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Racial Conflict and Healing: An Asian-American Theological Perspective

Racial Conflict and Healing: An Asian-American Theological Perspective

by Andrew Sung Park
     
 

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A Korean theologian approaches the issue of racial conflict-including discrimination between minority communities-and constructs a "theology of seeing" that aims to heal the ruptures of racism. As ethnic tensions continue to simmer and occasionally erupt, immigration and affirmative action laws are hotly debated in every ethnic minority: African Americans,

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A Korean theologian approaches the issue of racial conflict-including discrimination between minority communities-and constructs a "theology of seeing" that aims to heal the ruptures of racism. As ethnic tensions continue to simmer and occasionally erupt, immigration and affirmative action laws are hotly debated in every ethnic minority: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans-even Asian Americans (the so-called "model minority") struggle in the racially-charged atmosphere of contemporary America.

In the aftermath of the Los Angeles riots of 1992 and the ensuing violence against Korean Americans, Andrew Sung Park seeks a theological model that will help transform a society of oppression, injustice, and violence into a community of equity, fairness, and mutual consideration. Park emphasizes that such a transformation does not and cannot begin only with good intentions, but must be grounded in an understanding of all the socio-economic and cultural issues that lead to oppression and tension. Using the Korean term han to describe the deep-seated suffering, of racial oppression, he then suggests resources for understanding and healing in both Christian and Asian traditions.

Part I of Racial Conflict and Healing describes the status quo from a Korean American perspective, including discrimination against ethnic minorities and the discrimination they inflict on one another. In Parts II and III, Park suggests that American society as a whole needs a superordinate vision to form a unified community. Park argues that our profoundly individualistic society must learn to understand an idea of "self" that is formed through relationship with others. Finally, in Part IV, he presents a theological model, a "theology of seeing," as a way to genuinely understand the "other" and to promote healing within our society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608990498
Publisher:
Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date:
12/01/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Sung Park is a Korean theologian who is a professor of theology at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He is the author of The Wounded Heart of God: The Asian Concept of Han and the Christian Doctrine of Sin.

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