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By Margaret Yu

I have a love-hate relationship with Mike.  No, not a person, but the lapel microphone I call my friend, Mike.

I love Mike because it helps me to have a voice.  I have a soft voice and do not like to raise it.  Mike allows me to speak in my own style without screaming.  Specifically, I love Mike because it was made to give speakers the freedom to teach with hands free for other instructional purposes. (more…)

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One of my denomination’s (Presbyterian Church (USA)) confessions of faith includes this sentence:  “the Spirit gives us courage…  to hear the voices of peoples long silenced…” (A Brief Statement of Faith, 70).   It takes courage to hear the silenced voices but it takes more courage for those voices to speak out . . . I was especially delighted to hear from Asian American women scholars, leaders and writers who wrote the book Mirrored Reflections: Reframing Biblical Characters.  One of the ongoing challenges doing ministry in many Asian American contexts is that Asian American women are often still doubly marginalized in male dominated ministries of Asian American churches.  The contributors of Mirrored Reflections have weaved their stories with the stories of women in the Bible that results in fresh and often startling interpretations that inform and empower Asian American women and men.

Kevin Park, on the AAWOL Authors Plenary & Response Panel at the Asian American Equipping Symposium II (February 2011)


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By Margaret Yu

For the fellow women friends with whom I journey, inspired by I John 4:18-19:  “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.  We love because he first loved us”  and John 8:58:  “’Very truly I tell you,’ Jesus answered, ‘before Abraham was born, I AM!’”

Fearful

i am not enough

i am doing it all wrong

i am not good enough

i am not Asian enough

i am not White enough

i am simply not good enough (more…)

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By Joy Wong

I recently saw the movie Waiting For Superman in which there were brief clips of Michelle Rhee, chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools system of Washington, D.C.  I had heard of her controversial leadership in educational reform, but I had never seen her face.  Whether I agree with her position on education, there was one thing I was sure of — after watching her in action in those brief movie clips, taking on leadership as an Asian American woman in a challenging multi-ethnic arena, I found myself feeling incredibly empowered and encouraged.  While I have no aspirations to become a chancellor of a public school system, all of sudden it wasn’t as hard to picture myself as one. (more…)

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By Joy Wong

I had the special privilege of having breakfast yesterday with Tim Tseng, executive director of ISAAC (Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity) and Young Lee Hertig, the regional director of ISAAC-SoCal.  While I had understood ISAAC’s mission to be aimed at strengthening Asian American churches, Tim was able to clarify for me that part of ISAAC’s mission is also identify formation for Asian American Christians so that they feel they have something to contribute in non-Asian American ministry settings, rather than feeling disempowered or settling in mere consumer roles in the church.  This made me wonder, Do I believe that Asian Americans have something to contribute in a non-Asian American ministry setting? (more…)

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By Joy Wong

Not long ago, a friend from seminary told me that it was the opinion of congregants in his Asian American church that those opposed to having women in ministry leadership were not those of older generations, but rather the younger generations.  It was disheartening to hear.  (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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