Archive for August, 2012

peace fellowship / pastor peter chin

I visited the church plant that he pastored, Riverside, for a few weeks last year before it folded. They have a pretty amazing story–and now 4 children!

(A little meta update: PChin re: being written about in the Post.)

cultural empathy (reposted from another jp, joyce pan!)

But for C-Level leaders in global organizations, one single characteristic — “sensitivity to culture” (so-called “cultural empathy”) — ranks at the very top of the requirement list. This rare quality can’t be “taught,” or injected simply by working in an overseas office.

Cultural empathy requires a degree of egolessness, because you have to surrender the notion that your country, or language, or point of view is best. Cultural empathy means that you have to not just see through the eyes of someone who is different, but you have to think through that person’s brain. True cultural empathy springs from personality, early nurturing, curiosity, and appreciation of diversity.


There are also multiple Asian migratory streams in the region, where most Asian adults are immigrants. In Los Angeles County, 68.1 percent of the Asian population was foreign-born in 2010. Within the County, most come from countries in East Asia (42.7 percent) and Southeast Asia (40.0 percent), followed by South Asians (17.3 percent).

But contrary to popular perception, the most frequent country of origin is in Southeast Asia, not East Asia. That would be the Philippines, which accounts for 23.a percent of Asian immigrants, followed by Korea (15.9 percent), China (13.1 percent), and Vietnam (9.4 percent). That differs somewhat from the national pattern, for which the Philippines (17.7 percent), India (17.1 percent), China (14.8 percent), and Vietnam (11.9 percent) were the top four sending countries for foreign-born Asians.

(Interesting to me, even though San Marino is half Asian, it doesn’t “feel” like an ethnoburb at all in terms of small businesses–it’s basically a White suburb with…lots of Asian people. So it’s a place where really successful small business owners might live, but not where they actually operate their small businesses, some of which are actually…quite big.)

(Something else about San Marino is that its main streets are luxuriously wide, which always makes me think of this episode of Seinfeld:

penn state

sleep and race

the book is IN

76,404 words

242 pages with references, 225 without (thank heavens–original dissertation was 400+)

8 chapters, +intro and conclusion chapters

16 months of fieldwork (2006-2008)

60 interviews

16 years of the IVCF story (approx 1992 to 2008)

6 people in my family at start of fieldwork, now we are 10

6 friends who read the ENTIRE manuscript and gave feedback

$12.15 to mail to new jersey

1 extremely happy and relieved assistant professor

not the way it’s supposed to be

Nine incidents of anti-Sikh or anti-Muslim violence/vandalism in less than 2 weeks. Reposting JZP’s reflections:

Reading Jerry’s post makes me think of the Korean American immigrant congregation that I grew up attending, which was smack plop in the middle of a working-class White neighborhood in southwestern Ohio. How strange we must have looked to them, especially in the 80s. Remember moments of both tension and warmth during those years re: the relationship of the congregation and the neighborhood.

It’s hard to pass through a KA congregation without accumulating some sort of Korean-church-baggage. I remember my childhood community as a (mostly) happy place with a lot of warmth, somewhere I could see my parents be in their own skin. Most of all, I remember it being a safe place–a place with massive intergenerational closure (your parents knowing your friends/your friends’ parents/everyone’s business*) where we played for hours unsupervised in the nearby creek, running in for a snack or mixing our own Kool-Aid/Tang from the never-ending stash in the kitchen. So my heart breaks especially for the children in these communities, whose sense of safety and security has been shaken in a way that never should be.

*For better or for worse