Perhaps one of the biggest issues Asian Americans (AAs) have to face is parental expectations. I don’t know what the stats are for AAs, but I’m willing to bet that the average age for marriage among AAs is much higher than the national average. From my observation, academics, career advancement, and financial stability must come first. To pursue marriage while in school or early stages of career development is usually frowned upon even though for many of our parents did the very same thing! Such priorities and expectations take our AA young adults from school to school and city to city which is obviously not conducive towards finding a mate. On top of that, for Christians, there are so few AA churches that serve this demographic.
After a period of time, the parents start bemoaning the fact their kids aren’t married yet without realizing that they are just as culpable. With these pressures and unfair expectations in mind, how do we create and cultivate a community that meets their needs and connects people to one another?
Would it be too easy to say that therefore we need more next generation Asian American churches?