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miguelI wrote a chapter,“Asian American Liberative Theologies” for Dr. Miguel De La Torre’s new book, Introducing Liberative Theologies

The Amazon description of the book,

“Authors write from the perspective of their own community, a and include prominent theologians, including Jorge Aquino, Jonathan Tan, Joerge Rieger, and Sharon Betcher. Each essay includes resources for further reading, discussion questions, and a number of inserts and pullouts to explain important concepts.”

Below is a few paragraphs of my chapter. For the rest of the chapter, please purchase the book.

Asian American Liberative Theologies

Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Asian Americans are the silent immigrants in North America, seen but not

heard. There is a long history of Asian immigration to the United States, but

much of it is not integrated into the institutional memory of the country. The

history of Asian immigration is glossed over as insignificant or unimportant.

They are the forgotten people whose history is characterized by rejection

from immigrant officials and numerous hardships. Much of their history is

tarnished by racism, prejudice, and white privilege, all of which inhibited

Asian American growth within the community, society, and country.

Basic Tenets

Asian American theology is shaped and distinguished by several contextual,

social, and religious determinants. The Asian American immigrant’s particular

experience of interstitiality, marginality, and hybridity all mold and

determine the course of their theology. According to some scholars such as

Kwok Pui Lan, the terms “Asian” and “Asian American” are social and cultural

constructs, not a homogenized identity, and the high degree of diversity

within the peoples comprising this group should be recognized. Asian Americans

include peoples coming from China, Korea, Japan, India, Myanmar,

and the Philippines, all of whom speak different languages with diverse cultural

backgrounds and social histories. They also worship in different faiths,

such as Buddhism, Islam, Taoism, Hinduism, Shamanism, and Christianity.

Asian Americans, generally speaking, share a solidarity with the struggles

and problems of Asian immigrants who bear a colonial history, multiple religious

traditions, diverse cultures and a long history of patriarchal control.


BN7A3104-MGrace Ji-Sun Kim is an Associate Professor of Theology at Earlham School of Religion. She is the author of  Embracing the Other(forthcoming); Here I Am; Christian Doctrines for Global Gender Justice co-edited with Jenny Daggers; Theological Reflections on “Gangnam Style” co-writtenwith Joseph Cheah; Reimagining with Christian Doctrines co-edited with Jenny Daggers; Contemplations from the Heart; Colonialism, Han and the Transformative Spirit; The Holy Spirit, Chi, and the Other; and The Grace of Sophia. She is a co-editor with Dr. Joseph Cheah for the Palgrave Macmillan Book Series, “Asian Christianity in Diaspora”.