“Asiamerica” is the term used by The Episcopal Church to describe both Asian immigrants in the United States as well as Asian Americans born in the United States - Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Southeast Asian (Vietnamese, Laotian, Hmong, and Burmese), and South Asian (Bangladeshi, Indian, Pakistani, and Sri Lankan). The mission of the denomination’s Asiamerica Ministries is to strengthen existing ethnic congregations and to start new ones. They also advocate for empowerment among clergy, lay leaders, seminarians, women, and youth. Their web page offers resources on church revitalization, mission work, and racial justice. Its categories include “Related Content” which has a “Call to Ministry”; “Useful Links” with blogs by the Missioner; “From the Library” with articles, news, and sermons; “Documents to Download” with initiatives and strategies; and “Asian Language Liturgy Resources” with worship materials in Hocano, Hmong, and Vietnamese. Materials in Hmong include side-by-side translations in English that would be helpful for congregations with varying generations of Asian members.
Reviewed by Phyllis Wezeman