Following Jesus Without Dishonoring Your Parents, Edited by Jeanette Yep and Peter Cha and Susan Cho Van Riesen and Greg Jao and Paul Tokunaga
Following Jesus Without Dishonoring Your Parents
  • Length: 178 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: March 19, 1998
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 1358
  • ISBN: 9780830813582

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Go to the right school.
Become a doctor or a lawyer.
Marry a nice Asian.

These are some of the hopes of our Asian parents. Knowing that our parents have sacrificed for us, we want to honor their wishes. But we also want to serve Jesus, and sometimes that can seem to conflict with family expectations. Discovering our Asian identity in the midst of Western culture means learning to bridge these and other conflicting values. We need wise counsel on

  • our parents' ways of loving us
  • vocations that show respect for our parents and allow us to serve God
  • the "model minority" myth and performance pressures
  • marriage, singleness, and being male and female
  • racial reconciliation
  • spirituality and church experiences
  • unique gifts Asians bring to Western culture

This book, written by a team of Asian American student ministry workers who have been there, can serve as our guide on a difficult journey. The authors represent a variety of perspectives, including the immigrant experience of a Korean man, a third-generation Japanese-American's understanding of his parents' experience in the internment camps during World War II, and a Chinese American woman's struggle to communicate with her parents. Their accounts of humorous, frusrating and heartbreaking personal experiences (as well as stories from other Asian American students and adults) offer support and encouragement. And their ideas for living out the Christian faith between two cultures show us the way to wholeness.

I loved this book. It is a good book for white people to read, to help them understand their Asian-American friends. Above all, my Asian-American friends have unanimously told me, it is a great, and much needed book for themselves and their peers.

Paul Grant,, January 2009


Introduction: Learning Our Names - Paul Tokunaga
1. Pressure, Perfectionism Performance - Paul Tokunaga
2. Your Parents Love You, My Parents Love Me - Jeanette Yep
3. Honor Obey - Greg Jao
4. Doctor or Lawyer? - Susan Cho Van Riesen
5. Relating to Others--Understanding Yourself - Greg Jao
6. Marriage Singleness - Peter Cha Susan Cho Van Riesen
7. The Gender Trap - Peter Cha Jeanette Yep
8. Racial Reconciliation - Susan Cho Van Riesen Peter Cha
9. Spiritual Growth - Greg Jao
10. Finding a Church Home - Peter Cha
11. Gifts Asian Americans Bring - Paul Tokunaga

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