In this multimedia seminar, Epic Leadership Development team members Adrian and Jenny Pei cover some of the basics of Asian American identity, history, perception, issues, and ministry. This resource can be a starting point for non-Asian Americans to learn more about culture and ethnic ministry, or for Asian Americans to understand their story and background more deeply.
Part One: “Entering Into Our Story”
Learn about Adrian and Jenny’s cultural and family history, and how that shapes their identity.
- Where are your parents from? Did you travel much in your childhood, and if so, where? How did this impact who you are today?
- How would you describe your culture to somebody different from you? What makes your culture unique and distinct?
Part 2: “Demystifying Asian American Culture”
What Asian Americans aren’t, and are. Exploring misconceptions, stereotypes, and values of Asian American culture.
- What are some stereotypes you frequently see of your culture in the media? What kind of impact do they have on you?
- How would you define what it means to be bicultural? How does that shape a person’s experience of the world?
Understanding the unique history of Asian Americans that shapes the challenges in ethnic ministry today.
- When you think about the past 100 years of culture’s history, what are the top 3 events or images that come to mind? How have those been significant in shaping your culture’s experience today?
- What do you think is the biggest challenge facing your culture, in your generation?
Part 4: “Value of Asian American Ministry”
The unique value and opportunity of Asian American ministry.
- How might the gospel bring healing and redemption to the biggest challenges of your culture? How have you seen this in your life, or in others’ stories?
- When you consider your cultural identity, what unique qualities might allow you to minister even more effectively than if you were culturally unaware?
Here’s the full video: