Asian American Theology: Immigration, Providence, and Politics

March 29–30, 2019

Immigration, Providence, and Politics

The 2019 Asian American Theology Conference at Princeton Theological Seminary explores the intersection of immigration, providence, and political action.

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This conference addresses and problematizes contemporary concerns about the “political apathy” of Asian Americans from historical, sociological, political, and theological perspectives by asking: How does the racialized history of Asian immigration to America relate to the contemporary political activities of Asian Americans? Does religious identity and Christian faith motivate greater or lesser civic engagement? Moreover, how do we measure political activity and how can the missional activities of Asian American churches expand our categories of the “political”? Where do we go from here? We have gathered leaders from various disciplines in Asian American studies and the theological guild along with organizers and thought leaders from Asian American communities for fresh conversations around these questions. Scholars, students, pastors, and lay Christians are encouraged to attend, participate, and discuss these issues of significance for Asian American Christianity and theology.

Featured Speakers

Daniel Chou, Editor-in-Chief of Inheritance Magazine, co-founder of Winnow+Glean; MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary.

Jane Hong, Assistant Professor, History, Occidental College. BA, Yale University; AM, Brown University; AM, PhD, Harvard University.

Hyepin Im, President/CEO, Faith and Community Empowerment (FACE). President and Founder, Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD). BS, University of California, Berkeley; MBA, University of Southern California; MDiv, Wesley Theological Seminary.

Russell Jeung, Professor, Asian-American Studies, San Francisco State University. BA, MA, Stanford University; MA, PhD, University of California, Berkeley.

Bo Karen Lee, Associate Professor of Spiritual Theology and Christian Formation, Princeton Theological Seminary. BA, Yale University; MDiv Trinity International University; ThM, PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary.

Paul Lim, Associate Professor of the History of Christianity, Vanderbilt University. BA, Yale University; MDiv, Biblical Theological Seminary; ThM, Princeton Theological Seminary; PhD, University of Cambridge.

Jonathan Tran, Associate Professor of Theology and George W. Baines Chair of Religion, Baylor University. BA, University of California, Riverside; M.Div., Duke University, The Divinity School; PhD, Duke University.

Janelle Wong, Professor of American Studies and core faculty member of the Asian American Studies Program, University of Maryland. BA, University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., Yale University; PhD Yale University.

Steven Toshio Yamaguchi, Pastor, Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles, CA. BA, Westmont College; MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary; DMin, Claremont School of Theology.

Sam Yoon, Executive Director, Korean Americans in Action, Council of Korean Americans. BA, Princeton University; MPA, Harvard Kennedy School.


Cost: $125 (includes Friday banquet, Saturday breakfast and lunch)*

* Free for current PTS and Princeton University students, but seats are limited and registration is required

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Friday, March 29

12:00–1:30 p.m. | Registration and coffee

Session 1: Theron Room, Library

1:30–2:00 p.m. | Words of welcome/introduction

2:00–2:45 p.m. | Paper by Jane Hong with Q&A afterwards

2:45–3:30 p.m. | Paper by Russell Jeung with Q&A afterwards

3:30–4:00 p.m. | Coffee Break

4:00–4:45 p.m. | Paper by Janelle Wong with Q&A afterwards

4:45–5:30 p.m. | Round table discussion moderated by David Chao with Jane Hong, Russell Jeung, Janelle Wong

Session 2: Main Lounge, Mackay Campus Center

6:00–7:00 p.m. | Dinner banquet

7:00–7:30 p.m. | Presentation by Daniel Chou

7:30–8:00 p.m. | Presentation by Sam Yoon

8:00–8:30 p.m. | Round table discussion moderated by Bonnie Lin with Daniel Chou, Hyepin Im, Steven Yamaguchi, Sam Yoon

Saturday, March 30

8:00–9:00 a.m. | Breakfast, Mackay Campus Center

Session 3: Theron Room, Library

9:00–9:45 a.m. | Presentation by Hyepin Im with Q&A afterwards

9:45–10:30 a.m. | Presentation by Hyepin Im with Q&A afterwards

10:30–10:45 a.m. | Coffee Break

10:45–11:30 a.m. | Round table discussion moderated by Enoch Kuo with Daniel Chou, Hyepin Im, Steven Yamaguchi, Sam Yoon

11:45–12:45 p.m. | Lunch, Main Lounge, Mackay Campus Center

Workshops: Erdman Center

1:00–2:00 p.m. | Workshop 1: Cooper Room, Erdman Center - Bo Karen Lee, “Contemplative Prayer and Justice Fatigue” | Workshop 2: Clarke Lounge, Erdman Center - Hyepin Im, “The Power of Partnerships: Churches and Community Organizing”

2:00–2:30 p.m. | Coffee Break, Theron Room, Library

Session 4: Theron Room, Library

2:30–3:15 p.m. | Paper by Paul Lim with Q&A afterwards

3:15–4:00 p.m. | Paper by Jonathan Tran with Q&A afterwards

4:00–4:45 p.m. | Final round table discussion moderated by Isaac Kim with all speakers

Closing Worship: Miller Chapel

5:00–6:00 p.m. | Sermon by Do Hee Kim

Co-organizers: David Chao, Isaac Kim, Enoch Kuo, Sun Lee, Bonnie Lin, Shalon Park

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Relations, Office of Continuing Education, Asian American Program, Asian Association at Princeton Theological Seminary

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