1) Following Jesus Without Dishonoring Your Parents
Written by the powerful Asian-American team of Jeanette Yep, Peter Cha, Paul Tokunaga, Greg Jao, and Susan Cho Van Riesen Following Jesus Without Dishonoring Your Parents shares wise, “been there, done that” counsel on issues like the myth of the model minority; racial reconciliation and spirituality and church experiences for Asian-Americans. This is an excellent book for 1st generation Asian-American Christians who need help relating to their non-Christian parents.
2) Invitation to Lead: Guidance for Emerging Asian American Leaders
Paul Tokunaga – vice president and director of strategic ministries for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA – offers lessons from his own life in Invitation to Lead: Guidance for Emerging Asian American Leaders. If you are not Asian-American you will still find Tokunaga’s insight into Asian-American culture helpful and applicable to any ethnic group. A relevant book from a biblical perspective.
3) MultiAsian.Church: A Future for Asian Americans in a Multiethnic World
Strategy consultant DJ Chuang offers MultiAsian.Church: A Future for Asian Americans in a Multiethnic World – a valuable guide for ministry by Asian-Americans and for Asian-Americans. Chuang covers many helpful topics (history, demographics, church models, leadership, etc.) and casts a vision for what Asian-Americans churches and leaders can do as our nation becomes more diverse.
4) Racial Conflict and Healing: An Asian-American Theological Perspective
Racial Conflict and Healing: An Asian-American Theological Perspective comes from Korean theologian Andrew Sung Park. It was written in the wake of the L.A. riots and in it, Park (using an academic approach) seeks a theological model that will help transform a society of oppression, injustice, and violence into one of equity, fairness, and respect.
5) Out of Silence: Emerging Themes in Asian American Churches
Fumitaka Matsuoka’s Out of Silence: Emerging Themes in Asian American Churches looks at the relationship between Christianity and Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, and Korean Asian-Americans. This book, written in 2009 and published by Wipf & Stock, is excellent in opening up doors for communication and understanding.