Here are the highlights this week!

The RCA’s Drew Yamamoto and Urbana’s Nikki Toyama-Szeto share their insights with us, and Justin Tse spelled out “Orientalization.”


Here’s Drew on learning what it means to be Asian American Christian:

“A lot of people thought with affirmative action being phased out or with more Asian [Americans] in higher education, we’ve gone beyond the need for racial reconciliation, but the reality is that we still need it. While explicit forms of racism have been seen and appreciated as wrong, the systems that encourage racism are still in place and have yet to be dealt with.”

“I think it’s given me permission to not conform with a style and thought that is white or mainstream American. It’s allowed me to also empathize with my ministry partners in Asia who still struggle with Western colonialism and its effects on their countries and churches. And it’s allowed me to be a better advocate and more of a lover of those who are marginalized. And it helps me understand Christ and his choice to come into this world, in the way that he did as a peasant, to a red-neck part of the Empire, not as Emperor or Caesar, but as a baby born to a carpenter.”


Here’s Nikki sharing on patterns she’s noticed traveling and meeting people for InterVarsity and Urbana:

“So what I hear repeated often is “I felt called in my 20s; I said ‘no.’ I went to grad school, I went to management consulting, and here I am 10 years later re-entering ministry.”

“As critical mass grows of Hmong Christians in certain areas, or Filipino Christians in other areas, it has changed that conversation from a generational conversation to more [about] inter-Asian prejudice or sin or history which I think is really good.  People don’t really realize where they draw the boundary of Asian American Christian as they accidentally cut out some folks, or realize they know no one from these other categories….Sometimes [this] really challenges what we think of the “Asian American Christian” experience.”


AA101: What is Orientalization:

“Orientalization is a process by which people are categorized into orientalism, a system an intellectual thought about the Orient as an object of study.”

Orientals are sneaky and slimy…and very spiritual, but they are also very materialistic.”




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