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Panel on Christian Faith and Asian American Activism (Apr. 27th, USF)

April 2, 2009 1 comment

University of San Francisco Asian American Studies Program and ISAAC presents:

A Panel on Christian Faith and Asian American Activism
April 27th, Monday (5:00-7:00pm)
University of San Francisco
Main Campus, Fromm Hall
Golden Gate Avenue (between Masonic & Parker)
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080 USA
This event is free to the public

This panel will invite local religious leaders in the Asian American Christian community to discuss the role of their religious organizations in the early beginnings of the Asian American Movement.  Additionally, these leaders will discuss the current role of Asian American Christian faith and religion in shaping current discourse in the Asian American Movement and in Asian American Studies.

Rev. Lloyd Wake, retired United Methodist minister and Asian American community activist
Russell Jeung, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University
Fr. Dennis Recio, S.J., Asian American Studies faculty member, University of San Francisco
Nhuanh Ly, Health Educator & Youth Activist, Banteay Srei

Timothy Tseng, Ph.D., Executive Director of Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity and Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies and Asian Studies

For more information about this event series or USF Asian American Studies, please contact Prof. Kevin Chun, Program Director (415.422.2418, email Kevin), or Andrea Wise, Program Assistant (415.422.5983, email Andrea).

About the speakers:

Rev. Lloyd Wake is a Nisei who is an ordained United Methodist minister and a leader in the Bay Area in matters of human and civil rights. He was also a leader in the Japanese and Asian Caucuses of the church in the northern California area.
He was born and raised in the Reedley and Dinuba areas in the Central Valley near Fresno, California. After graduating from high school in 1939, Lloyd worked on the farm and played on the Nisei baseball team. He had assumed his role in the family of two boys and six girls was to take care of the farm for his parents.
After World War II began and notices of the incarceration were posted, Lloyd went to San Francisco to move the arts and antique inventory of his sister and her husband who owned a store of imported goods. The articles were stored in the large family home in Dinuba. He and his family were removed by the government to Poston III Relocation Center, in Arizona during World War II.
Lloyd graduated from Asbury College in Kentucky, married and moved to Berkeley where he attended seminary. He was later appointed to Glide UMC and later the Pine Methodist Church in San Francisco. He retired in 1990.
Throughout his career, Lloyd has fought for social justice and putting an end to discrimination, on any basis, whether it be race, class, gender, or sexual orientation.

Russell Jeung, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State and author of Faithful Generations: Race and New Asian American Churches (Rutgers University Press, 2004).  While getting his Ph.D. in sociology at U.C. Berkeley, he moved to a low-income Oakland neighborhood and helped organize 200 fellow tenants to win a landmark housing settlement.  He, his wife, and son continue to live in that community and attend church at New Hope Covenant Church, a multiethnic, multiclass congregation.

Fr. Dennis Recio, S.J., is a faculty member of the USF Asian American Studies program, English Dept., and St. Ignatius Institute.  Fr. Recio entered the Jesuit order in 1993 and was ordained in 2004.  He was born in Manila in the Philippines, has degrees in English and psychology from University of California Santa Cruz and taught English at St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco and Verbum Dei High in Los Angeles. In Chicago, he served at Genesis House, a rehab facility for prostitutes. He has also done retreat work and served in convalescent homes and at the Jesuit Urban Center in Boston.  He currently teaches Asian American Literature at USF.

Nhuanh Ly is a second generation Vietnamese American who grew up in Little Saigon, Orange County. New Hope Oakland is her church, and a carrier of her inspiration. She has a background in grassroots community outreach and volunteer recruitment with New Hope. Nhuanh is currently a lead staff at Banteay Srei [], where she does anti-trafficking advocacy and youth development work with young Southeast Asian young women and girls.

Timothy Tseng, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity and Adjunct Professor of Asian Philosophy and Religion at the University of San Francisco. He has written articles about Asian American religious history, the history of Chinese American Protestantism, and American evangelicalism for several journals and contributed chapters to Realizing the America of our Hearts: Theological Voices of Asian Americans, Revealing the Sacred in Asian and Pacific America, Women and Twentieth-Century Protestantism, The Social Gospel Today, and New Spiritual Homes: Religion and Asian Americans. He facilitated the publication of “Asian American Religious Leadership Today: A Preliminary Inquiry” on behalf of the Pulpit and Pew Project. An advocate of faith-based community organizing, he was a founding member of Christians Supporting Community Organizing and has served as President of the Asian American Baptist Caucus.

The panel is sponsored by:

ISAAC, USF Asian American Studies, USF Theology and Religious Studies Department, and USF Center for the Pacific Rim.

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This panel is the third of a series of talks sponsored by USF’s Asian American Studies program. This year’s series theme is:

Asian Pacific Islander Social Justice: 40 Years in San Francisco

A major aim of this event series is to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Asian American Movement. All three events in this series will trace the early history of the Asian American movement and examine its contemporary manifestations. This event series also will highlight the transgenerational linkages of the Asian American Movement by including the voices of early Asian American Movement leaders in conversation with API youth voices of today.

Event co-sponsors (in alphabetical order):

African American Studies, Asian Studies, Ethnic Studies, Gender & Sexualities, Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity, Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought, Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, Office of Multicultural Student Services, Philippine Studies, Philosophy Department, Politics Department, Theology and Religious Studies Department, University Ministry, USF Center for the Pacific Rim, USF LGBTQ Caucus.

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