Archive for August 24, 2009

Asian American Christianity Reader – now available!

August 24, 2009 1 comment

aacreader_cover_400I’m delighted to announce that the Asian American Christianity Reader has been published! As a joint project with Pacific Asian American and Canadian Christian Education (PAACCE) we believe that both scholars and church leaders will benefit from the Reader. Whether you are a theological educator, a pastor, a college professor, or para-church staff member, this Reader will be useful introduction to Asian American Christianity.


This textbook is an interdisciplinary collection of scholarly and religious articles about Asian American Christianity, past and present. Its four sections – contexts, sites, identity, and voices – offer in-depth understanding of both Catholic and Protestant traditions, practices, theologies, and faith communities. It also highlights diversity and complexity across lines of gender, generation, denomination, race and ethnicity in Asian American Christianity. Both scholarly and accessible, the essays in this reader will be useful teaching resources for educators and church leaders.

What some people are saying about the Reader:

Mark Noll of the University of Notre Dame calls it “a real boon for understanding contemporary American religious life.”

Andrew Sung Park of United Theological Seminary says “this ReaderĀ  is informative, inspiring, transformative, and indispensable.”

Jung Ha Kim of Georgia State University says “I strongly recommend this reader for anyone who wants to understand the dynamic process of (re)making religion in the United States.”

Amos Yong of Regent University School of Divinity says “Students and scholars will learn a great deal, and no theological library should go without it.”

Charles J. Lee, Lead Pastor of Acts Fellowship Church in Austin, Texas calls it “a wonderful resource! a tremendous collection of articles that will help anyone to better understand the nuances of ministering to the Asian American population. It gives great insights into a wide range of issues and topics. Great job!!!”

Anselm Min of Claremont Graduate University notes that “Non-Asian American theologians and pastors in North America as well as the white leadership in the North American churches will also find valuable resources of information about what is going on in Asian Christian communities. I recommend it with great enthusiasm.”

Joel Carpenter, Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity, Calvin College believes that “it belongs on many a scholar’s desk and in any library that supports religious studies.”

The Reader is 352 pages and costs $28.00. Go to for more information.

Order your copy today!

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Please note: ISAAC will send a complimentary copy of the Reader to donors who give or have contributed at least $500 since the summer of 2008.


Timothy Tseng
Executive Director, ISAAC

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ISAAC Fall Calendar
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  • Sept. 12: Fund-raising banquet in Pasadena, CA. to support the Asian American Equipping Symposium to be held at Fuller Theological Seminary in November. Contact Young Lee Hertig.
  • Sept. 21-22: Bay Area Asian American English ministries Pastors retreat – co-sponsored with The Leadership Connection. Contact Johnson Chiu.
  • Sept. 23: ISAAC-co-sponsored lecture at U.C. Berkeley. Dr. Fenggang Yang will talk about Religious Policies in the People’s Republic of China. Dr. Yang is the author of Chinese Christians in America: Conversion, Assimilation, and Adhesive Identities (Penn State University Press 1999), co-editor (with Tony Carnes) of Asian American Religions: The Making and Remaking of Borders and Boundaries (New York University Press 2004), and co-editor (with Joseph B. Tamney) of State, Market, and Religions in Chinese Societies (Brill Academic Publishers 2005). This lecture is co-sponsored by U.C. Berkeley’s Religion, Politics, and Globalization Program, Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Chinese Studies, and Department of Sociology. Contact Tim Tseng.
  • Sept. 24: ISAAC Research Seminar featuring Dr. Fenggang Yang and local researchers in Berkeley, CA. Contact James Chuck.
  • Oct. 21: ISAAC-co-sponsored panel at U.C. Berkeley: Filipino Faith: The Role of Religion in Diasporic Communities in America and Beyond featuring:
    -Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III, Associate Professor of Politics; Director of the Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program, University of San Francisco and author of Filipino American
    Faith in Action
    (New York University Press) and Religion on the Corner of Bliss and Nirvana (Duke University Press).
    -Benjamin Pimentel, Author of Pareng Barack: Filipinos in Obama’s America; former reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle
    Co-sponsored by U.C. Berkeley’s Religion, Politics, and Globalization Program. Contact Tim Tseng.
  • Nov. 2-3: Asian American Equipping Symposium featuring Dr. Jonathan Tran, Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics at Baylor University, and local pastors and scholars. Co-sponsored by Fuller Theological Seminary. Contact Young Lee Hertig.