Intersecting Realities

Race, Identity, and Culture in the Spiritual-Moral Life of Young Asian Americans

Edited by Hak Joon Lee

Foreword by Ken Fong

Intersecting Realities

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  • ISBN: 9781532616235
  • Pages: 178
  • Publication Date: 11/13/2018
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Intersecting Realities

Race, Identity, and Culture in the Spiritual-Moral Life of Young Asian Americans

Edited by Hak Joon Lee

Foreword by Ken Fong

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781532616235
  • Pages: 178
  • Publication Date: 11/13/2018
  • Retail Price: $23.00
Web Price: $18.40
BUY FROM AMAZON.COM

About-

Experiencing racial marginalization in society and pressures for success in family, Asian American Christian young adults must negotiate being socially underpowered, culturally dissonant, and politically marginal. To avoid misunderstandings and conflicts within and without their communities, more often than not they hide their true thoughts and emotions and hesitate to engage in authentic conversations outside their very close-knit circle of friends. In addition, these young adults might not find their church or Christian fellowship to be a safe and hospitable place to openly struggle with all of these sorts of questions, all the while lacking adequate vocabulary or resources to organize their thoughts. This book responds to these spiritual-moral struggles of Asian American young people by theologically addressing the issues that most intimately and immediately affect Asian American youths’ sense of identity—God, race, family, sex, gender, friendship, money, vocation, the model minority myth, and community— uniquely and consistently from the contexts of Asian American young adult life. Its goal is to help young Asian Americans develop a healthy, balanced, organic sense of identity grounded in a fresh and deeper understanding of the Christian faith.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“As cultural and generational norms are shifting, Asian American Christians are wrestling with their identity formation and what it means to be thoughtful Christians today. Intersecting Realities is a must-read resource for those Christians who want to live out their faith in a theologically faithful and culturally relevant way.”

—Tom Lin, President/CEO of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship



“Lee and his colleagues here not only name the oftentimes very painful realities confronted by young Asian Americans, but also provide concrete practical guidelines for navigating a racialized North American world. What is additionally potent for use in CCCU-affiliated institutions and theological seminary classes devoted to race and ethnicity is the vision of scriptural and covenant faithfulness that provides a sure ground upon which to tread in walking out the unavoidably ambiguous choices demanding navigation, and in persisting through the messy outcomes that will follow in our real world. The way forward will not be easy anytime soon, but that is why those serving in and ministering to the present generation of Asian American Christian communities ought to read Intersecting Realities.”

—Amos Yong, Professor of Theology & Mission, Fuller Seminary



Intersecting Realities employs the perfect combination of personal narrative, cutting-edge thinking, and sharp biblical reflection to explore today’s key issues facing Asian American Christians. Subsequently, it’s a readable, intelligent, and applicable book that is both pastoral and prophetic. I’m very grateful for the wisdom shared by each of the contributing authors and know that it will bless its readers.”

—Russell Jeung, author of At Home in Exile: Finding Jesus Among My Ancestors and Refugee Neighbors

Contributors-

Hak Joon Lee
Ken Fong

Bio(s)-

Hak Joon Lee is the Lewis B. Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary. Lee has published several books, including Shaping Public Theology: The Max L. Stackhouse ReaderThe Great World House: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Global Ethics, and We Will Get to the Promised Land: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Communal-Political Spirituality. For over a decade, he has been deeply involved in curriculum projects for pastors and Asian American youths with a view to furthering church renewal and intergenerational bridge-building in a pluralistic society.

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