Posts in Sept 1996 a

To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Subject: Fwd: AAASCommunity: Grants Program of the Civil Liberties
Public Education Fund
Date: 9/10/96 1:33 AM

Here’s something which may interest the research oriented among us!

Tim Tseng

Forwarded message:
From: (Don T. Nakanishi)
Date: 96-09-09 19:37:28 EDT

Hi, everyone–
As you may know, I am on the Board of Directors of the Civil Liberties
Public Education Fund. Here is a press release about our grants programs.
There is one category devoted strictly to research. I hope you will share
it with your colleagues, graduate students, educators, and members of the
community. I also hope you will consider applying.
Don Nakanishi
September 4, 1996

contact: Dale F. Shimasaki, Ph.D
(415) 356-5020


Details of Grant Program Announced

A grant program targeted towards educating the public about the
from the incarceration of Japanese Americans and legal resident aliens
World War II was announced today by the Board of Directors of The Civil
Liberties Public Education Fund.
The Board has announced that there will be two themes under the
program–Education and Research. Establishing these categories will help
assure the Fund that a variety of projects are promoted by the Fund¶, stated
Board Chair Dale Minami. We are looking forward to receiving a number of
qualified applicants for these project categories¶.

Education Themes
In education, there are four key areas: (1)curriculum, (2)
and landmark initiatives, (3) community development and (4) arts and media.
Curriculum Initiatives. To make substantive progress in efforts to
incorporate the history and lessons of the exclusion and detention of
Japanese ancestry as part of the education curricula from K-12 and
post-secondary educational institutions.
Institutional and Landmark Initiatives. To support the preservation
historic landmarks, development of commemorative monuments and cultural
institutions as permanent focal points, on-going catalysts for education and
repositories for culture and artifacts commemorating the exclusion and
of persons of Japanese ancestry, including Japanese Americans who served in
U.S. armed forces.
Community Development. To affirm community efforts to provide a legacy of
remembrance for future generations, thus continuing a process of recovery
the trauma and stigma of the W.W.II exclusion and detention.
Arts and Media. To utilize a variety of media (including new
and the arts to creatively and strategically appeal to a broad American
while enhancing and enriching community based educational efforts.

There are three categories under research programs: (1) research
projects, (2) National Fellow Program, and (3) Research and Archival
Research Projects. To encourage scholarly inquiry and projects
to the variety of experiences and impact of the exclusion and detention of
persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II, as well as its
the experiences of other populations, so that the causes, circumstances,
and contemporary applications of this and similar events will be illuminated
National Fellows Program. To support and to encourage the
development of
a new generation of scholars for this field of study, the Fund will award up
15 graduate fellowships of $10,000 each to support post-baccalaureate
from and array of academic disciplines and professional graduate school
Research and Archival. To increase the accessibility of essential
archival and other documents for scholarly research and public education in
libraries and other institutions, as well as through innovative technology.

Other Requirements
In addition to grant themes, the Board established three levels of
funding for the grants program:
1. Candlelight awards of up to $25,000
2. Torchlight awards of up to $100,000
3. Beacon awards of up to $250,000

Despite the limits on resources, the Board felt that it was important to
promote a set of diverse projects,¶ stated Vice Chair, Susan Hayase.
grant categories for small, medium and large scale projects will help the
promote various educational and research objectives.¶
Generally, an applicant may submit only one application for a single
project under one of the CLPEF grant themes, Education or Research. The
seeks to fund a broad range of organizations and interests. Final decisions
will be made with consideration to the breadth and quality of the pool of
applications received. In addition to submitting an application on its own
behalf, an organization may participate in one or more consortium
either as the lead applicant or as a participant organization, provided
each application is for a different project.
The grant program is in compliance with Congressional legislation
authorized under the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. In addition to the
of an education program, the Board must publish the proceedings and the
testimony of the federal Commission on the Wartime Internment of Civilians.
Applications for the grant program are expected to be available
in October, 1996. To request an application packet, contact the East Coast
Office of the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund at 1730 K Street, NW,
410, Washington, D.C. 20006. The phone number is (202) 653-2812. The fax
number is (202) 653-2815.

Don T. Nakanishi, Director
UCLA Asian American Studies Center
3230 Campbell Hall
PO Box 951546
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1546
phone: (310) 825-2974
fax: (310) 206-9844
Center’s web site:

* AAASCommunity, the Discussion & News list of the
* Email Network of the Association for Asian American Studies
* Coordinator:

To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Subject: Tim’s research survey (2d mailing)
Date: 9/9/96 2:58 AM

Dear CACers:

Apologies, but because we have several new persons on our discussion list,
I’m re-posting my research survey. Again, feel free to email your completed
survey. If you can distribute it widely to Chinese Christians you know, I’d
appreciate it (and will pay for photocopying and mailing expenses). Thanks!
– Tim Tseng
Chinese American Christian Survey
Summer 1996

Please take a moment to complete this survey. The purpose of this survey is
to gain a better portrait of Chinese N. American Christians today. All your
responses are strictly confidential and your name (should you choose to
provide it) will not be revealed to anyone without your permission. Written
comments in response to these survey questions are welcome!

