Item description for Following Jesus Without Dishonoring Your Parents: Asian American Discipleship by Jeanette Yep, Peter Cha & Susan Cho Van Riesen...
Overview These are some of the hopes of our Asian parents. Knowing that our parents have sacrificed for us, we want to honor their wishes. But we also want to serve Jesus, and sometimes that can seem to conflict with family expectations. Discovering our Asian identity in the midst of Western culture means learning to bridge these conflicting values. This book can serve as our guide along the way as we explore our parents' ways of loving us vocations that show respect for our parents and allow us to serve God the "model minority" myth and performance pressures marriage, singleness, and being male and female racial reconciliation spirituality and church experiences unique gifts Asians bring to Western culture
Publishers Description Go to the right school. Become a doctor or a lawyer. Marry a nice Asian. These are some of the hopes of our Asian parents. Knowing that our parents have sacrificed for us, we want to honor their wishes. But we also want to serve Jesus, and sometimes that can seem to conflict with family expectations. Discovering our Asian identity in the midst of Western culture means learning to bridge these and other conflicting values. We need wise counsel on our parents' ways of loving us vocations that show respect for our parents and allow us to serve God the "model minority" myth and performance pressures marriage, singleness, and being male and female racial reconciliation spirituality and church experiences unique gifts Asians bring to Western culture This book, written by a team of Asian American student ministry workers who have been there, can serve as our guide on a difficult journey. The authors represent a variety of perspectives, including the immigrant experience of a Korean man, a third-generation Japanese-American's understanding of his parents' experience in the internment camps during World War II, and a Chinese American woman's struggle to communicate with her parents. Their accounts of humorous, frusrating and heartbreaking personal experiences (as well as stories from other Asian American students and adults) offer support and encouragement. And their ideas for living out the Christian faith between two cultures show us the way to wholeness.
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More About Jeanette Yep, Peter Cha & Susan Cho Van Riesen
Jeanette Yep, an American-born Chinese, served as coordinator for Following Jesus Without Dishonoring Your Parents. She was an InterVarsity Christian Fellowship student leader at Mount Holyoke College. After graduation she spent a year studying Chinese language and culture in Taiwan. Recently she received an M.A. in communications from Northwestern University. Now in her twenty-first year on IV staff, she is a divisional director, based in Chicago. She is affectionately known by Urbana Student Mission Convention delegates as "Auntie Jeanette." She serves as a special director of staff training and development, working with student movements around the world.
Reviews - What do customers think about Following Jesus Without Dishonoring Your Parents: Asian American Discipleship?
Great book to explain the trouble of living in 2 cultures May 9, 2002
I'm a Caucasian pastor whom God called to minister to and worship with the Asian American community, mainly ages 18-30. Since I didn't grow up inside the Asian culture, I was ignorant to many of the struggles that Asian Americans go through. Thank God for this book! This book examines many of the issues that Asian Americans face, including the Asian work ethic, marriage, the struggle with Asian parents while living in western culture, among the many. While the authors may not have quoted from lots of scripture, they still did an accurate job of letting you inside their hearts, minds, and souls. And they did it from a Christian point of view. Anyone who is a serious Christian can see their Christianity shining through as they share thier lives. So they did honor Christ by sharing themselves, as John 14:6 commands us to do. For me, this book was certainly an eye-opener. While this book may not be a "how to" in terms of how Asian Americans should deal with things, it provides a decent framework for looking at things and sorting things out. In short, it provides a good starting point for the journey. I recommend this book to all Asian Americans and to those who, like myself, minister to and worship with them. As I said when I started out, thank God for this book.
Good and Not Good Mar 28, 2002
The authors made many good points about American and Asian Cultural clashes. They described personal experiences they had. Reading this book made me aware I was not alone in struggling with similar situations. However, since each of them had pastoral experience, I was disappointed with the authors not talking about how each situation Jesus would have dealt with it. I felt they were talking about themselves and not thinking, applying, and teaching Christ's truth to us. After all, the book was titled "Following Jesus... Discipleship." What does it mean to follow Jesus? How do we follow Christ without dishonoring our parents? What are some of the principles God gave us for young men and women?
Lastly, the book does not much talk about the prayer. During these difficult circumstances they were in, did they not pray to God for help?
A must read for Asian-American Christians Dec 22, 2000
This was an extremely insightful book which examined the ways that elements in Asian, Confusian-based cultures clash with elements in the American culture. Furthermore, the authors presented ways in which these conflicts could be worked out.
One strength of this book is its authencity. It was written by Asian-Americans who used examples from their own lives to illustrate concepts. I was able to relate to many experiences which the authors described.
Another strength was that this book presented the issues in a mature and non-accusatory manner. Although strong emotions may have surrounded the issues discussed, the authors did not use this book as an opportunity to lash out, but rather explained the problem in a humble manner.