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By Jerrica KF Ching

Throughout my entire time in the Pacific Northwest, I have wrestled with feeling torn between assimilation and acculturation. I have found it quite difficult to balance the values of family, collectivity, and interdependence that created the foundation on which I was raised, with wanting to be more assertive, independent, and viewed as an equal in the workplace.  If I were to describe my presence as an Asian American woman when I first moved from Hawaii to Oregon, it would be quiet, unnoticeable, and timid. (more…)

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By Margaret Yu (originally written for International Womens’ Day, March 2014)

I don’t have many solid memories of myself as a child.  However, the ones I do have are well-planted in my mind.

One memory I have is that of standing before my mirror.  I was 7 years old and was preparing my look and outfit for a family photo. (more…)

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By Joy Wong

Back in college, I remember participating in an icebreaker activity where everyone had to name a fruit that they wanted to be and say why.  We went around the circle, and when it came to my turn, I said, “a seedless clementine.”  The reason?  “Because they’re easy to peel, easy to eat (because they’re seedless), and sweet.”   (more…)

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By Melanie Mar Chow

One of our strategies as campus ministers of AACF (Asian American Christian Fellowship)  is to raise up men and women to serve God by serving their peers while they are in college.  But after years of releasing students into life after college, I soon began to ask, What happens after they graduate?  How do they continue in leadership, especially the women(more…)

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Shared by Maria Liu Wong

God has always pushed me to cross boundaries and go beyond my comfort zone.  Prior to my doctoral program, I found that many of my circles were too limiting; I had too many Christians in my circles, and I began to feel convicted that I needed to have more hard conversations with non-Christians.  But how can you be a witness and testimony if all the people around you are Christians? (more…)

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Maria Liu Wong is the dean of City Seminary of New York, as well as a doctoral candidate of Teachers College at Columbia University. Her focus of study is Asian American, West Indian, African, and Asian women leaders in theological education. Maria is a mom of two kids with one on the way, and married to a great husband who supports her in all her endeavors.

What are your ministry passions?

My passion is for bridge-building and bringing resources to the under-resourced. I started out working in the Bronx with Teach for America, working in an inner city setting. Later, I worked in Ethiopia, and I am now part of a non-profit, humanitarian organization. Social justice issues are very critical for me, and working in the city brings all those things together. (more…)

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By Joy Wong

In an effort to expand the voices on our blog, we’ve been interviewing Asian American women leaders.  In November 2010, we posted our first “spotlight interview” entry (and we’ve been posting one a month ever since).  Then this past March, we interviewed for and posted our first “shared insights” entry, now also a regular entry on our blog.  I’d now like to propose yet another addition: a “Question” entry.  Let me explain why. (more…)

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