Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalm 139:14
We celebrate our AAPI brothers' and sisters' God given identity, ancestry and inheritance.
Remember you are His beloved. You are created with intention, held in grace, precious in His sight.
For those who want to champion and come along side the AAPI community through allyship and understanding we urge you to take action and dive into these resources.
Artwork: Details of “The Last Supper” by Chen Yuandu, published by Cath. University Press. From Henry Luce Foundation/Boston University. Click here for details
Celebrate, explore, heal and learn about the AAPI experience through books, articles, podcasts and more.
- Eugene Cho who wrote: Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World? and Thou Shalt Not Be A Jerk
- America Is In the Heart by Carlos Bulosan
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong
- How to Be an Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
- China Men by Maxine Hong Kingston
- America for Americans and The Making of Asian America by Erika Lee
- The Making of Asian America: A History – Erika Lee
- My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem
- So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
- Strangers from a Different Shore by Ron Takaki
- Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White by Frank Wu
- Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu
- Asian American Dreams by Helen Zia
- Start Here Start Now by Liz Sohyeon Kleinrock
- Healing Resistance by Kazu Haga
- Sit, Walk, Stand by Watchman Nee
- Centering: The Asian American Christian Podcast , Fuller’s Asian + Asian American Christianity podcast
- Erasing Shame, A podcast on the Asian + Asian American experience
- Asian Enough, LA Times podcast interviewing different Asian actors, writers, creatives, and more.
- Self Evident, A podcast that challenges the narratives of where we come from, where we belong, and where we’re going through Asian America’s stories.
- Season 2 of Seeing White, A podcast on the unending racial inequity in schools, housing, criminal justice, and hiring then and now.
Article: 'To Bless My Chinese Self' by Naomi K Lu
I don’t know when the lie became embedded in me. It was mysterious. Subtle. A quiet shadow lingering on the edges of my life. I can’t tell you of the first time I dreamed of having blonde hair and blue eyes. Or why all my barbies had European last names. Or how many times I desperately emphasized to anyone who would listen that I was 75 percent Chinese, but 100 percent American! I was too young to even begin to understand that I was Taiwanese too, not to mention fractions and percentages…
Article: 'What Min Jin Lee Wants Us to See'
Book: 'Sit, Walk, Stand' by Watchman Nee
An inspiring look at Ephesians and the believers association with Christ, the world, and Satan written by Watchman Nee, who is remembered for his leadership of an indigenous church movement in China as well as for his books, which continue to enrich Christians throughout the world.
ANTI ASIAN VIOLENCE RESOURCES
Stories of Affection
At Expression58, AAPI community members put together a gallery in the sanctuary titled, ‘Stories of Affection.’ This is a collection of items, photos, and stories that share the beauty, pain, trials, triumphs, perseverance and uniqueness of the AAPI experience through generations. The gallery celebrates and honors our AAPI brothers’ and sisters’ journeys, heritages, families, cultures, traditions, and above all, God’s affection and love for every single one of His sons and daughters.
It is available to view on Sundays after service until 1:30pm for the month of May. Make sure to check it out!