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Following Jesus Without Dishonoring Your Parents Paperback – April 19, 1998
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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, urbana.org, January 2009)
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Jeanette Yep, an American-born Chinese, served as coordinator for Following Jesus Without Dishonoring Your Parents. She was an InterVarsity Christian Fellowship student leader at Mount Holyoke College. After graduation she spent a year studying Chinese language and culture in Taiwan. Recently she received an M.A. in communications from Northwestern University. Now in her twenty-first year on IV staff, she is a divisional director, based in Chicago. She is affectionately known by Urbana Student Mission Convention delegates as "Auntie Jeanette." She serves as a special director of staff training and development, working with student movements around the world.
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This book examines many of the issues that Asian Americans face, including the Asian work ethic, marriage, the struggle with Asian parents while living in western culture, among the many. While the authors may not have quoted from lots of scripture, they still did an accurate job of letting you inside their hearts, minds, and souls. And they did it from a Christian point of view. Anyone who is a serious Christian can see their Christianity shining through as they share thier lives. So they did honor Christ by sharing themselves, as John 14:6 commands us to do. For me, this book was certainly an eye-opener.
While this book may not be a "how to" in terms of how Asian Americans should deal with things, it provides a decent framework for looking at things and sorting things out. In short, it provides a good starting point for the journey. I recommend this book to all Asian Americans and to those who, like myself, minister to and worship with them. As I said when I started out, thank God for this book.