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Change: The Cost of Resistance

Photo by Carol Ball

Photo by Carol Ball

By Debbie Gin

Last week, I overheard a conversation in a furniture shop in Ohio, in some town that bordered Pennsylvania. What initially piqued my interest was the statement, “Liberalism is a mental disease.” The registered Republican that I am, I naturally had to hear the rest of the comment and inched closer to this group of White individuals. What I heard saddened me to no end. It went something like this: (more…)

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By Young Lee Hertig (originally written for ISAAC EXPRESS)

I signed my name to the Open Letter to Evangelicals written by Kathy Khang and Helen Lee during Rick Warren’s Chinese Red Guard Facebook debacle and the ensuing responses.  It was refreshing to finally have united Asian North American (ANA) Christian voices break the silence and name the offenses. ISAAC EXPRESS, in part, was propelled by the debacle to sustain ANA Christian voices.  This online forum aims to provide a communal space where ANA Christians address the challenging issues we face at the many intersections of identity and faith in the North American social matrix. (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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Photo by donsutherland1

Introduction to this 3-part blog series–>

By Melanie Mar Chow

Although I was not one of the first hundred people to sign the Asian Americans United letter, ultimately I did sign it, after some thoughtful and prayerful consideration.  My deliberations involved reflections on how to be responsible with my position and vast years of experience, as part of the Body of Christ, to act as a bridge to address racial tensions and perceived actions.  Would my response be limited only to the act of signing the letter as one of the 1000+ who signed it, or would my response involve and shape who I am as a leader and as a follower of Jesus as an Asian American Christian woman?  Was I responding individually or corporately? (more…)

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Photo by francois

By Debbie Gin & Melanie Mar Chow

As a blog for Asian American women and those interested in leadership, AAWOL is dedicating its next three blog entries to respond to the Asian Americans United letter to the Evangelical Church. (more…)

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by Young Lee Hertig

I started teaching at a seminary in the summer of 1992, a few months after the verdict in the Rodney King trial exploded into what is now commonly known as the L.A. Riots.  I watched as African-American anger – triggered by an unjust verdict rendered by an all-white jury – directed its wrath at Korean-owned mom-and-pop shops.  I watched powerlessly as my city burned even as signs of the cross hung high in every street corner. (more…)

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