how I’m quoted in the Los Angeles Times article

It was delightful to be interviewed by K. Connie Kang for the Los Angeles Times during the past week. Her work in the religion beat is most commendable for raising awareness of the social location within particular ethnic racial contexts. I talked with her by phone for 19 minutes last week, and then in person on Wednesday 9/26 at the occasional pastors luncheon known as “the Gathering.”

The article was published today, Saturday, September 29th, on page B2 of the California local news section (OC edition). The angle of this story was the challenges that 2nd generation pastors faced in doing ministry, aptly titled “Asian American pastors often minister across culture gap” and subtitled “Church leaders raised in the U.S. must navigate a difficult terrain of traditional hierarchies, generational differences and high expectations.”

Quotes that she used from me to close out the article:

In his survey of Asian American churches nationwide, Chuang found just 150 financially independent and autonomous English-speaking congregations out of about 7,000 predominantly Asian churches.

But he is hopeful about the future.

In the last decade, more than 100 English-speaking, Asian-led churches have started across the country, he said.

“The next generation of Asian Americans has the potential to take the best of both worlds — from the American culture that they are raised in and Asian heritage that they bring from their family,” he said. “If we can invest in them, we can do a lot of good for the world.”

LA Times on 2nd gen pastors

You can listen to my presentation and view slides given Wednesday 9/26 and see related resources. Please add a comment below with your reactions, comments, and/or questions. Let’s keep the conversation going!!

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4 Responses

  1. Karyn G. says:

    thanks for posting the presentation!! there were some statistics and things that i wasn’t able to write down, there was so much good information. (and i like data.) as an added bonus, i was able to forward it on to my pastor who couldn’t make it.

    which brings me to something i wanted to mention. our church, and i am guessing others like us, is made up of pastors and leaders who are in the marketplace. so many ministry meetings are during the day, when they are working. i just wanted to put this on the radar screen – more and more of the emerging churches have pastors with day jobs. i’m hoping there is way for us to not be left out of the ministry loop.

  2. djchuang says:

    Karyn, thanks for your comments. For those who are unable to make a particular event due to scheduling for whatever reason, one of the great things is that the World Wide Web enables all of us to stay connected 24/7, and can keep everyone in the ministry loop.

    And, if you can rally together some of those emerging church pastors with day jobs to meetup on an evening or weekend time slot, let me know! It just takes 1 person to call an event and it can happen. It’s that easy. 🙂