Do you Speak English? Racial Discrimination and Being the Other

W. Mark Koenig:

Grace Ji-Sun Kim reflects on being viewed and treated as the other.

Originally posted on Grace Ji-Sun Kim:

fsrThis is my latest post for Feminist Studies in Religion, “Do you Speak English? Racial Discrimination and Being the Other”.  I would love to hear your comments or feedback.

I speak fluent English, conversational Korean and textbook French. I am proud to be trilingual and I always encourage my children to speak Korean with me. They never do. I do my best to speak to them in Korean, unless I am disciplining them. Then, only English comes out of my mouth.

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Purple flowers, Seattle Peace Garden 1


Witnesses for peace
in formation stand.

22 February 2014
Peace Garden
Seattle, Washington

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Great Hall

31 March 2014
Great Hall, Westminster Presbyterian Church
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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World Autism Day – 2 April 2014

Holding friends and family in thoughts and prayers this day.

From Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

World Autism Awareness Day is about more than generating understanding; it is a call to action. I urge all concerned to take part in fostering progress by supporting education programmes, employment opportunities and other measures that help realize our shared vision of a more inclusive world.

From the United Nations

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that manifests itself during the first three years of life. The rate of autism in all regions of the world is high, and the disorder can bring significant hardships to families. World Autism Awareness Day highlights the need to help improve the lives of children and adults who suffer from autism, and promotes international attention to address stigma, lack of awareness and inadequate support structures for individuals and their families. Member States are encouraged to hold educational events to encourage a more inclusive society, highlight the talents of those living with autism and ensure opportunities for them to realize their potential. The UN General Assembly declared this Day in its 2008 resolution A/RES/62/139.

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Understanding and Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop

One of my friends works for Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training and shared about this opportunity to develop and hone skills and to dismantle racism.

The workshop is an excellent opportunity for individuals & institutional leaders responsible for diversity or social justice. Using a variety of interactive tools, it explores the historical development of institutional racism and its continuing impact. Participants will build a common definition of racism and explore the historic development of institutional racism in the US. They will examine ongoing realities of racism including the identity-shaping power racism has on People of Color and White people; explore racism’s individual, institutional and cultural manifestations; and consider the link between racism and other forms of oppression. A strategic methodology to dismantle racism will be introduced, focusing specifically on applying principles of organizing and social/cultural change. 

Crossroads workshops are designed to reveal how systemic racism plays a role in often unseen ways, creating barriers to true multicultural diversity and racial justice. We’ll help you struggle with the tough questions and equip you with the skills to dismantle racism and transform your institution.


Thursday April 24, 2014 at 8:30 AM PDT
Friday April 25, 2014 at 6:00 PM PDT

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First Unitarian Church Oakland
685 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612

The workshop will begin at 9:00 am and end at 6:00 pm on the 24th and the 25th.

Continental breakfast as well as lunch on the 24th and 25th are included in your registration.


Early Bird Registration: $250 (single) or $230 (2+ participants from one organization)
Regular Registration (After April 20, 2014): $300 (single) or $280 (2+ participants from one organization)
Student: $185.00

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The Invisibility of Asian Americans: the Feminist Wire

W. Mark Koenig:

Thanks to Grace Ji-Sun Kim for this reflection on the invisibility of Asian Americans in the news media. She provides examples of how this happens and reflects on why.

Originally posted on Grace Ji-Sun Kim:


Kenneth Bae source:

There is too much racism within our society.  Here is my latest for the Feminist Wire.  So thankful to everyone at the Feminist Wire but especially to Tamura A. Lomax and Aishah Shahidah Simmons.

As we reflect on racism….let us continue to pray for Kenneth Bae and his family.

Where is the public face of Asian Americans in our society? As we follow the case of Kenneth Bae, the only Asian American faces we see on the television news are those of Kenneth Bae and his family. Relatively few Asian American analysts, commentators or advocates (with the exceptions of Connie Chung, Julie Chen, Ann Curry, Sanjay Gupta, and Kaity Tong) appear on the news media.

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Dakota 38

Thanks to my friend and colleague Irv Porter who pointed me to Dakota 38, a video about the Dakota Wokiksuye Memorial Ride remembering the 38 Dakota men hung in Mankato after the U.S.-Dakota War and working for healing and reconciliation. Check it out!

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