Intersecting Realities

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

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Hak Joon Lee
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Cascade Books
    , November
     178 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


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.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Hak Joon Lee is Lewis B. Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary. His research focuses on covenant, public theology, global ethics, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Asian American theology and ethics.


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