ABHMS offers training in Asian immigration experience, impact of racism

VALLEY FORGE, PA (3/2/22)—“Asian Americans and Burmese History: Immigration Experiences in America and the Impacts of Racism”—the first session of American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) Asian and Burmese training series—will be held 7-8:30 p.m. ET on March 24. This session will be held virtually at no charge.

Participants will gain critical knowledge about the immigration experiences of Asian Americans and consider how the past informs the ongoing rise of anti-Asian sentiment and acts of violence. The training will also equip ministry leaders with a compassionate understanding of God’s creation.

Although the training will focus on Asian Americans, it is open to anyone to provide wider engagement on the impact of racism on other marginalized communities.

Speakers Dr. Russell Jeung and Dr. Angelene Naw will present the history of Asian Americans in the United States as well as the history of Burma and current realities that are prompting immigration to the United States.

Jeung is professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University, co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate and one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people for 2021. He brings a wealth of experience from his encounters with Asian American communities.

Emerita professor of History, Judson University, Elgin, Ill., and former associate professor of History, University of Yangon, Naw brings her historical knowledge of the diaspora movement in the United States and racism against ethnic minority groups in Burma.

Enroll online at the Center for Continuous Learning.

Future sessions will be held on April 21, April 28-30 (by invitation only), May 19 and June 23-25.

Questions should be addressed to the Rev. Florence Li, ABHMS national coordinator, Asian Ministries, at Florence.Li@abhms.org or 610-768-2468.

American Baptist Home Mission Societies partners with American Baptists to promote Christian faith, cultivate Christ-centered leaders and disciples, and bring healing and transformation to communities across the United States and Puerto Rico.

 American Baptist Churches USA is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with approximately 5,000 congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.