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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.

Peter Cha is associate professor of pastoral theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He received his graduate training in theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.Div. And Th.M.) and received his doctorate in religion in society and personality from Northwestern University. He previously served as a campus staff member with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and as a youth pastor, church planter and senior pastor. His publications include chapters in Following Jesus without Dishonoring Your Parents (InterVarsity Press), articles in Korean Americans and Their Religions (Pennsylvania State University Press) in Telling the Truth: Evangelizing Postmoderns (Zondervan) and in This Side of Heaven: Race, Ethnicity and Christian Faith (Oxford University Press), as well as articles in several scholarly and denominational journals.

Van Riesen is an area director with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship serving students at Stanford University, Santa Clara University, UC Santa Cruz and California State Monteray Bay University. Her parents emigrated from Korea when she was five years old. She is a graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles, California.

Greg Jao is a national field director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. He is the author of the LifeGuide Bible study The Kingdom of God and a contributor to Following Jesus Without Dishonoring Your Parents, a book on Asian American discipleship.

Paul Tokunaga (Master of Christian Studies, New College, Berkeley) is vice president and director of strategic ministries for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. He started with InterVarsity as a student at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and has also worked with 2100 Productions and as Southeast Regional Director.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books (April 19, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830813586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830813582
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book, Kindle edition, after a particularly challenging holiday visit with my Korean in-laws. Despite 10 years of marriage as a white woman to a Korean American man, I found the week chock full of miscommunications and frustrations on my part. Some of the issues are common to in-law relationships, but they were certainly exacerbated by cultural differences. I've found this book to be insightful in understanding them as well as relating to the experiences of my husband as a young adult before we met. It approaches topics with compassion that I find irritating, like their obsession with Ivy League schools and their insistence my husband enter medicine regardless of his own interests. It has shed light on all the aunties insistence on eternally grilling my sister in law about her dating life and fretting that she is single in her forties. I can now see these concerns better through the lens of their parental responsibility and concern with less judgement that their concerns are superficial or primarily about image. The discussion about saving face was particularly interesting. Thank you to the authors for your insightful and compassionate discussion of the tensions that Asian American young adults face.
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"But my parents will be very angry when they find out I believe Jesus!" What do you say to a young friend struggling between faith and obedience to parents? Read through this book together and find much wisdom and help!
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I'm a Caucasian pastor whom God called to minister to and worship with the Asian American community, mainly ages 18-30. Since I didn't grow up inside the Asian culture, I was ignorant to many of the struggles that Asian Americans go through. Thank God for this book!
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.
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great for 1st generation Christians who, of course, don't have parental guidance in relating to their non-Christian parents. Fills a void of instruction for those who may have involved parents and strong relationships with their parents (one way or two way) but who are forced to differ because they want to live for Christ.
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This was an extremely insightful book which examined the ways that elements in Asian, Confusian-based cultures clash with elements in the American culture. Furthermore, the authors presented ways in which these conflicts could be worked out.
One strength of this book is its authencity. It was written by Asian-Americans who used examples from their own lives to illustrate concepts. I was able to relate to many experiences which the authors described.
Another strength was that this book presented the issues in a mature and non-accusatory manner. Although strong emotions may have surrounded the issues discussed, the authors did not use this book as an opportunity to lash out, but rather explained the problem in a humble manner.
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