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The Center for Asian American Christianity is a thought leader in the areas of Asian American theology and ministry. We curate a forward-thinking conversation about the issues confronting Asian American churches at ltiaa.com

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Jane Hong | When and Where We Enter: Reframing How We Talk about 1992
May 13, 2022 | Hope from Ashes: Legacies and Lessons from the Los Angeles Riots Conference. Dr. Jane Hong provides pertinent historical context surrounding the 1992 LA Riots, giving attention to the crucial forces that framed the event. She then offers insights from her own narrative as a child of Korean immigrant shop owners in Brooklyn, and now a U.S. historian investigating race and evangelicalism, in order to display how 1992 paved the way for contemporary Christians conversations around racial reconciliation. The newly expanded Center for Asian American Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary comes at a critical time in the life of Asian America. Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial-ethnic demographic in the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the persistence of anti-Asian racism. Moreover, minority and immigrant churches are poised to transform the face of Christianity in the United States in the next few decades. The Center for Asian American Christianity seeks to equip and empower the next generation of Asian American leaders for service in church, society, and academy. Learn more about the Center for Asian American Christianity at https://www.ptsem.edu/academics/center-for-asian-american-christianity To view the conference blog, visit https://ltiaa.com/blog
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June 27, 2022
Welcome Session | Hope From Ashes: Legacies and Lessons from the Los Angeles Riots Conference.
May 13, 2022 | Hope From Ashes: Legacies and Lessons from the Los Angeles Riots Conference. Dr. David Chao, Princeton Seminary President Craig Barnes, and Dr. Matthew Kuan Johnson give their opening remarks for the 2022 Hope From Ashes Conference co-hosted by the Center for Asian American Christianity and the Betsy Stockton Center for Black Church Studies. The newly expanded Center for Asian American Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary comes at a critical time in the life of Asian America. Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial-ethnic demographic in the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the persistence of anti-Asian racism. Moreover, minority and immigrant churches are poised to transform the face of Christianity in the United States in the next few decades. The Center for Asian American Christianity seeks to equip and empower the next generation of Asian American leaders for service in church, society, and academy. Learn more about the Center for Asian American Christianity at https://www.ptsem.edu/academics/center-for-asian-american-christianity To view the conference blog, visit https://ltiaa.com/blog
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June 20, 2022
Samuel Kim | Active Listening Skills for Congregational Change
January 24, 2022 | Mental Health and Asian Americans: Contexts and Strategies for Faith Leaders   In this workshop, attendees learn how to put in practice active listening skills that will allow them to be empathetic change-makers. These practical listening skills will allow ministry leaders to effect change within their congregations.   Speaker: Dr. Samuel Kim, assistant professor of school psychology, University of Denver   The newly expanded Center for Asian American Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary comes at a critical time in the life of Asian America. Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial-ethnic demographic in the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the persistence of anti-Asian racism. Moreover, minority and immigrant churches are poised to transform the face of Christianity in the United States in the next few decades. The Center for Asian American Christianity seeks to equip and empower the next generation of Asian American leaders for service in church, society, and academy. Learn more about the Center for Asian American Christianity at https://www.ptsem.edu/academics/center-for-asian-american-christianity To view the conference blog, visit https://ltiaa.com/blog/
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April 25, 2022
Jonathan Tran | Yellow Christianity
Dr. Jonathan Tran's public lecture on April 8, 2022 titled "Yellow Christianity" continues themes from his book, Asian Americans and the Spirit of Racial Capitalism (Oxford University Press, 2022). Dr. Tran, Associate Professor of Philosophical Theology at Baylor University, develops an account of “yellow” politics and Christianity that begins with particular sites of racial capitalist oppression and domination and pushes toward liberative coalitional politics. He also discusses recent cases of anti-AAPI violence and their historical antecedents, liberation theology’s attention to local and transnational sources of oppressive domination, and how “yellow Christianity” offers a way forward. The Center for Asian American Christianity is a thought leader in the areas of Asian American theology and ministry. We curate a forward-thinking conversation about the issues confronting Asian American churches. Learn more about the Center for Asian American Christianity at ltiaa.com.
