Reading List

This is the list I wish I had when I started serving as a lay leader. I’ve curated this list for you and/or your church to minister to Asians between Cultures. This is my personal list which most suits the context I’m in. There’s a lot more  journal articles that I haven’t added and other books I have yet to read.

For more, check out the Asian American Center at Fuller Theological Seminary has a Resources guide that is worth checking out here. DJ Chuang’s site is another place which I recommend.


Cha, Peter, and Greg Jao. “Reaching Out to Postmodern Asian-Americans.” In Telling the Truth: Evangelizing Postmoderns, edited by D.A Carson. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2000.

Cha, Peter, S. Steve Kang, and Helen Lee, eds. Growing Healthy Asian American Churches: Ministry Insights from Groundbreaking Congregations. Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2006.

Chuang, D.J., ed. Asian American Youth Ministry. L2 Foundation, 2009.

Lee, Hak Joon, ed. Intersecting Realities: Race, Identity, and Culture in the Spiritual-Moral Life of Young Asian Americans. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2018

Park, M. Sydney, Rah, Soong-Chan, and Al Tizon, eds. Honoring the Generations: Learning with Asian North American Congregations. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 2012.

Yep, Jeanette, Cha, Peter, Susan Cho Van Riesen, Jao, Greg, and Paul Tokunaga. Following Jesus Without Dishonoring Your Parents. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Books, 1998.

Think a Bit More

Alumkal, Antony William. Asian American Evangelical Churches: Race, Ethnicity, and Assimilation in the Second Generation. LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC, 2003.

Rah, Soong-Chan. The Next Evangelicalism: Releasing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Books, 2009.

Shin, Sarah. Beyond Colorblind: Redeeming Our Ethnic Journey. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Books, 2017.

Think a Lot

Kao, Grace Y., and Ilsup Han, eds. Asian American Christian Ethics. Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2015.

Lee, Sang Hyun. From a Liminal Place: An Asian American Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2010.

Yong, Amos. The Future of Evangelical Theology: Soundings from the Asian American Diaspora. Downers Grove, Illinois, 2014.

Mental Health

Fossum, Merle A., and Marilyn J. Mason. Facing Shame: Families in Recovery. Kindle Edition. New York and London: W.W. Norton & Company, 1986.

Jantz, Gregory. Healing the Scars of Emotional Abuse. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell, 2009.

Leon, Frederick T. L.. Asian American and Pacific Islander Children and Mental Health : Development and Context : Prevention and Treatment, edited by Frederick T Leong, and Linda Juang, ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2011.

Louie, Sam. Asian Shame and Addiction: Suffering in Silence, 2013.

Sue, Derald Wing, and David Sue. “Counseling Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.” In Counseling the Culturally Diverse: Theory and Practice. Hoboken: John Wiley and Sons, 2015.

Tewari, Nita, and Alvin N. Alvarez, eds. Asian American Psychology: Current Perspectives. New York and London: Psychology Press, 2009.

Wang, Jenny T. Permission to Come Home: Reclaiming Mental Health as Asian Americans. Balance: 2022

Wing Sue, Derald, Jennifer Buccer, Annie I. Lin, Kevin Nadal, and Gina C. Torino. “Racial Microaggressions and the Asian American Experience.” In Contemporary Asian America: A Multdisciplinary Reader. New York and London: NYU Press, 2016.

Christian Conflict Resolution

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Choy, Virstan B. Y. “From Surgery to Acupuncture: An Alternative Approach to Managing Church Conflict from An Asian American Perspective.” Congregations: The Alban Journal 21, no. 6 (1995): 16–19.

Emerson, Michael O., and George Yancey. Transcending Racial Barriers: Toward a Mutual Obligations Approach. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Leas, Speed B. “Levels of Conflict in the Church.” In Moving Your Church Through Conflict, 17–22. Alban Institute, 1985.

Sande, Ken. The Peacemaker. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2004.

Sande, Ken, and Kevin Johnson. Resolving Everyday Conflict. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2011.

Yancey, George. Beyond Racial Gridlock: Embracing Mutual Responsibility. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Books, 2006.


There’s actually many books under this category as most seminaries will have cross-cultural subjects. Check out and Jackson Wu’s work.

Hibbert, Evelyn, and Richard Hibbert. Leading Multicultural Teams. William Carey Library, 2014.

Li, Barry. The New Chinese: How They Are Shaping Australia. Milton, Queensland: John Wiley and Sons Australia, 2017.

Nadeau, Randall L. Asian Religions: A Cultural Perspective. West Sussex, UK: Wiley Blackwell, 2014.

Chinese Australian Church History

Austin, Denise A. “Kingdom-Minded” People: Christian Identity and the Contributions of Chinese Business Christians. Leiden: Brill, 2011.

Fitzgerald, John. Big White Lie: Chinese Australians in White Australia. Sydney: UNSW Press, 2007.

Fitzgerald, Shirley. Red Tape Gold Scissors. State Library of New South Wales Press, 2008.

Herron, Mark, ed. CCC Milson’s Point 50 Anniversary: Moving Forward, 2015.

Kuo, Mei-fen. “Making Chinese Australia: Urban Elites, Newspapers and the Formation of Chinese Australian Identity, 1892-1912.” Monash University Publishing.

Lu Mar, Wendy. “So Great A Cloud of Witnesses.” The Chinese Presbyterian Church – Sydney, 1993.

Welch, Ian. “Alien Son : The Life and Times of Cheok Hong Cheong, (Zhang Zhuoxiong) 1851-1928.” The Australian National University, 2003.

Asian Australian Studies

Ang, Ien. On Not Speaking Chinese: Living between Asia and the West. London & New York: Routledge, 2001.

Chiang, Nora. The Overseas Chinese in Australasia: History, Settlement and Interactions. Taipei: Interdisciplinary Group for Australasian Studies and the Centre for the Study of the Chinese Southern Diaspora, 2001.

Khoo, Tseen. Locating Asian Australian Cultures. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge, 2016.

Kuah-Pearce, Khun Eng, and Andrew P. Davidson, eds. At Home in the Chinese Diaspora: Memories, Identities and Belongings. Hampshire & New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

Ngan, Lucille Lok-Sun, and Kwok-bun Chan. The Chinese Face in Australia: Multi-Generational Ethnicity among Australian-Born Chinese. Springer, 2012.

Pung, Alice, ed. Growing Up Asian in Australia. Black Inc., 2008.

Sinn, Elizabeth. The Last Half Century of Chinese Overseas. HKU: Hong Kong University Press, 1998.

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