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Photo by Take Back Your Health Conference

By Sharon Lee Song

At the end of 2015 as I started discerning and moving forward with a major transition from urban ministry to another ministry called Alive & Well Women, the burning question at the forefront of my mind was, “Lord, how am I supposed to BE in this season of transition?” I had been struggling with feeling disconnected with God and remaining alive and well through it. (more…)

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Photo by Stefano A.

By Liz Chang

She walked like a penguin as we headed toward my office. It was a familiar waddle that looked as though her toes were not able to bend as they usually do when walking. I looked down and my familiarity with the waddle was confirmed: she was trying to avoid creasing her fresh Air Force 1’s, the same exact kind of sneakers that were popular when I was in middle school 13 years ago. (more…)

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Photo by Chris Smith Ronnie Shumate

Photo by Chris Smith Ronnie Shumate

By Young Lee Hertig

The term “the bamboo ceiling” coined by Jane Hyun describes the virtual absence of Asian Americans in top corporate CEO positions despite significant numbers of Asian American students at Harvard (18%) and Stanford (24%). On October 14, 2014, an article called “Cracking the Bamboo Ceiling” posted in The Atlantic stated that Asian Americans account for just 1.4% of Fortune 500 CEOs and 1.9% of corporate officers overall. (more…)

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Photo by Jonathan Kos-Read

Introduction to this 3-part blog series–>

By Debbie Gin

A few years ago, one of the student groups at Azusa Pacific University invited me as a faculty guest speaker to talk about research I had done on Asian American ethnic/racial identity development.  Pleased that a student group wanted to balance its more socially-fun agenda (i.e., parties) with more substantively-fun sessions, I didn’t hold back.  (more…)

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All I Once Held Dear

Ann Chen Malawi groupBy Ann Chen

Most of my adult life in America has been spent trying to grow to become a woman that others could look up to: somebody that could influence and contribute to the lives of others and who others can grow and learn from. For the most part, it was with good intentions. I wanted to help others grow in their encounters with Christ, and it was for those reasons that I made ministry, career, and life decisions that I did. (more…)

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Photo by faith goble

By Ann Chen

As a Chinese-American, I’ve grown up in a culture that values “saving face” and rewards perfection and success. I’ve seen this play out not only in my academic/professional life, but in my ministry and in my personal relationships.

One thing that I’ve grown to embrace more is a willingness to fail.

Or perhaps it’s not the willingness. It’s the acceptance that I’ve failed. Many times. And I continue to fail. (more…)

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Photo by Ken Fong

By Vivian Mabuni

I walk each day as an Asian American Christian woman drifting between four separate worlds (Asian. American. Christian. Woman.). These worlds often have opposing values that affect my mindset and how I respond and make decisions.

I grew up in Boulder, CO one of a handful of Asian Americans in a graduating class of 650. My dad was a producer and director for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. When I was nine years old, he directed Romeo and Juliet and I would accompany him to the rehearsals. He mentioned in passing that I would never play the lead role of Juliet because I was Chinese. (more…)

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