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BRC and Friends is a 30-minute Google Hangout where I chat with friends and adventurers from around the interwebs. Each episode includes conversations about one of my guests passions, projects or area of expertise, a current events or two and we end with five random questions. This is basically an excuse for me to talk with interesting people about interesting things.

Today on BRC and Friends, I spoke with Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Joseph Cheah about their new book, Theological Reflections on “Gangnam Style”: A Racial, Sexual, and Cultural Critique.

October 21, 2014 at noon PDT

Recap and more info about Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Joseph Cheah is below the video.

Bruce Reyes-Chow

Grace Ji-Sun Kim is Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University. She is the author of many books, Theological Reflections on “Gangnam Style”: A Racial, Sexual, and Cultural Critique, Contemplations from the Heart: Spiritual Reflections on Family, Community, and the Divine and The Holy Spirit, Chi, and the Other: A Model of Global and Intercultural Pneumatology (Palgrave Macmillan) just to name a few. She is the editor of, Reflections Along the Journey: Theological Narratives of Korean American Clergywomen.

Grace is also an ordained Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Joseph Cheah is the Chair and Associate Professor, Religious Studies Department at the University of St Josephs. His is the author of Race and Religion in American Buddhism: White Supremacy and Immigrant Adaptation.

There is a lot of smart on today’s show and these two have collaborated on a new book titled, “Gangnam Style”: A Racial, Sexual, and Cultural Critique.

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Episode Recap: Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Joseph Cheah, Theological Reflections on “Gangnam Style”

If you have never seen Gangnam Style, watch the video.


We had some technical difficulty with Joe’s sound, so we adapted and had his audio via a phone. Sorry about the rough sound, but we really wanted him to be a part of this conversation. Thanks for your patience.

Segment 1:

Grace and Joseph talk about how this project came about. They share about the content and how traditional stereotypes played into the popularity wheel house of American Culture. Joe talks about Asian American male stereotypes, caricatures of Asians and  racism.  Grace talks about the sociological implications, consumerism, Psy in Korea and the Westernization of beauty.

Be sure to check out Grace’s blog post, Psy’s “Hangover:” Challenging Asian American and African American Relations for more about her thoughts on Psy. [Hangout Video]

Segment 2: [24:44]

Q2: Sound or smell that reminds you of your childhood.

Joe: Flower and water.
Grace: Popcorn.

Q1: What was the last book your read that did not have anything do to with your field of study?

Joe: Some novel he picked up and read on a plane.
Grace: So long ago. Maybe Wuthering Heights.

Q3: What was your first or your worst job was?

Joe: First job, worked in a butcher shop.
Grace: Babysitting, $.25 an hour.

Q4: You get to switch places with any person in the world, you get all of their talents, resources and networks, who would it be?

Joe: A missionary that he sponsors in Burma.
Grace: President Carter

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