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April 12, 2022
Eunbee Ham | Growing Together: Cultivating Healthy Communities through Conflict Resolution
January 24, 2022 | Mental Health and Asian Americans: Contexts and Strategies for Faith Leaders   Conflict can be a healthy and essential part of community growth, but it takes time, training, and practice to handle conflict in ways that help deepen interpersonal empathy and understanding. Particularly during the pandemic when stress levels are high, divisions are rampant, and emotional coping skills are strained, conflicts can have a huge impact on our mental health and quality of life. In this workshop, Rev. Dr. Eunbee Ham draws on her training as a Marriage and Family Therapist and pastoral experience navigating conflict from an antiracist lens to help participants identify successful conflict resolution tools and skills, cultivate antiracist values intentionally in conflict resolution processes, and practice ways to utilize conflict resolution skills in real life situations.   Speaker: Rev. Dr. Eunbee Ham, pastor, Davis Community Church   The newly expanded Center for Asian American Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary comes at a critical time in the life of Asian America. Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial-ethnic demographic in the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the persistence of anti-Asian racism. Moreover, minority and immigrant churches are poised to transform the face of Christianity in the United States in the next few decades. The Center for Asian American Christianity seeks to equip and empower the next generation of Asian American leaders for service in church, society, and academy. Learn more about the Center for Asian American Christianity at https://www.ptsem.edu/academics/center-for-asian-american-christianity To view the conference blog, visit https://ltiaa.com/blog/
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April 11, 2022
Helen Jin Kim | One Year After Atlanta: Race, Empire, and American Evangelicalism
On March 28, 2022, Dr. Helen Jin Kim, Associate Professor of American Religious History at Candler School of Theology at Emory University, presented at the fourth Asian American Theology and Ministry Colloquium at Princeton Theological Seminary of this academic year. Dr. Kim discusses first what it means to recast the history of modern evangelical America by turning toward the Pacific and Asian America; second, the significance of such a project in light of the resurgence of anti-Asian violence, including the Atlanta spa shootings; and third, how to steward our gifts as AAPI students.  The Center for Asian American Christianity is a thought leader in the areas of Asian American theology and ministry. We curate a forward-thinking conversation about the issues confronting Asian American churches. Learn more about the Center for Asian American Christianity at ltiaa.com.
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April 04, 2022
Joel Jin | Pastoring a Congregation of Whole People, not Perfect People
January 24, 2022 | Mental Health and Asian Americans: Contexts and Strategies for Faith Leaders   Asian American Christians can struggle with the experience of not feeling good enough. They perceive a gap between where they ideally ought to be and where they actually are. Across their personal, professional, and even spiritual lives, there is a tendency to expect perfection yet fall short of it. In turn, we might present ourselves as perfect, never offering ourselves the opportunity for care and healing. Although setting standards for ourselves is healthy, we are burdened when we feel like we constantly fall short of them. Dr. Jin’s workshop equips church leaders to support Asian American Christians in becoming more whole people, not perfect people. We learn about different types of perfectionism and how this applies to Asian American Christians. We discuss practical strategies from the pulpit to pastoral counseling.   Speaker: Dr. Joel Jin, assistant professor of clinical psychology, Seattle Pacific University   The newly expanded Center for Asian American Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary comes at a critical time in the life of Asian America. Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial-ethnic demographic in the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the persistence of anti-Asian racism. Moreover, minority and immigrant churches are poised to transform the face of Christianity in the United States in the next few decades. The Center for Asian American Christianity seeks to equip and empower the next generation of Asian American leaders for service in church, society, and academy. Learn more about the Center for Asian American Christianity at https://www.ptsem.edu/academics/center-for-asian-american-christianity To view the conference blog, visit https://ltiaa.com/blog/
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March 28, 2022
Jin Lee | Mental Health and Spirituality: Know the Difference and Help Accordingly
January 24, 2022 | Mental Health and Asian Americans: Contexts and Strategies for Faith Leaders  Rev. Dr. Lee's workshop is designed to help church leaders better discern and process common psychological and relational challenges they may face in the church. We discuss how to distinguish between mental health and spiritually related problems and learn how to increase collaboration with local Christian mental health professionals when appropriate.   Speaker: Rev. Dr. Jin Lee, private practitioner, The Living Counsel Ltd.; vice president, Korean American Wellness Association   The newly expanded Center for Asian American Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary comes at a critical time in the life of Asian America. Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial-ethnic demographic in the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the persistence of anti-Asian racism. Moreover, minority and immigrant churches are poised to transform the face of Christianity in the United States in the next few decades. The Center for Asian American Christianity seeks to equip and empower the next generation of Asian American leaders for service in church, society, and academy. Learn more about the Center for Asian American Christianity at https://www.ptsem.edu/academics/center-for-asian-american-christianity To view the conference blog, visit https://ltiaa.com/blog/
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March 14, 2022
Janette Ok | Preaching as Asian Americans
On February 24, 2022, Dr. Janette Ok, Associate Professor of New Testament at Fuller Seminary, presented at the third Asian American Theology and Ministry Colloquium at Princeton Theological Seminary of this year. Dr. Ok asks, What does it mean to preach in a way that reflects being Asian American? Is there such a thing as a distinctly Asian American voice and presence at the pulpit? This conversation explores possibilities for how to engage biblical interpretation as a contextual and liberative practice that interacts with Asian American identity. We consider how preaching can speak to the concrete needs and gifts of Asian American churches in ways that reflect the complexities, specificities, and pluralities of Asian American Christian experience. The Center for Asian American Christianity is a thought leader in the areas of Asian American theology and ministry. We curate a forward-thinking conversation about the issues confronting Asian American churches. Learn more about the Center for Asian American Christianity at ltiaa.com.
