I’ve been working on hammering out these ideas of correlating Asian American identity and worship. And it’s been really comforting to know that I’m not the only one (hope to meet you someday soon, Courtney :)).
I got asked to present some of my thoughts at the TransGeneration (TG) Conference this August and had a great time. The idea of intentionally pushing the art form of worship to help shape identity was helped when I heard Shane Hipps quote Marshall McLuhan at the recent Poets.Prophets.Preachers seminar:
“We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us.”
And it has become more clear to me that while the identity crisis that we face in the Asian American Christian community seems fairly innocuous now, I believe dire consequences such as the propensity for suicide, depression, alcohol abuse comes from this self-hatred and self-denial (i.e. lack of identity). In other words, it seems silly to make the case that worship (not just musical forms) matter so much, but that’s just the tip of the iceburg. And if we could address it in the one venue that dares to claim that people can truly be themselves and be healed, redeemed, and even saved from their past and to their future, wouldn’t that be good news? In any case, I welcome your feedback and comments.
Here is the audio recording of my presentation and the ensuing conversation and below are my presentation slides. Enjoy.