books and resources

These are Asian American resources — find encouragement and insight for Asian American ministry.

Last Update: 11 Mar 2003

Invitation to Lead: Guidance for Emerging Asian American Leaders ~ Paul Tokunaga (March 2003; IVP Preview)

Chinese Christians in America : Conversion, Assimilation, and Adhesive Identities ~ Fenggang Yang

Pursuing the Pearl : A Comprehensive Resource for Multi-Asian Ministry ~ Kenneth Uyeda Fong. (Judson, November 1999)
Fong’s completely updated revision of his previously released Insights for Growing Asian-American Ministries examines the very latest trends and cultural realities in Asian American churches. Fong brings scholarly expertise and an in-depth knowledge of the special needs of this culture to facilitate more effective ministry in Asian American churches.
Read a review of this book by Russell Yee

Following Jesus Without Dishonoring Your Parents
Jeanette Yep, coordinator, with Peter Cha, Susan Cho Van Riesen, Greg Jao, and Paul Tokunaga  (March 1998; IVP preview)
This book, written by a team of Asian American student ministry workers who have been there, can serve as our guide on a difficult journey. The authors represent a variety of perspectives, including the immigrant experience of a Korean man, a third-generation Japanese-American’s understanding of his parents’ experience in the internment camps during World War II, and a Chinese American woman’s struggle to communicate with her parents. Their accounts of humorous, frusrating and heartbreaking personal experiences (as well as stories from other Asian American students and adults) offer support and encouragement. And their ideas for living out the Christian faith between two cultures show us the way to wholeness.

Other Resources

Asian American Bible Study
Losing Face & Finding Grace (IVP’s web site with Table of Contents)

12 Bible Studies for Asian-Americans by Tom Lin (with an introduction by David K. Gibbons) [released January 1997 by InterVarsity Press 80 pages, paper, 0-8308-1684-4, retail $5.99]
The first Asian American-specific Bible Study Guide, “Losing Face, Finding Grace” (IVP, December 1996) by Tom Lin has just been published. Having sold over 1,000 copies at the Urbana ’96 conference, this Bible Study guide has been helpful for second generation Asians in personal study as well as group study. Each book includes 12 studies on topics from our image of God, to honoring parents, to idols and gifts of Asian culture. It is ideal for English ministries of Chinese churches – esp. high schoolers, college groups, and young adults. To order 9 or less copies at $5.99 each, simply call InterVarsity Press at (630) 887-2500.

Amerasia Journal

“the foremost academic journal for Asian American studies” –Timothy TsengSubscriptions: $24 (individuals) for 3 issues per year Single issues available for $10 each + $3 s/h
Amerasia Journal
3230 Campbell Hall
Asian American Studies Center
University of California Los Angeles, CA 90095-1546
(310) 825-2968
FAX (310) 206-9844

Alban Institute
Alban Institute Action Research Team on Conflict Management in Asian American Congregations. If you are interested in having a team consult with your congregation or judicatory, contact Alban consulting and training at (800) 486-1318, ext. 229. For other information, contact the team convenor directly – the Rev. Bert Tom, Presbytery of San Francisco, 2024 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704, (510) 849-4393.


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* books authored by Asian American Christians, but may not address specific Asian American issues