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By Mihee Kim-Kort

I know. It’s a little cliche. A little Joy Luck Club meets Mulan. An Asian mother teaching her Asian daughter to do origami.

My mother taught me to make paper cranes when I was young. We sat at the kitchen table and took regular, white copy paper, folded the paper over in a triangle so it made a perfect square and creased the bottom so that we could carefully tear it off and discard it. After that it was “fold here, open here, bend here, fold again…”  Before long, a perfect paper crane materialized in front of us. For the longest time, this picture of my mother and me connecting over such a simple but almost magical object has stayed with me. (more…)

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Photo by Peggy2012CREATIVELENZ

By Young Lee Hertig

Who would have guessed that I would quote from the Analects for an AAWOL blog?  I must be getting up there in age:)  In truth, I am now savoring the last year of my 50s.  At this juncture what feels most meaningful to me is from the words of Confucius: (more…)

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By Margaret Yu

It was a hard night where I tossed and turned with a horrible cough and a constricted throat — and I was not even sick! However, upon hearing my alarm, I was afraid that I would have to cancel because I was not sure if I had a voice to speak. (For speakers, that is a NO-NO. I had only canceled once in my life.) (more…)

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Photo by terren in Virginia

By Debbie Gin

Perhaps it’s because I’m a Sci-Fi nut, but I’ve always dreamed of how the future will look. Some call people who think like that “Futurists.” Okay, I’ll own that. Perhaps the most fascinating topic-to-date for me is the so-called “Singularity.” (more…)

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By Tina Teng-Henson

I wore a dark blue dress into the city the other day, donned a white shirt over it, and slipped on a pair of new brown shoes. Not the height of fashion, but I didn’t dress with that in mind. I was more concerned with being comfortable, modest, and having a layer to add on.  (more…)

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By Wendy Choy-Chan

“Growing up in a traditional Chinese family, I was told I could do better than a 99%, while I should be humble about a 100%. As a result, I always felt that there was no safe ground for me to stand on.  I was either not good enough, or I had to hide whatever good that I thought I had achieved.  (more…)

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By Elizabeth Chang

As though studying Marriage and Family Therapy does not provide enough opportunities and perspectives from which to develop my sense of identity and self-awareness, I decided to venture down from Seattle to Pasadena for the Asian American Equipping Symposium. This year, the theme of the symposium was Healing of Memories: Living Out the Gospel. (more…)

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By Debbie Gin

You may have heard the saying, “Integrity is how you carry yourself when no one is looking.” While I mostly agree with this view, I have recently wondered whether it is enough. What I mean is, I wonder whether it is too self-directed, too individualistic, and perhaps too short-term. Let me explain with an anecdote.

Recently, I guest-lectured for a class on leadership, and I was specifically asked to exegete a biblical passage about a woman character through the lens of leadership. In the session, I proceeded to show how skillfully Ruth “shifted self” in order to meet the needs of the specific communities she entered (more…)

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By Melanie Mar Chow

My goal at a recent 106-year-old church leader’s funeral was to listen carefully to what would be shared about a full life lived well and an example for others.  A grandson shared that any time a family dinner was called, he knew it would be a three-hour commitment for their immediate family (more…)

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Ann Chen is a student at Fuller Theological Seminary getting a dual degree in Intercultural Studies and Theology & Ministry.  On the side, she is conference chair of the World Christian Conference (WCC) and does volunteer staffing with InterVarsity.  Ann has a BA in Urban Studies & Planning from UCSD, a Master’s in Education, and six years’ experience teaching middle school.  She attends Epicentre Church, and enjoys prayer and worship, playing piano & guitar, and discussions about church ministry. (more…)

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