The Asian-American Journey

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Viewpoint

It is really interesting how CNN is doing a special on the Asian-American Journey on their website.

It is estimated that there are close to 13.5 million people from the Asian descent living in the United States. Asian-Americans go through some unique struggles compared to some of the other major minorities in the States. One thing that I always had a hard time accepting is the fact that Asian-American cannot apply for some scholarships that are designated for minorities. The African-Americans and Latinos have access to them but the Asians do not – go figure.

Asians have been called the “model minority” because of what we were able to achieve. They point to the fact that we came to the States with nothing, but now many have obtained the American Dream. People also applaud how quickly we have assimilated to the American culture, even though some have not perfected the English language.

I was thinking to myself – “what legacy do Asians want to leave in American history?” It is my prayer that we will not be known for achieving the American Dream. In fact, sometimes all the pressure of achieving the American Dream has caused a lot of depression and stress for Asians. CNN wrote an article about how there is a link between Asian-American women who are pushed to achieve and suicide.

I pray that the Christians, who are from the Asian descent will be able to leave a legacy of loving God and loving people by doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly before God (Micah 6:7).

Retreats and Conferences in May

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

The worship team and I will be heading out to a Chinese Christian Union Church (CCUC) college retreat starting tomorrow. One of the encouraging things about working on a college campus is being connected to so many people. Once students graduate and go to various places around the world, there is an instant network that is formed.

One of our previous members in HMCC invited us to come and minister in their church. The mother church of CCUC was started back in 1903 and it is located right in the heart of Chinatown in Chicago. It is a great privilege to be a part of this church’s history.

It is going to be an awesome time of building relationships and challenging students to live sold out lives for the Gospel.

Then on Monday, Pastor Andrew and I will be heading out to Dallas for a conference. I was invited to a gathering of Asian-American pastors who are leading multi-ethnic church. It is sponsored by Leadership Network and L2 Foundation. It’s going to be a blast connecting with innovators and church leaders from around the States. I can’t wait to share about some of the lessons learned from my experience in Dallas.