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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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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 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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Writers’ Feedback Gathering
Friday, October 26, 2007
4:00 – 8:00 pm
Catalyst, Fuller Theological Seminary

Unlike our male counterparts, Asian American Evangelical Women (AAEW) of each generation often find ourselves lacking a safe space and role models, causing us to resort to a perpetual pioneering state.  Internalizing extreme belief systems of the East and the West and integrating them with Christianity, many AAEW leaders face extreme pressure, stress, and alienation leading to burnout and depression.  (more…)

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