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What have you been learning lately?

One of the challenges I have as an Asian American woman is resisting the Superwoman image.  For instance, there’s a part of me that wants to be a good mom and wife and a domestic Martha Stewart.  There’s another part of me that says I have to excel in everything (more…)

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By Christine Chou

What have you been learning lately?

I recently read a short article in the Biola University magazine entitled “Who’s Yo Mama?” in which Joseph Hellerman discusses the passage in Luke 11:27-28 in which a woman calls out to Jesus, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.”  Jesus replies, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”  Hellerman points out that the woman’s statement points to the patriarchal values at that time.  (more…)

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By Joy Wong

All my life, I have had an unexplainable aversion to large groups of Asian Americans.  For instance, when my husband Will wanted to check out a dumpling food truck that was swarming with Asian Americans, I felt a strong inner reluctance to approach that crowd.  Another example — when I first started college, I initially felt a repulsion to the Asian American campus fellowship.  Most of the time, I attributed this reaction to my introverted tendencies — but why the aversion to Asian Americans in particular?

It’s only recently that I’ve begun to unpack this strange reaction.  (more…)

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By Margaret Yu

For the fellow women friends with whom I journey, inspired by I John 4:18-19:  “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.  We love because he first loved us”  and John 8:58:  “’Very truly I tell you,’ Jesus answered, ‘before Abraham was born, I AM!’”


i am not enough

i am doing it all wrong

i am not good enough

i am not Asian enough

i am not White enough

i am simply not good enough (more…)

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By Joy Wong

So now that our book is published, our next steps are to “get the word out,” notifying our family, friends, and communities about the book, and inviting them to celebrate and support us by coming to our book events and buying and recommending our book to others, hopefully getting it into the hands of those who will benefit by it.  Despite all the labor involved thus far of brainstorming, drafting, writing, editing, revising and re-revising our manuscript, I have to admit that there is no task I dread more in this publication process than I do of having to “sell” our book. (more…)

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by Joy Wong

I recently attended a seminar on a personality theory called the Enneagram. In this theory, there are different personality types, numbered 1-9. The Enneagram personality types delve into the motivations behind our actions, thoughts, and habits. I took the seminar with thirty other chaplains of a mix of different races and ages, and I turned out to be Type 3, labeled the “Achiever” or the “Performer.” (more…)

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