Asian American Contexts

What does it mean to be a creative, wise, courageous leader as an Asian American Christian? How can you sensitively and effectively reach an emerging generation of Asian Americans amidst formidable global challenges? How does the gospel engage Asian American pop culture, social justice concerns, and church drama?

These are the kinds of questions that drive Fuller's new, first-of-its-kind emphasis in Asian American Contexts. You will learn from faculty who are renowned scholars in diverse arenas of the Asian American experience and innovative theologian-practitioners who apply their expertise for kingdom purposes.

Whatever your calling, immigrant generation, or ethnic heritage -- and whether you are an Asian American yourself or are called to minister to Asian Americans -- our courses, spiritual formation groups, and individual mentoring will help you grow and be shaped theologically, spiritually, and vocationally by God's disruptive grace.

Featured Faculty

AAC-FongKenneth "Ken" Fong, of Evergreen Baptist Church in Los Angeles, is a widely respected leader in Asian American ministry. Holding an MDiv and DMin from Fuller, he joined Evergreen in 1981 as associate pastor and moved to the role of senior pastor in 1996. Under Ken's leadership the church became one of the first major English-only, multiethnic, Asian American congregations in North America. His book Insights for Growing Asian American Ministries -- later revised and reprinted as Pursuing the Pearl -- was one of the earliest books on the future of Asian American ministries. At Fuller Ken continues to lead and serve Asian American communities in his role as executive director of the Asian American Initiative and assistant professor of Asian American church studies.
*adjunct faculty

Alumni Perspective

Joshua Muthalali

Joshua Muthalali

MDiv 2012
PhD, Systematic Theology 2016
These classes helped me become more aware of how the Asian American identity forms the way Asian Americans "do" church, and also how the Asian American church can reform the Asian American identity to become more Christlike.

These context-sensitive class offerings are just one reflection of Fuller's and AAI's commitment to equipping the student for the promises and challenges of the contemporary multicultural world.

Curriculum Requirements

To earn an emphasis in Asian American Contexts,** you must fulfill the emphasis requirements (20 units) listed below:

Required Courses (16 units)

PM544 Asian American Contexts and Missional Leadership
TM528 Engaging Asian American Contexts
FS500 Family Systems Dynamics

Choose One (4 units):

ET543 The Theology and Ethics of Martin Luther King, Jr.
MH526 Christianity in China, Korea, and Japan
MH530 History: Christianity in Asia
MR519 Christian Engagement with People of Other Faiths
NS563 Race and Christian Identity in the New Testament
PR532 Transformational Preaching in Asian American Contexts

Scheduled Courses

Required Courses (16 units):

PM544, TM530, FS500

The following scheduled courses fulfill this emphasis requirement.

Course Number Course Title Faculty Term Location
TM528 Engaging Asian American Contexts Lee, DD Winter 2015 Pasadena

Choose One (4 units):

ET543, MH526, MH530, MR519, NS563, PR532

The following scheduled courses fulfill this emphasis requirement.

Course Number Course Title Faculty Term Location
NS563 Race and Christian Identity in the New Testament Sechrest, LL Winter 2015 Pasadena/Sacramento/Colorado Live
MH530 History: Christianity in Asia Sunquist, SW Spring 2015 Pasadena

Emphasis courses are scheduled on a rotation and may not be available every quarter. For descriptions of courses that fulfill this emphasis, please visit the Academic Catalog.
**New emphasis structure is effective beginning Winter 2015. For information on your current emphasis track, contact your academic advisor.
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