I recently went back to the States for a week to surprise my mother for her birthday. Despite the current state of affairs in America, with racial tensions running high, I didn’t expect to experience anything that would make me feel out of place as a person of color. I was going to Southern California … Continue reading Perpetual Foreigner or Perpetual Native?
I’m the kind of person who has a tendency to overthink things. Just last month, I almost cancelled Thanksgiving as I wrestled with existential questions about the whitewashing of America’s history, the use of religion to justify entitlement, and the cultural ethnocentrism of the tradition. This month, Christmas has met with a similar fate as … Continue reading Deconstructing Christmas
These last few days have been a whirlwind of emotion for me as I’ve vacillated between feelings of anger, betrayal, disappointment, fear, cynicism, and resignation. More than the actual results of the election, I’ve been grieving what it has revealed about the American church. With white evangelicals overwhelmingly aligning themselves with a political platform that … Continue reading I belong. You belong. But…
These past few weeks, I’ve been having online conversations about issues of race with other Christians. As a person of color, I’ve been encouraged by much of the humility and empathy I’ve received in response to my experiences with unconscious racial bias. But invariably, I will also receive comments like: “I don’t think that was … Continue reading The Abuse of Forgiveness
I was taking a walk around the neighborhood recently, listening to a playlist of Christian music that I had created a few years ago. But instead of feeling encouragement and resonance, I found myself experiencing the exact opposite. Over and over, I heard lyrics like: “I know I’m unworthy…” “I don’t deserve your … Continue reading The Spirit of Adoption
Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. Terence Crutcher. These are just three of the 165 African American men who have been shot by police in 2016 alone, according to the Washington Post. Protests and riots against this epidemic have reached a fever pitch. Out on the streets, I hear wails of pain, shouts against injustice, and cries … Continue reading The Deafening Silence of the Asian Immigrant Church
Metaphors. They are powerful symbolic narratives that have the ability to soften our hearts, expose injustice, convict us of our culpability, or reveal profound truths. I recently came across a compelling one in C.S. Lewis’ Prince Caspian. The Metaphor The four Pevensie children and Trumpkin the dwarf are trying to make their way across a … Continue reading Following Aslan: Calling the Church to Radical Inclusion
Two Losses Sheryl Sandberg recently gave a commencement speech at my alma mater, UC Berkeley, where she shared publicly for the first time of her husband’s sudden death a year ago. I wept with her as she described her “deep fog of grief,” laughed at the inside jokes that only Cal students would … Continue reading Salvation is in the Sinking: The Forgotten Art of Lament