AADS Brown Bag: Christianity and Pan-Asian American Identity
Who are Asian American Christians? How is Pan-Asian American Identity related to Christianity? Duke Divinity School's Asian House of Studies and Duke University's Asian American & Diaspora Studies Program will hold a brown bag panel discussion on "Christianity and Pan-Asian American Identity," featuring Dr. Rae Cho, Dr. Jung Choi, and Derek Uejo. Join us in our conversations around Asian American Christians, the model minority myth, and Asian and Asian American biblical hermeneutics, etc.
Dr. Rae Cho: Dr. Cho is a Visiting Instructor (Academics and Asian House of Studies) at Duke Divinity School. He received his B.S and M.S. from M.I.T., MBA from Stanford, M.Div. and Th.D. from Duke Divinity School with a doctoral dissertation on missiological formation of racialized Korean Christianity. Having served as a lay leader in an Asian American church in Silicon Valley prior to Duke, his scholarly interests include Asian American theology, critical race theory, postcolonialism, and black theology.
Dr. Jung Choi: Dr. Choi is the Senior Director of the Wesleyan Formation Initiatives, a Co-Director of the Asian House of Studies, and a consulting faculty member at Duke Divinity School. She received her Th.D. and M.Div. from Harvard, an S.T.M. from Yale, and B.A. from Seoul National University. As a scholar-teacher trained in the New Testament and Early Christianity, she teaches and researches various topics, including Asian and Asian American biblical hermeneutics, feminist historiography, and religious experiences (both ancient and contemporary) with the lens of race, gender, and class.
Derek Uejo: Born and raised in San Diego, California, Derek graduated cum laude with his BA in political science from Biola University's Torrey Honors College in May 2019. In December 2019, he concluded a postgraduate fellowship with The John Jay Institute. Derek has interned with a Washington DC think tank, and an Asian American San Diego City Councilmember. He is currently pursuing his MTS degree in New Testament and Theology & the Arts at Duke Divinity School, where he also works as a Christian Ethics TA for Dr. John Rose, and a graduate program assistant for the Asian American & Diaspora Studies Program.