Please mail your completed survey to me before September 30th, 1996. Thank

Rev. Dr. Timothy Tseng
1401 East Girard Place, Apt. 268
Englewood, Colorado 80110
(303) 762-8163; E-mail:

1. Please provide you name in English and Chinese (optional):

2. What year were you born?_______

3. What is your sex? [ ] Male [ ] Female

4. How many years have you lived in the United States or Canada?

5. Which languages/dialects are you fluent in?
[ ] Conversational English
[ ] Conversational and written English
[ ] Conversational Cantonese
[ ] Conversational Mandarin
[ ] Conversational and written Chinese
[ ] Other:

6. In which neighborhood did you spend most of your childhood and teenage
[ ] Urban
[ ] Suburban
[ ] Other (Please describe):

7. Describe your circle of friends during the following periods in your
A. Before High School:
[ ] All Chinese or Asian
[ ] Mostly Chinese or Asian
[ ] Mostly non-Chinese or non-Asian
[ ] All non-Chinese or non-Asian
[ ] All Christian
[ ] Mostly Christian
[ ] Mostly non-Christian
[ ] All non-Christian
B. During High School:
[ ] All Chinese or Asian
[ ] Mostly Chinese or Asian
[ ] Mostly non-Chinese or non-Asian
[ ] All non-Chinese or non-Asian
[ ] All Christian
[ ] Mostly Christian
[ ] Mostly non-Christian
[ ] All non-Christian
C. During College (if applicable):
[ ] All Chinese or Asian
[ ] Mostly Chinese or Asian
[ ] Mostly non-Chinese or non-Asian
[ ] All non-Chinese or non-Asian
[ ] All Christian
[ ] Mostly Christian
[ ] Mostly non-Christian
[ ] All non-Christian
D. Since you finished your formal education:
[ ] All Chinese or Asian
[ ] Mostly Chinese or Asian
[ ] Mostly non-Chinese or non-Asian
[ ] All non-Chinese or non-Asian
[ ] All Christian
[ ] Mostly Christian
[ ] Mostly non-Christian
[ ] All non-Christian

8. Which church do you currently attend (give location also)?

9. Briefly describe how you became a Christian.

10. How long have you been an active Christian?
[ ] 0-3 years
[ ] 4-7 years
[ ] 8+ years

11. Briefly share your thoughts or beliefs about the following:
A. God

B. Jesus Christ

C. The Church

D. World/Society/Humanity

E. Being Chinese in North America

F. Being a Christian in North America

12. What are two of your favorite hymns, praise songs, or bible passages?

13. Which of the following Christian magazines do you subscribe to or keep
up with?
[ ] Christian Century
[ ] Christianity Today
[ ] Other:

14. Which general magazines or journals do you subscribe to or keep up

15. List two or three books authored by an Asian American that you have

16. List some of the non-racial or non-ethnic specific Christian
organizations that you have been active in (e.g., InterVarsity Christian
Fellowship, Promise Keepers):

17. What non-Christian groups are you active in (e.g., OCA, athletic
leagues, labor unions, civic associations, professional societies)?

18. From the list below, prioritize what you consider the five most
important issues facing Chinese Christian North American today:
_____ The “Glass Ceiling”
_____ Abortion
_____ ABC/OBC issues in Chinese churches
_____ Religious freedom (fighting anti-Christian biases in society)
_____ Anti-Asian American violence
_____ Increasing wage gap between the rich and poor
_____ Corporate downsizing
_____ Sexism (discrimination against women)
_____ Decreasing buying power
_____ Survival of 2d+ generation of Chinese Christians in North America
_____ Welfare reform
_____ Generation X leaving church
_____ Other:

19. What do you consider the most satisfying aspect of being a Chinese
Christian in North America?

20. What areas do you think Chinese churches (in general) need to address
more adequately in the future?

21. Have you ever experienced racial discrimination? Please describe an

22. Have you ever experienced sexual discrimination? Please describe.

23. The survey is part of an on-going oral-video documentary history
which Dr. Tseng is working on. If you would like more information or would
like to be interviewed in greater detail, please provide your address and
phone number:
Your mailing address:

Your phone number:

Your Email address (if applicable):

[ ] Please send me more information about the oral-video documentary
[ ] I would like to be interviewed in detail for the project.

To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Subject: Racial Discrimination in ministry?
Date: 9/9/96 2:37 AM

Dear CACers:

Someplace buried in my computer was this correspondence. Perhaps you can
help Rev. Max B. Surjadinata with his research? – Tim Tseng

Date: Thu, 25 Apr 1996 01:00:33 -0400
Subject: Re: 1995 anti-Asian hate violence incidents

I noticed your posting regarding seeking experiences of Asian American
ministers in white churches. Because I am about to embark on an oral-video
documentary project related to Chinese Protestants in the U.S. since World
War II, I’d be interested in connecting with people who responded to your
post. I think they would make exciting interviews for this project.

Tim Tseng
Assistant Professor of Church History
Denver Seminary

Dear Tim Tseng,

Thanks for your note. Indeed, I would be glad to share with you those
responses–if I get them. I am in the process of writing a biographical
piece, tentatively, called “From the Periphery to the Center and Back Again
— Reflections on Ministry from An Asian-American Perspective”.

At the moment, I am UCC pastor serving an African-American and Caribbean
congregation. While Asians have always been perceived as the ‘model’
by the white majority culture, I am interested in exploring from other
ministers the ‘hidden injuries’ of race, including the subtle and
not-so-subtle manifestations of prejudice, racist attitudes against
Asians–specifically in parish situations. I know of experiences where an
Asian pastor was told by members of his church council not to visit a
parishioner because “he really can’t deal with Asians because he was a POW
during World War II. There are other instances, as I’m sure you would
concur…and I think these experiences are stories that need to be told, if
we are to be faithful in ministry.

With warm regards,

Max B. Surjadinata
Rev. Max B. Surjadinata
100 La Salle St., Apt.#21B
New York,NY. 10027-4778
212 222-1899


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