The Asian American journey can take many directions. It’s my sense that more of them than not do seem to follow along a fairly predictable narrative, even from generation to generation.
My dear friend, Brent Wong, is a 5th-generation Asian American of Chinese descent. I sat down with him to hear his story, and he was so kind and vulnerable enough to share this snapshot of his story of discovering how his Asianness is so closely connected his Christian faith journey. Watch the video below:
(aside: you can also watch the extended version of the above video in HD and an intro that’s 79 seconds longer.)
What do you think?
Let me say 3 things before the comment thread takes this in too many directions. Not every single Asian Americans, even 2nd generation, or even 1st, will be concerned about their Asian heritage, or in later generations. 2ndly, the influences of Asian culture upon spiritual formation isn’t exclusively Asian, and there are non-Asian families where a child is not affirmed and communication is not strong. 3rdly, Asian Ameircanness doesn’t drop off to 0% by the 3rd generation, as some of people suggest, nor is a 2nd generation Asian American = 50% Asian + 50% American. Okay, time for me to pause.
And, Brent, THANK YOU for being my friend, and sharing your life with others, so that we may all experience a more abundant life in Christ.