It’s been a busy summer, but with guys like Wayne Park and Daniel (@ Random Platypus), Daniel Eng as well as the prolific Eugene Cho out there blogging about all the things I care about, it’s been great to be more of a reader this season. And think through some things.
In Atlanta recently, there was a conference called Ignite, where I had the chance to lead a workshop on something I’ve been thinking about for a while. Here’s the description I wrote up:
Title: we are what we create: exploring the connections between Asian American identity, creativity and the church
The asian american life so far has been predicated on our ability to succeed, produce and consume. we are the highest-educated, largest wage-earning ethnic demographic in america. but while asian americans are writing bestselling novels, producing and acting in movies, dancing on mtv and crooning ballads on american idol, where do asian american christians come in? why is it that our churches worship and preach like white churches? could there be a connection between our theology and our identity, which would then influence our artistry? david park presents a brief history and asks even more questions to explore together about what is at stake when the asian american church only produces and consumes, but does not bother to create.
Here’s one of Gyun’s pieces but check out the video of her project “5 Days of Wailing and A Meal of Condolence”. It was sublime and powerful…but you may want to read the background before diving in.
The artists really made the workshop and made my argument for creativity come to life, particularly as it relates to the sustainability of Asian American churches.
And below is my PowerPoint presentation for the workshop and below is the same thing in PDF form. Enjoy and let me know if you have any feedback~