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March 07, 2022
Russell Jeung | Stop AAPI Hate and Racial Trauma
January 24, 2022 | Mental Health and Asian Americans Contexts and Strategies for Faith Leaders   Plenary Lecture: "Stop AAPI Hate and Racial Trauma"  Dr. Jeung’s talk discusses the collective racial trauma that our communities are facing during COVID-19, its historic precedence, and indigenous approaches toward healing.   Speaker: Dr. Russell Jeung, professor of Asian American studies, San Francisco State University  The newly expanded Center for Asian American Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary comes at a critical time in the life of Asian America. Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial-ethnic demographic in the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the persistence of anti-Asian racism. Moreover, minority and immigrant churches are poised to transform the face of Christianity in the United States in the next few decades. The Center for Asian American Christianity seeks to equip and empower the next generation of Asian American leaders for service in church, society, and academy. Learn more about the Center for Asian American Christianity at https://www.ptsem.edu/academics/center-for-asian-american-christianity To view the conference blog, visit https://ltiaa.com/blog/
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February 28, 2022
Carolyn Chen | When Work Becomes Religion in Silicon Valley
Dr. Carolyn Chen, Associate Professor of Asian American and Asian Diaspora studies and Comparative Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley, discusses what happens when work becomes religion—the subject of her forthcoming book Work Pray Code. Learn more at https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691219080/work-pray-code The Center for Asian American Christianity is a thought leader in the areas of Asian American theology and ministry. We curate a forward-thinking conversation about the issues confronting Asian American churches. Learn more about the Center for Asian American Christianity at https://www.ptsem.edu/academics/center-for-asian-american-christianity
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February 17, 2022
David Chao | Opening Remarks to the 2022 Mental Health and Asian Americans Conference
January 24, 2022 | Mental Health and Asian Americans: Contexts and Strategies for Faith Leaders   Speaker: Dr. David Chao, director, Center for Asian American Christianity The newly expanded Center for Asian American Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary comes at a critical time in the life of Asian America. Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial-ethnic demographic in the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the persistence of anti-Asian racism. Moreover, minority and immigrant churches are poised to transform the face of Christianity in the United States in the next few decades. The Center for Asian American Christianity seeks to equip and empower the next generation of Asian American leaders for service in church, society, and academy.   Learn more about the Center for Asian American Christianity at https://www.ptsem.edu/academics/center-for-asian-american-christianity To view the conference blog, visit https://ltiaa.com/blog/
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February 14, 2022
Geomon George | The Indian American Church and 'Being, Becoming, and Belonging'
Dr. Geomon George, Dean and Co-Director of the MA program and Coordinator of the Thriving in Ministry Initiative at City Seminary of New York, discusses how the Indian American church navigates "being, becoming, and belonging" amid the circumstances of immigration and COVID-19.  This episode was recorded on November 12, 2021. The Center for Asian American Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary invites you to join the dialogue on Asian American faith, identity, social engagement, and ministry through our newsletter, blog, and upcoming conferences at ltiaa.com
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January 19, 2022
Mia Chang | Cultivating a Multiracial Community
On September 16, 2021, Rev. Dr. Mia Chang presented at the first Asian American Theology and Ministry Colloquium at Princeton Theological Seminary of the academic year. As Lead Pastor of a multicultural church community, Rev. Dr. Mia shares about her journey as a church planter and her vision for the church. To Rev. Dr. Mia, the church points to the Kingdom of God in all its mosaic hues and sounds—guiding a broken and divisive world to wholeness and healing.  Rev. Dr. Mia was ordained as a pastor by the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey upon completing her studies at Alliance Theological Seminary in New York. She obtained her doctorate in ministry studies at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University in PA. In 2008, she founded NextGen Church in West Windsor, NJ. The Center for Asian American Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary invites you to join the dialogue on Asian American faith, identity, social engagement, and ministry through our newsletter, blog, and upcoming conferences at ltiaa.com. 
