Perspectives on Asian American Identity Shared, More Discussion & Action Considered
Twenty-seven people attended a Building the Beloved Community discussion of United, an essay from Cathy Park Hong’s collection entitled Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning. The essay touched on topics including racial bias, racial self-hatred, psychology, and the experiences of first and second generation immigrants in American culture. The essay, which focuses on Hong’s experiences and perspectives as a Korean American woman, opened opportunities for Asian American members of the congregation to share experiences and perspectives related to their own identities, revealing tender moments of disappointment, shame, anger and hopefulness.
The discussion group was originally intended to be a one-time event. However, enthusiasm for the topic and a desire to address White Supremacy and Anti-Racism, both at First Church and elsewhere, have the organizers looking for a suitable way to continue the conversation, and choose a response. Kerry Sherman will be organizing the next event.
If you would like to be a part of the next meeting of this Building the Beloved Community discussion group, contact Kerry Sherman, Suzie Inadomi, or Pastor Matt.