By Sabrina Chan, La Thao and Ann Boyd

Sabrina S. Chan and La Thao: Learning Our Names

"I hope the book catches folks who are realizing that faith shouldn’t be colorblind and that Jesus sees us in all of our sociolocation and all of who we are." — Sabrina S. Chan

Authors Sabrina S. Chan and La Thao talk with us about Asian American identity formation and the ways history, culture, and community intersect with Christian faith.

For each of us, the stories of culture, race, and ethnicity lay the foundation of our identities and our expressions of faith. In today’s conversation, author Sabrina S. Chan and La Thao talk with me about Asian American identity from a Christian perspective. Together with two other authors, they have written the book Learning Our Names: Asian American Christians on Identity, Relationships, and Vocation, exploring the history and stories of the Asian diaspora in America and their impact on vocation, faith, and identity. Sabrina and La discuss the significance of this book at this time in history, the distinctiveness of different Asian cultures in America, and the gifts of growing in one’s cultural awareness. This conversation is thoughtful and informative for anyone who identifies as Asian American or if you’re someone who loves and appreciates the Asian American people in your life.

So jump right in! We're so glad you're here.

You can listen on iTunes or at The Women Scholars and Professionals Podcast. We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

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About the Author

Sabrina S. Chan serves as the National Director of InterVarsity’s Asian American Ministries. She grew up as a second generation Cantonese American in Richmond, Virginia and worked as a computer network engineer for a few years after graduating from Rice University. In her 20 years on staff, she has volunteered at Rice, staffed at UT Austin, and served as a ministry director in Texas and the San Francisco Bay Area. She is passionate about seeing Asian Americans transformed by Christ as they grow in ethnic identity, evangelism, racial justice, and stewarding their lives for God's kingdom.

Sabrina earned her MA in Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and was ordained in 2009. She lives in Durham, North Carolina with her husband Kevin and two young kids. She loves bike commuting, drinking tea, and hiking in the woods — all three whether alone or with family and friends.

La Thao, who is Hmong American, is an InterVarsity campus staff in Wisconsin and previously served as the director of InterVarsity's Hmong Christian Collegiate Conference.

Ann is the Women Scholars and Professionals Podcast host and the interim editor for The Well. She has worked for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship since 1997, exploring her interests in community, spiritual formation, and writing. Ann has a BM in Music Education from Northwestern University and lives in Chicago, Illinois with one husband, two spunky teenage daughters, and three snuggly cats. You’ll often find Ann baking sweet treats in the kitchen while listening to a podcast or audiobook.

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