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In light of the recent tragedy in Atlanta and heightened awareness of the increased hate crimes towards AAPIs (Asian-American Pacific Islanders) during the pandemic, I want to share three important and unique ways Kingdom Rice is contributing to “Stop AAPI Hate.” Look for the invitations below and register at “Programs and Services” on the website.

  1. Kingdom Rice is helping people increase familiarity with the Asian-American story, in particular the story of SF’s Chinatown framed by a Biblical honor-shame narrative. How important this is given the severe attacks on Chinatown and given the “impulse” to erase the experience of Asian Americans. That said, you are invited to a unique AAPI history storytelling event you won’t find anywhere else. We are hosting a virtual immersion into SF’s Chinatown with me and award-winning author Kathy Chin Leong as your guides.  Find her book and the last talk we did together at this link. The picture shows the last pre-pandemic immersion we did (with City Church SF). Though we'll lose many of the senses on the virtual tour, we'll step into places that even the face-to-face tour can't provide.  Register for this immersion here.  - May 14th @ 7:30pm-9pm Pacific.
  2. “AAPI hate: The Road Towards Healing.” Youth with a Mission (YWAM) will interview me to uncover potential blind spots on this road towards healing from these tragedies so we can better respond as Jesus-followers. This includes understanding past atrocities against AAPIs, and framing them within the work of the Spirit. April 14th @ 12:30pm Pacific. Register here
  3. Kingdom Rice is growing Black-Asian spaces of solidarity. Last Sunday, my buddy Kirk Davis (shown here) and I jointly spoke to two churches in Chinatown on “Racial Solidarity in the Spirit.” Predominantly Chinese congregants from youth to seniors heard Kirk’s heartfelt message of solidarity while I came up with questions for breakout rooms to excavate their implicit biases against African-Americans, other Asians, and even other Chinese. We’re planning a parallel process in Kirk’s church so we can prepare the way to bring uncles and aunties from both African-American and Chinese-American churches together in solidarity for worship, shared stories, and lamentation. The process has no shortcuts so we are being prayerful with the process, unrushed, yet bold with our execution.  
Please consider registering for these events (The first event with Kathy Chin Leong is the more unique one). Visit our "Program and Events" page for more details. If you’ve been following these newsletters, you’ll know these events don't stem from new ideas. We’ve been sharing the Asian-American story, advocating for healing and vulnerability, and growing solidarity across unlikely faith communities since we started Kingdom Rice. But the unprecedented anti-Asian incidents have only served to highlight the importance of our work, both the public events like these and also our “private” work where we are leading faith leaders into a much deeper dive into these topics, reframing both the messenger and mission organizations from the core. 

I’ve never prayed so much for my family’s safety. And for the first time in my life, I think twice about my safety when I’m outside because of the color of my skin. Though most of the attacks are in Chinatown or downtown, some have been just a few blocks from our home. But God is protector, and He has given me Kingdom Rice to bless others. Rooted in San Francisco, our work is inter-church, multi-ethnic, and worldwide. Bless the Lord.   Love, Steve
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