The Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER) recently interviewed Gale Yee, author of Towards an Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics: An Intersectional Anthology. Yee answers questions on intersectionality and biblical interpretation from WATER’s Mary Hunt and several live listeners. See the full interview below or visit the WATERtalks page on WATER’s website for this interview and many more.
About the book
Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial/ethnic population in the United States. Especially since the 1990s, readings by Asian American biblical scholars have been increasing to meet the particular theological and pastoral concerns of their Christian racial/ethnic seminarians, clergy, and churches. Gale A. Yee is one of their major interpreters, becoming the first Asian American and first woman of color president of the oldest professional guild devoted to the critical study of the Bible, the Society of Biblical Literature. This book is an anthology of her major, ground-breaking essays on Asian American theorizing and analysis of the biblical text. It is a retrospective of her growth of over almost three decades in wrestling with questions like “What is Asian American biblical hermeneutics and how does one undertake it?”
Gale A. Yee is Nancy W. King Professor of Biblical Studies emerita, Episcopal Divinity School. She is the author of Poor Banished Children of Eve; Jewish Feasts and the Gospel of John; Composition and Tradition in the Book of Hosea, as well as many edited books, articles, and essays. She lives at Pilgrim Place, a retirement community in Claremont, California, known for its social activism.