ISAAC at the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature meetings


ISAAC and the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity at Calvin College are co-sponsoring a reception at the upcoming American Academy of Religion / Society of Biblical Literature Meeting in San Diego this November 17-20. Come and join us as ISAAC launches the Society of Asian North American Christian Studies!

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 17th, 9-11 PM

WHERE: San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina, Manchester 2


AAR/SBL Sessions with Asian American Themes
The Evangelical Theological Society, which meets before the AAR/SBL, also has sessions with Asian or Asian American themes – scroll down to view these.

S17-103: Asian and Asian-American Hermeneutics
Saturday, 11/17/2007
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Betsy C – GH

Theme: Panel Review of Uriah Kim, Decolonizing Josiah: Toward a Postcolonial Reading of the Deuteronomisitc History (Sheffield Phoenix, 2006)

Seung-Ai Yang, University of Saint Thomas, Presiding

Gina Hens-Piazza, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, Panelist
Frank Yamada, Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Panelist
Niels Lemche, University of Copenhagen, Panelist
Jane Iwamura, University of Southern California, Panelist
Uriah Kim, Hartford Seminary, Respondent


S18-51: Asian and Asian-American Hermeneutics
Sunday, 11/18/2007
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Edward A – GH

Theme: Asian and Asian American Hermeneutics: Interpreting the Text

Uriah Kim, Hartford Seminary, Presiding

Chloe Sun, Logos Evangelical Seminary
From Margin to Center: Joseph’s Navigation and Negotiation of His Own Identity and Its Implications for Asian American Identity (30 min)

Janette Ok, Princeton Theological Seminary
The Necessity and Glory of Suffering in Romans 5:1-5: A Korean American Hermeneutic of (30 min)

Moa Imchen, Graduate Theological Union
An Ecological Reading of Psalm 8 with New Eyes through Naga Creation Myth (30 min)


A17-308: Women and Religion Section and Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society Group
Saturday, 11/17/07
4:00 pm-6:30 pm
Room: CC-30B

Theme: Off the Menu: Asian and Asian North American Women’s Religion and Theology

Rita Nakashima Brock, Faith Voices for the Common Good, Presiding

Kwok Pui Lan, Episcopal Divinity School
Rachel A. R. Bundang, Santa Clara University
Katie G. Cannon, Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education
Tat-siong Benny Liew, Pacific School of Religion


A18-262: Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society Group
Sunday, 11/18/07
3:00 pm-4:30 pm
Room: GH-Edward D

Theme: Negotiating Postcolonialism/Postcoloniality

Anne Joh, Phillips Theological Seminary, Presiding

Jane Wei-Jen Liang, Drew University
Boyung Lee, Pacific School of Religion
Nami Kim, Spelman College


Rudy V. Busto, University of California, Santa Barbara

Business Meeting:

Anne Joh, Phillips Theological Seminary, Presiding
Su Yon Pak, Union Theological Seminary, New York, Presiding


S18-103: Asian and Asian-American Hermeneutics
Sunday, 11/18/2007
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Del Mar – MM

Theme: Theory and Practice

Jeffrey Kuan, Pacific School of Religion, Presiding

Rajkumar Boaz Johnson, North Park University Theological Seminary
Use of the Old Testament in Indian Christian Theology with Focus on Some Recent Trends (30 min)

Surekha John Nelavala, Drew University
Autobiography as a Method and Motif: Towards Dalit Feminist Hermeneutics (30 min)

Thanh V. Nguyen, Catholic Theological Union
Reading “The Friend at Midnight” (Luke 11:5-8) from an Asian Perspective (30 min)


A19-105: Ethics Section and Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society Group and Latina/o Religion, Culture, and Society Group
Monday, 11/19/07
9:00 am-11:30 am
Room: CC-25B

Theme: Native, Immigrant, or Refugee? Cultural Identity in a Shifting Environment

Carmen Marie Nanko-Fernandez, Catholic Theological Union, Presiding

K. Christine Pae, Union Theological Seminary, New York
Making Post-colonial Christian Social Ethics in the Clash of Masculinities: Women’s Migration and Military Prostitution in South Korea

Fred Glennon, Le Moyne College
Wanted but Not Welcome: An Ethical Analysis and Comparison of the Labor Abuses Generated by China’s Hukou System of Internal Migration and the US “Guest Worker” Program

Kristi Laughlin, Graduate Theological Union
Latino Popular Catholicism: Shaping the Moral Vision and Ethos of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers

Jessica Wrobleski, Yale University
Borders of Hospitality: Christian Responses to Immigration


Otto A. Maduro, Drew University


A19-106: Philosophy of Religion Section
Monday, 11/19/07
9:00 am-11:30 am
Room CC-28B

Theme: Author Meets Critics: David Kyuman Kim, Melancholic Freedom: Agency and the Spirit of Politics

Rudy V. Busto, University of California, Santa Barbara, Presiding


Judith Butler, University of California, Berkeley
Tavis Smiley, The Smiley Group, Inc.
Cornel West, Princeton University


David Kyuman Kim, Connecticut College

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Asian and Asian American themes at the 59th Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society – November 14-16, 2007 (Wed.-Fri.) at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108. Thank you Steve Hu for alerting us to these sessions!

Wednesday, November 14
Pacific Salon Four
Asian Christian Thought
Moderator: Edwin Yamauchi (Miami University of Ohio)

9:20-10:00 a.m.
Sang-Hoon Kim (Chongshin Theological Seminary)
Simple Syntactical Arrangement of the Korean Version of the Bible and Its Practical Usages for the Korean Church

10:10-10:50 a.m.
Dale W. Little (Japan Bible Seminary and Tokyo Christian University)
Doing Cross-Cultural Evangelical Theology in Japan: Theological and Phenomenological Observations

11:00-11:40 a.m.
David Eung-Yul Ryoo (Chongshin Theological Seminary)
Hyungnong Park and His Preaching

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Wednesday, November 14
Pacific Salon Two
Asian-American Christian Thought
Moderator: Dongsu Kim (Nyack College)

2:30-3:10 p.m.
Benjamin Shin (Biola University)
Obstacles to Obedience

3:20-4:00 p.m.
Sheryl Takagi Silzer (Wycliffe Bible Translators)
Dutiful Obedience: Confucian Legacy for Asian Christians

4:10-4:50 p.m.
Sung Wook Chung (Denver Theological Seminary)
Korean/Korean-American Evangelical Theology and Spirituality: Its Contribution to the Diversity and Unity of Evangelical Tradition

5:00-5:40 p.m.
Jinkyu Kim (The First Korean Church of Brooklyn)
Challenging the Accepted Western Hermeneutics: Is There an Original, Historical Referent in Biblical Prophecy?

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