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IMAGE: GRACE JI-SUN KIM IS A KOREAN AMERICAN THEOLOGIAN. (IMAGE: SUPPLIED)LINK TO LARGER IMAGE.

It was a wonderful honor to be a guest on Soul Search. It is an ABC Radio Show hosted by Dr. Meredith Lake in Sydney, Australia.

It was a really lively interview where we talked about Gangnam Style, Asian Christianity and my present work.

You can now listen to the interview.

Asian Christianities beyond Asia

Sunday 18 August 2019 6:05PM

How do you imagine the face of contemporary Christianity?

A hundred years ago, about two-thirds of the world’s Christians lived in Europe. Now, only about a quarter do — but in the Asia Pacific, that number has tripled.

Rev Dr Grace Ji-Sun Kim is Associate Professor of Theology at Earlham School of Religion, Indiana. She is a major figure in the emerging field of Asian-American theology, whose many books include a critique of the viral song Gangnam Style, by Psy. Her latest book is Healing Our Broken Humanity.

There’s a long history of Chinese-Christianity in Australia, at least since the goldrushes of the 1850s. Chinese evangelists, fleeing the Taiping rebellion, shared their faith with their countrymen on the diggings. More recent migration has seen the emergence of vibrant intergenerational Chinese churches. Grace Lung is a research fellow at the Centre for Asian Christianity at the Brisbane School of Theology. She grew up with the “paper cuts” of casual racism and experienced the cultural gap between first and second generation Chinese-Australians.

IMAGE: GRACE LUNG, RESEARCH FELLOW WITH THE BRISBANE SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY. (IMAGE: SUPPLIED)

IMAGE: STEVE CHONG IS THE FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF THE RICE MOVEMENT. (IMAGE: RICE MOVEMENT WEBSITE)

 

Ever since 2002, Steve Chong has been holding evangelistic rallies calling young people, predominantly with Asian heritage, to faith in Jesus. He’s the founder and director of the RICE movement. He speaks to Meredith about how how and why the movement came to be.

Supporting Information

Presenter: Meredith Lake

Producer: Mariam Chehab and Hong Jiang

Music:

Jasmine Bride, Chee-Wei Tay, from ‘The Far East’

Gangnam Style, Psy, from ‘Psy 6 (Six Rules), Part 1’

Otemachi, Jonathan Sharp, from ‘Asia Hi-Tech’

Paper Lanterns, Jonathan Sharp, from ‘Asia Hi-Tech’

Tokyo Dreams, Jonathan Atkinson, from ‘Modern Asia 2’

Persian Sufi music, Youtube video uploaded by ramiz110

Further Information

Rev Dr Grace Ji-Sun Kim – Bio

Grace Ji-Sun Kim received her M.Div. from Knox College (University of Toronto) and her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. She is an Associate Professor of Theology at Earlham School of Religion.

Asian Christianity in the Diaspora co-edited by Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Asian American theology is still at its nascent stage. It began in the 1980s with just a handful of scholars who were recent immigrants to the United States. Now with the rise in Asian American population and the rise of Asian American theologians, this new community is an ever-important voice within theological discourse and Asian American cultural studies.

Healing Our Broken Humanity by Grace Ji-Sun Kim

We live in conflicted times. Our newsfeeds are filled with inequality, division, and fear. We want to make a difference and see justice restored because Jesus calls us to be a peacemaking and reconciling people. But how do we do this? Based on their work with diverse churches, colleges, and other organizations, Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Graham Hill offer Christian practices that can bring healing and hope to a broken world.

Grace Lung – Bio

Grace Lung is a Research Fellow with the Brisbane School of Theology’s Centre for Asian Christianity. She completed her MDiv at the Sydney Missionary and Bible College.

Rice Rally 2019

NEW NORMAL. Is this it? When we look around us, in us, are we truly satisfied with what we see? think? feel? Or is there and has there always been more to all of this. Rice Rally tickets and additional information available here.

Waltzing the Dragon with Benjamin Law

A documentary to the ‘sweet and the sour’ of the China-Australia relationship, digging deep into overlapping histories of the countries, unpacking the present and looking to the future of Australia’s waltz with the dragon. Available on ABC iview.

Sunday 6pmRepeated: Thursday 12pm, Saturday 3am

Presented by Dr Meredith Lake