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December 06, 2021
Al Tizon | Identity Crisis - My Missionary Journey as a Fil-Am in Postcolonial Philippines
On October 28, 2021, Rev. Dr. Al Tizon presented at the second Asian American Theology and Ministry Colloquium at Princeton Theological Seminary of this academic year. Rev. Dr. Al discusses how a journey back to his homeland of the Philippines led him to a crisis of identity that continues to this day—confronting colonialism and paternalism on the one hand and his dignity as and sense of solidarity with Filipinos on the other.  The Center for Asian American Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary invites you to join the dialogue on Asian American faith, identity, social engagement, and ministry through our newsletter, blog, and upcoming conferences at ltiaa.com
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November 30, 2021
Jerry Park | Race, Religion, and 'Choosing My Traditions'
Dr. Jerry Park discusses his sociological research on the public narratives behind Asian American Christian political engagement. This episode was recorded August 27, 2021. The Center for Asian American Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary invites you to join the dialogue on Asian American faith, identity, social engagement, and ministry through our newsletter, blog, and upcoming conferences at ltiaa.com
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October 21, 2021
Jane Hong | Asian American Christians and the Transformation of U.S. Evangelicalism
Dr. Jane Hong discusses how Asians and Asian Americans participated in the entanglement of race, religion, and politics in the post-1965 immigration wave and the rise of the religious right. This episode was recorded September 17, 2021. The Center for Asian American Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary invites you to join the dialogue on Asian American faith, identity, social engagement, and ministry through our newsletter, blog, and upcoming conferences at ltiaa.com
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October 21, 2021
Easten Law: Asian American Belonging, Blurred Identities, and Boba Tea
Dr. Easten Law, Assistant Director of the Overseas Ministries Studies Center at Princeton Theological Seminary, discusses the relationship between Asian identity, American identity, and Christian identity. Dr. Law's research focuses on lived theology, religious pluralism, and public life in the context of contemporary China. This episode was recorded July 7, 2021. The Center for Asian American Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary invites you to join the dialogue on Asian American faith, identity, social engagement, and ministry through our newsletter, blog, and upcoming conferences at ltiaa.com. 
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September 13, 2021
Helen Jin Kim: Korean Christians and Evangelicalism
Dr. Helen Jin Kim discusses the role of Korean Christians in the making of modern evangelical America in her forthcoming book Race for Revival: How Cold War South Korea Shaped American Evangelical Empire. This episode was recorded July 15, 2021.  The Center for Asian American Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary invites you to join the dialogue on Asian American faith, identity, social engagement, and ministry through our newsletter, blog, and upcoming conferences at ltiaa.com
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September 06, 2021
Russell Jeung: Anti-Asian Hate and Restorative Justice
Dr. Russell Jeung discusses with us the current state of anti-Asian hate in 2021 and the path to restorative justice. This episode was recorded on June 24, 2021. The Center for Asian American Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary invites you to join the dialogue on Asian American faith, identity, social engagement, and ministry through our newsletter, blog, and upcoming conferences at ltiaa.com.
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August 28, 2021
Melissa Borja and Jonathan Tran: 2021 AAT Conference - Part 2
In this conversation, David Chao, Melissa Borja, and Jonathan Tran share why the 2021 Asian American Theology Conference is important and why they look forward to it. Conference registration is free: https://ltiaa.com/ To learn more about the Asian American Program at Princeton Theological Seminary: https://www.ptsem.edu/student-life/asian-american-program/overview 0:00 Why have an Asian American theology conference? Its pragmatic function and the need for a space to turn pain into power.  4:29 Presbyterians and Asian Americans. 5:58 Racism and antiracism as theological issues: How do we talk about God in the midst of extraordinary forms of injustice? “The fight for justice is natural because justice is natural to God.” 7:22 Ethnography and the church. 8:24 Lots of positive energy for conversation and building relationships at these conferences. 9:12 Theological formation that connects justification and justice, especially for the next generation of Asian American churches. 11:11 The importance of conferences for exchanging ideas and for building relationships esp. during the social isolation intensified by the pandemic. We need resurrection hope!
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April 16, 2021
Melissa Borja and Jonathan Tran: 2021 AAT Conference - Part 1
In this conversation, David Chao, Melissa Borja, and Jonathan Tran discuss Asian American identity, the utility of ethnography for doing Asian American theology, and recent events surrounding anti-Asian racism.
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April 15, 2021