Over the past year, nearly 3,800 incidents of name-calling, shunning and assault against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have been reported to Stop AAPI Hate. How should we as Christians understand this dramatic increase of violence against Asian Americans? How did we get here? In Today’s Conversation podcast, Raymond Chang traces anti-Asian sentiment and actions through U.S. history, and offers a mini-cultural sensitivity training to listeners.
In this podcast hosted by NAE President Walter Kim, you’ll also gain understanding on:
- How the model minority myth and perpetual foreigner syndrome affect Asian Americans today;
- What unique contributions Asian Americans offer the Church;
- How to love and care for Asian American friends and neighbors; and
- A word of encouragement for those who are weary from the heaviness of racial injustice and other societal and personal tragedies.
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Walter: Part of sensitivity training, of course, is awareness of this history of the model minority and perpetual foreigner myths, but you’ve also alluded to something way beyond cultural sensitivity training. You’ve alluded to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus; you’ve alluded to the power of the Holy Spirit to transform. In your role at Wheaton in areas of discipleship as campus minister, what is a Christian response in terms of a deeper discipleship in this area?
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- Uncover the history behind the first two pieces of federal legislation — the Page Act of 1875 and the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 — that prevented Chinese immigrants from coming to America. As a point of clarification from the podcast, The Page Act came prior to The Chinese Exclusion Act even though the Exclusion Act of 1882 is often regarded as the first law restricting immigration to the United States.
- Connect with the Asian American Christian Collaborative, and check out their list of recommended resources for continued learning.
- Learn more about incidences of hate against Asian Americans at Stop AAPI Hate.
- Read NAE’s statement on anti-Asian violence.
- Discover NAE resources on racial justice.
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