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Shared by Grace May

Near the end of seminary, I started asking myself, “What am I going to do when I graduate?”  In the late 1980s, there weren’t any conservative evangelical Chinese churches that I knew of that were ordaining women.  (more…)

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Hannah Lee is currently serving as Children’s Pastor at Korean Church of Southwest Los Angeles.  She also participates in a ministry called InnerChange in downtown LA, and works part-time at a missionary organization called KIBI (Korea-Israel Bible Institute).  She recently received a masters degree in the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary.  In her spare time, Hannah enjoys singing, dancing, hip-hop, and photography, especially photographing food. (more…)

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(left to right) Tita Valeriano, Grace Choi Kim, and Beverly Chen

by Beverly Chen

I met many challenges as the oldest child of immigrant parents.  One of the major challenges was being forced to take on parental responsibilities for my younger sister because my parents were busy working long hours at their restaurant. (more…)

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by Melanie Mar Chow

Being a presidential year, the stage is being set to revisit and regain what is truly “American”. In all the rhetoric, I find myself thinking about what is “truth” in all the promises.  Do you wonder what truth the new president’s promises will hold come January?

One “truth” I have struggled with for the past 30 years is why there are so many women absent from leadership positions in the church today. (more…)

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by Joy Wong

Many years ago, God put on my heart the need for Asian American women mentorship.  At the time, I was one of four worship leaders at an Asian church, and the only female worship leader.  At the monthly worship leaders’ meeting, it became very apparent that my struggles and insecurities as a female worship leader were very different from those of my male counterparts. (more…)

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by Chloe Sun

I have always perceived myself as a foreigner in America.  My parents were born and raised in Vietnam.  I was born in China, raised in Hong Kong and came to the U.S. for college about twenty years ago.  Identity became an ever more prominent issue when I came to teach at a seminary that was predominantly Taiwanese in Los Angeles. (more…)

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by Debbie Gin

I used to question my integrity a lot.  I felt twinges of shame whenever I interacted with people because I thought I wasn’t “the real me” in every context.  I behaved one way with my peers, another way with my family, and yet another way with my professors. I thought of myself as a fraud, a chameleon, easily changed by the presenting situation. At times, I even wondered whether I was “prostituting” myself out, becoming whatever my context needed me to be.

I also felt pressure to find my own path but felt conflicted on several levels. On the one hand, I resented my parents’ strong influence and expectations; (more…)

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by Young Lee Hertig

I started teaching at a seminary in the summer of 1992, a few months after the verdict in the Rodney King trial exploded into what is now commonly known as the L.A. Riots.  I watched as African-American anger – triggered by an unjust verdict rendered by an all-white jury – directed its wrath at Korean-owned mom-and-pop shops.  I watched powerlessly as my city burned even as signs of the cross hung high in every street corner. (more…)

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