More Than Serving Tea: Asian American Women on Expectations, Relationships, Leadership and Faith

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Nikki A. Toyama, Tracey Gee, Christie Heller De Leon
InterVarsity Press, Oct 23, 2006 - Religion - 208 pages
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Asian American women are caught between different worlds. Many grew up sensing that daughters were not as valuable as sons. Family expectations and cultural stereotypes assume that Asian American women can only have certain prescribed roles, as if our worth comes only through what we do for others. But God has good news for Asian American women. In his eyes, they are his beloved daughters, created for greater purposes than the roles imposed upon us. In this one-of-a-kind book, editors Nikki Toyama and Tracey Gee and a team of Asian American women share how God has redeemed their stories and helped them move beyond cultural and gender constraints. With the help of biblical role models and modern-day mentors, these women have discovered how God works through their ethnic identity, freeing them to use their gifts and empowering them to serve and lead. The contributors include writers of East Asian heritage (Chinese, Japanese and Korean) as well as Southeast Asian (Filipina) and South Asian (Pakistani). Their diverse perspectives shed light on common threads in the Asian American experience, providing encouragement and guidance to others on the journey. God has so much more in store for Asian American women than cultural norms, gender roles and old stereotypes of geisha girls or dutiful daughters. Experience the joy and freedom of becoming the Asian American Christian woman God intended you to be.

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Foreword by Jeanette Yep
Becoming Leaders Tracey Gee
Epilogue Tracey Gee

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Nikki A. Toyama is associate director of programs for the Urbana Student Missions Convention. She previously served as an advancement officer with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and as a team leader for InterVarsity's ministry at UC Berkeley.

Tracey Gee is an InterVarsity Christian fellowship area director in Los Angeles.

Christie B. De Leon is on IVCF Staff at UC Davis, Davis, California. She has a degree in sociology and was born in Manila, Philippines.

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