People saw my Chinese face and heard my Texas drawl. They travel as adults to the Mississippi Delta with their father, Charles Chiu, after learning that their grandfather, K. Lou, was buried in a small town along the river. They connect with locals who share stories and pictures of K. Many of us have learned key details of family history as adults.
God sees all people, even when humanity does not
What does the Bible say about race?
I n a short span this year, we went from being Crazy Rich Asians—the model minority—to Crazy Infected Asians: disease carriers, national security threats, and perpetual foreigners. Throughout US history, Asian Americans have been met with interpersonal violence and racist policies during periods of epidemic, economic downturn, or war. At this moment, we are living through all three, each fomenting racism: the global COVID pandemic, the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, and a looming Cold War with China. Recognizing these historical patterns, in mid-March I helped launch the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center with two community organizations to document this current spate of racism.
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The film has been nominated for best picture in the upcoming Oscars on April It is both exciting and painful to see the rise of Asian-American representation in media and film. The shootings in Atlanta on March 16 have been a watershed moment in bringing the history of our invisibility into the wider public conversation. Since then, more and more of our Asian-American sisters have boldly begun to raise their voice and acknowledge that despite this invisibility, they will no longer be silent. We have a long way to go to reach the equality that is at the essence of the family of God.
Any serious biblical study of race or ethnicity should start in Genesis 1. The Bible does not start off with the creation of a special or privileged race of people. Their own particular ethnicity is not even mentioned, for the Bible seems to stress that they are the mother and father of all peoples of all ethnicities.