Out of Silence: Emerging Themes in Asian American Churches

Out of Silence: Emerging Themes in Asian American Churches

by Fumitaka Matsuoka


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Out of Silence: Emerging Themes in Asian American Churches by Fumitaka Matsuoka

"Most of us are American, yet not fully acknowledged as American. Asian Americans are plagued with this awareness. We have been in the United States in significant numbers for 150 years. . . . Today, we Asian Americans find ourselves in the midst of opposing tides swirling around us. One current carries us across old enmities toward a solidarity of all people of Asian descent, another urges retreat to the nostalgia of our individual cultures and ethnic groups, and yet a third demands a just place in the larger American society, where many of us are still treated as strangers."—from the Introduction

Fumitaka Matsuoka has written a rare and candid theological discussion of Asian Americans, their Christian faith, and racial/ethnic interactions in the United States.

Out of Silence probes into particular religious expressions by presenting a description and analysis of the experiences of Asian American Christians of Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, and Korean ancestry. The response to these challenging experiences - far too long ignored—offers new models and dynamics to the work of reconciling humanity. Matsuoka's eloquent treatment of the Asian American church speaks to all Christians—"the liberation of each group shall be the bond that unites us all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606081617
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 03/28/2009
Pages: 178
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Fumitaka Matsuoka is Robert Gordon Sproul Professor of Theology Emeritus at Pacific School of Religion and was Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean & Professor of Theology at PSR and at Bethany Theological Seminary. He also served as the director of the Institute for Leadership Development and the Study of Pacific and Asian North American Religion (PANA Institute) at PSR. His books include Out of Silence: Emerging Theological Themes of Asian American Churches (1995), and The Color of Faith: Building Community In A Multiracial Society (1998). He is currently co-editing with Jane Iwamura Encyclopedia of Asian American Cultures & Religions.

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