Asian American Christian Ethics: Voices, Methods, Issues

Asian American Christian Ethics: Voices, Methods, Issues

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This groundbreaking volume presents the collective work of twelve Christian ethicists of Asian descent in the U.S. who map the new and burgeoning field of study located at the juncture of Christian ethics and Asian American studies. Led by Grace Kao and Ilsup Ahn, these scholars identify the purposes and chart the contours of what constitutes a distinctly Asian American Christian ethical approach to moral concerns.

Asian American Christian Ethics rethinks perennial issues in Christian ethics (war and peace, family/marriage/parenting, gender and sexuality, economics and wealth, virtue ethics), pressing social matters (race relations, immigration, healthcare, the environment), and issues of special interest to Asian Americans (education, labor, plastic surgery). Each chapter utilizes classical Christian sources read from the particular vantage point of Asian American Christian theology, ethics, and culture. Beginning with a description of the range of Christian responses to the issue, each author describes and enacts a constructive proposal for an Asian American Christian ethical response. An ideal volume for researchers, teachers, and students alike, Asian American Christian Ethics articulates the foundations, questions, and goals of this vibrant and flourishing field of study.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481301763
Publisher: Baylor University Press
Publication date: 05/16/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 367
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Grace Y. Kao is Associate Professor of Ethics at Claremont School of Theology; Co-Director of the Center for Sexuality, Gender, and Religion at Claremont School of Theology; and Affiliated Faculty at Claremont Graduate University.
Ilsup Ahn is Carl I. Lindberg Professor of Philosophy at North Park University and Carnegie Council Global Ethics Fellow.
A Catholic laywoman and first-generation immigrant from the Philippines, Astorga was the former chairperson of the Theology Department of the Ateneo de Manila University and founding director of the Center for the Study of Catholic Social Thought of Duquesne University. She is currently Professor and Chair of the Theology Department of the University of Portland. Her research interests are in the areas of fundamental moral theology, social ethics, and feminist ethics, with particular reference to Asian/Filipino social issues. She is the author of two books: Catholic Moral Theology and Social Ethics: A New Method (2013), which won the College Theology Society 2014 Book of the Year award, and The Beast, the Harlot, and the Lamb: Faith Confronts Systemic Evil (2000), which won the National Book Award in the Philippines.
A first-generation Korean American who immigrated to the United States at the age of four and is denominationally unaffiliated, Choi’s research and teaching areas are in ecumenical ethics (Catholic and Reformed), war and peace, evolutionary studies and ethics, aesthetics, and the political morality of race and ethnicity. He is the coeditor of an undergraduate reader in the Catholic intellectual tradition entitled Christianity and Culture (2010). He is a faculty administrator in Seton Hall’s Department of the University Core, currently serves as interim chair of the Department of Religion, and is a past member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics. He is currently working on a monograph exploring the moral relevance of racial identity from an Asian American perspective.
A first-generation Korean American and active member of Pacific, Asian, and North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry (PANAAWTM), Ka’s recently defended dissertation constructs a Korean feminist notion of the self as “an indebted entity” in multiple indebted relationships by highlighting how one is both existentially and functionally indebted to others. Her current research focuses on expanding the extent of indebted relations to include both human and nature—both living and nonliving—existents.
SueJeanne Koh is a second-generation Korean American Presbyterian (PCUSA) who worked as a nonprofit editor and grant writer before finding her passion for theological studies. As a Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) Dissertation Fellow, she explores in her dissertation the relationship between the ethics of self-sacrifice and generational memory, particularly as it intersects with Asian American experiences. She is the theological ethics editor of Syndicate, an online journal. Her other research interests include systematic theologies, feminist and womanist thought, and intersections between secularism and Christianity.
Lee is a first-generation Korean American and an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) whose current research interests include covenant, Trinitarian ethics, public theology in the global era, and the ethics and spirituality of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He is the author of three books in English (Covenant and Communication: A Christian Moral Conversation with Jürgen Habermas [2006], We Will Get to the Promised Land: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Communal-Political Spirituality [2006], The Great World House: Martin Luther King Jr. and Global Ethics [2011]) and two books in Korean (A Paradigm Shift in Korean Churches [2011] and Bridge Builders [2007]). In 2007 Lee founded G2G Christian Education Center, a research institute on Asian American Christianity and culture and published the first systematic curriculum for Korean American youth entitled Identity: A Curriculum for Korean American Christian Youth.
A fourth-generation Korean American, child of Presbyterian and Buddhist parents, and scholar of religion, Oh specializes in comparative ethics. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Christian Ethics, cofounded the Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics, cochaired the Comparative Religious Ethics Group for the American Academy of Religion, and currently sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Religious Ethics. The author of The Rights of God: Islam, Human Rights, and Comparative Ethics (2007), she is working on a second book about the ethics of motherhood while parenting her own “hapa” (half-Asian, half-white) children.
The first Korean female national to be ordained an Episcopal priest, Pae has research interests in feminist peacemaking and interfaith spiritual activism, transnationalized militarism with focus on the intersection between gender and race, transnational feminist ethics, and Asian/Asian American perspectives on postcolonial racial relations. She serves on the steering committee of the Pacific, Asian, and North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry (PANAAWTM) and is completing her first book, Sex and War: A Christian Feminist Ethic of War and Peace.
A first-generation Malaysian Chinese American whose Christian identity has been shaped by Pentecostal, Episcopalian, and Presbyterian traditions, Tan has researched and taught on the work of justice, reconciliation, virtue ethics, and the interrelationship between religion and politics. She is the author of The Reconciliation of Classes and Races: How Religion Contributes to Politics and Law (2009) and is completing a book on moral agency among Asian Americans.
Tran immigrated, at an early age, to America at the end of the Vietnam War and became, in his late teens, a Christian through a Chinese Baptist church. He is the author of Foucault and Theology (2011), The Vietnam War and Theologies of Memory: Time, Eternity, and Redemption in the Far Country (2010), and the coeditor, with Myles Werntz, of Corners in the City of God: “The Wire” and Theology (2013). He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Society of Christian Ethics and the Editorial Board of the Encounter Traditions series of Stanford University Press. He serves as Faculty Master of Baylor’s Honors Residential College.

