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ISAAC’s 5th Symposium

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ISAAC’s 5th Symposium revisits the theme of “Healing of Memories.” In addition to psychological wounds, we also address an unspoken voice of the church and seminaries – finances. When we discuss money, heated emotions erupt from wounded memories that block us psychologically and financially. By unmasking them, we can find inner healing by reframing them in the light of God’s abundant love and become better stewards of our body, mind, and finances.

FORMAT: Panel discussions and workshops exploring: 1. The healing of memories and relationships 2. The healing of memories and finances. In addition, we will attend to the creative movement of our bodies, acknowledging the body as a storyteller for unspoken voices.

LEGACY LUNCHEON: We will honor the pioneer Japanese American pastoral theologian, Bishop Roy I. Sano. Bishop Sano has been a bridge between church and academy. His legacy has reached countless Asian American spiritual leaders.

Early Bird Registration is now available. $50 for general admission. $30 for students.

REGISTER FOR SYMPOSIUM V HERE

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Report on SBL Meeting, 11/21/10, Atlanta, GA

The Society of Biblical Literature holds an annual convention for professors of Bible and graduate students in Scripture.  At the recent meeting in Atlanta, GA (November 20-23) ISAAC scheduled an Additional Meeting to preview SANACS Journal issue #3 and to introduce some of our other publications.  ISAAC was represented by Dr. Andrew Lee, East Region Director, and by Dr. Russell Moy, Board chair.

An abstract from Dr. Uriah Kim’s essay, “Reading David from Asian American Context,” was shared as Dr. Kim was unable to attend SBL this year.  His thesis is that David was able to cross boundaries and forge alliances in part due to his own biracial background.  Kim then offers insights into boundaries and the possibilities of Asian American hybridity.

Dr. Bo Lim, who teaches Old Testament at Seattle Pacific University, introduced his essay on “In Search of a Narrative: The (Post-)Exile for Asian American Biblical Interpretation and Theology.”  He proposed the themes of exile and diaspora to organize an Asian American narrative.  Using an expanded concept of exile, Lim analyzed passages from Isaiah and Ezra-Nehemiah and applied them to the experience of the Korean American church.

Dr. Chloe Sun (Logos Evangelical Seminary) briefly introduced Mirrored Reflections: Reframing Biblical Characters, which she co-edited with Dr. Young Lee Hertig, director of ISAAC Southern CA.  The stories of women in the Bible are intertwined with personal anecdotes from the lives of the Asian American women writers.  Chloe had the opportunity to sign the books that were purchased by the attendees.

New friendships were made through the meeting with guests coming from as far away as Hawaii and as close as Atlanta.  For at least one person, it was his first encounter with Asian American issues in an academic setting and he quickly procured all the items on the book table so that he could continue reading in this field.

– Andrew Lee, reporting

SANACS 2010.1 Journal now available!

SANACS Journal 2010

The Society of Asian North American Christian Studies Journal #2 (a jury reviewed academic journal). This issue contains papers presented at the ISAAC Southern California “Asian American Equipping Symposium” held at Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA) Nov. 2-3, 2009.

Non-members may order a hard copy or digital download of the latest SANACS Journal at the ISAAC website Publications link.

Print: $15.00
Download: $10.00

Asian American Sessions at the Society of Christian Ethics Meeting (Jan. 7-10, 2010) from Dr. Grace Kao

Asian American sessions to be held at the Society of Christian Ethics Annual Meeting (Jan. 7-10, 2010) in San Jose, California. Read message from Dr. Grace Kao of Claremont School of Theology.

See entire post at the ISAAC Blog: http://wp.me/p7DTu-5L

Asian American Christianity Reader – now available!!

The Asian American Christianity Reader is now available – follow these links for more information and to purchase on-line:

Reader website: http://aacreader.com

ISAAC Blog: http://isaacblog.wordpress.com/2009/08/24/asian-american-christianity-reader-now-available/

Opportunity to Support Research at University of Texas, Austin

Dr. Eun-Ok Im is conducting an Internet survey study on the physical activity attitudes among diverse ethnic groups of American middle-aged women (40-60 Y/O).

We are inviting you to help us announce this study.  This is simple, please post the following link (http://mapa.nur.utexas.edu) on your website, announce the study through your newsletter, or forward it to your members. We strongly believe that women in your organization will benefit from participation in our study.  With more participation, we can make our data more complete.  Besides, women’s opinions and experiences are very imperative and cannot be neglected.

Each participant will be rewarded with a $10 gift card for the Internet survey and a $50 gift card for the online forum discussion (6 months).

The survey will begin by asking you a series of eligibility questions. If the study has filled our sampling quota for an individual with your characteristics you will receive a kind message that states so.  Upon completion of the survey, you will be invited to join the optional online forum discussion.  Sorry, but we are unable to translate the survey into any other language except English, hopefully this does not discourage anyone.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about our study. Thank you so much for considering this study. Have a great day!

Cindy Tsai
Research Assistant
School of Nursing
University of Texas at Austin
1700 Red River
Austin, TX 78701
E-mail Cindy Tsai

Religion and Theology in Asian America: An ISAAC Lecture Series

ISAAC is delighted to announce the inauguration of “Religion and Theology in Asian America” (RTAA) lectureship in 2009. ISAAC, in partnership with colleges, universities and seminaries across North America, will sponsor talks by scholars and practitioners who specialize in Asian American Religion and Theology (with special attention to Christianity). We are in conversation with U.C. Berkeley, University of San Francisco, and Fuller Theological Seminary about hosting at least three lectures in 2009.

The Society of Asian North American Christian Studies (SANACS) steering committee oversees and recruits speakers for the RTAA lectures. The members of the steering committee are:

Dr. Russell Jeung
Associate Professor of Asian American Studies
College of Ethnic Studies
San Francisco State University
San Francisco, California

Dr. Rebecca Y. Kim
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Pepperdine University
Malibu, California

Dr. Jonathan Tan
Assistant Professor of Minorities’ Studies and World Religions
Xavier University
Cincinnati, Ohio

Dr. Timothy Tseng
Executive Director
Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity
Castro Valley, California

Dr. Russell Yee
Managing Editor
SANACS Journal
Oakland, California

For our “speakers pool,” we are interested in identifying scholars or practitioners who can address a wide range of issues that intersect with the experiences of Asian Christians in North America (e.g, the civic engagement practices of Asian American Catholics, Protestants, and evangelicals; trans-national and diasporic aspects of religion and theology in Asia America; the impact of the North American context on ethnic Asian spirituality and religious practices; reflections on the intersections or disconnections between the study of race, gender, politics, and religion in Asian American studies; etc.).

ISAAC also seeks donors who would like to make these lectures more widely available. We estimate a budget of $5,000 for each lecture. You may direct your gifts to this lecture – go to isaacweb.org for more information or to make an on-line gift.

If you represent an educational institution that is interested in hosting a lecture, if you are interested in becoming a member of the “speakers pool,” or if you are interested in contributing to the lectures, please email Tim Tseng for details.