Soong-Chan Rah, Robert Munger Professor of Evangelism at Fuller Seminary, takes issue with the way in which “white” and “evangelical” have become synonymous. He attempts to redefine evangelical and to explore what it means for racial reconciliation.
Listen to the audio here.

“The Saints We Need Right Now”
Walter Kim, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, tells stories of his faith journey and the spiritual mentors who have shaped him along the way. His commitment to exploring biblical theology and cultural issues is grounded in his personal experience as the child of Korean American immigrant parents.
Listen to the Vintage Saints and Sinners podcast episode here.

“Mary Paik Lee”
Tim Tseng, Pacific area director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s Graduate and Faculty Ministries, tells the little-known story of Mary Paik Lee, an Asian American Christian who challenges our thinking about race, faith, and America.
Listen to the Vintage Saints and Sinners podcast episode here.

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