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This Thursday night we take a break from heady conversation to enjoy some of the finest authentic Chinese cuisine in Atlanta.

Why food? Because in Asian cultures, food matters – a lot. And many times, we don’t really let anyone on the inside when our cuisine has had hundreds of years to create a facade for Americans. Fortune cookies aren’t indigenous to China, and neither is General Tso’ chicken.

So, Thursday, Danny and Susan are taking us to “Tasty China”! Map below. Meet at Communitas @ 7pm or meet us there at 7:30. it will be b/n $10-15 a person.  bring cash b/c they give a cash discount on the bill (yeah, asians!)

585 Franklin Rd SE # 215
Marietta, GA 30067

Check out this little presentation by Jennifer 8. Lee for more details on the ins and outs of Chinese food in America:

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Dr. Paul Huh @ AsianAmergence discussing traditional Korean musical forms applied to Christian worship.

As editor of the PCUSA Korean-English hymnal entitled “Come, Let Us Worship,” Dr. Huh had created short canticles (소창) around the psalms. He led us in a few that night which was an incredible experience to hear and participate in. Also, as an accomplished cellist, Dr. Huh also brought in the instrument represented in the middle photo (i.e. I don’t know what it’s called) and played it for us, explaining how Korean instrumentation displayed the culture’s affinity for relationality over technicality or virtuosity in the Western sense.

As Asian-Americans, the worship music we sing at church is largely rooted in European melodic tradition. From the missionary hymns of the 18th and 19th century, to the contemporary worship music of the 20th and 21st century, we’ve sung the songs of Western Christians.

Have you ever considered these questions: When you go to a church full of Asian-Americans and you close your eyes, what do you hear? Would you be able to detect any distinctiveness coming from our ethnicity or culture? When you read the words on the screen, who penned those words? Where is the melody of our ancestors? Are these even valid questions at all?

Dr. Paul Huh

On Thursday, Dec 4th, Professor Paul Huh of Columbia Theological Seminary will lead us in singing worship songs to the tune of our ancestors. Reminiscent of Western monastic singing, the eastern style of worship has simple, meditative, and powerful melodies that centers the worshiper.

Professor Huh’s research interests include liturgical musicology, space, time, history, theology, and arts in both Korean and North American settings.  Additionally, he is interested in the praxis of bilingual/bicultural performing, designing, leading, and evaluating worship in an ecumenical setting.

Come out to the Communitas building located here at 7pm. Hang-out and dinner to follow afterwards.

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What does it mean to be an Asian-American? What is the role of feminism in Asian-America? The role of faith? Of conservatism? And sexuality?

We hope to discuss these in our upcoming gathering as we watch The Grace Lee Project, a documentary about navigating through Asian culture, feminism, and faith. The discussion to follow will be led by Eunjung Kim, a post-doc fellow with the Feminism and Legal Theory Project at the Emory Law School.

Please join us for an honest discussion at the Communitas Building (directions) at 7pm. Hang-out and dinner to follow afterwards.