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Introduction: What Is Asian American Christian Ethics? 2. Gender and Sexuality 3. Marriage, Family, and Parenting 4. Virtue Ethics 5. Peace and War 6. Wealth and Prosperity 7. Racial Identity and Solidarity 8. Health Care 9. Immigration 10. The Environment 11. Education and Labor 12. Cosmetic Surgery 13. Conclusion: The Future of Asian American Christian Ethics

What People are Saying About This

Wonhee Anne Joh

This significant work is sure to transform the field of Christian ethics. Asian American Christian Ethics challenges us to think theologically, to think ethically, and to delve into the very conditions of our existence with one another in order to understand the past, present, and future that is still to come. This volume is a must for students and scholars who want to know what happens when Christian ethics and Asian American critique intersect!

William Schweiker

Several years in the making through a Working Group of the Society of Christian Ethics, this rich and innovative volume is the first major scholarly contribution to the emerging field of Asian American Christian ethics. Grace Y. Kao and Ilsup Ahn’s work helps define a field of thought and will be the benchmark for future contributions to Asian American Christian ethics. I highly recommend this volume for anyone interested in cutting-edge work in ethics.

Miguel A. De La Torre

This book has deeply informed and challenged my thinking. Kao and Ahn invite us on a crucial exploration of the development and application of a new subfield called Asian American Christian ethics. No one who claims to be interested in the field of ethics can ever consider themselves fully informed if they fail to interact with this first, and hopefully not last, major contribution to the academic discourse from the Asian American experience relegated to the margins.

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