Asian Americans and Missions: Preparing, Going, Being
Workshop » Global Topics
Alexander Jun, Ph.D.
Asian Americans (AAs) experience unique benefits and challenges with missions due to cultural factors such as post-immigration related stressors, high educational expectations, career aspirations, and filial piety that burdens some to provide financially for family. In addition the typical fundraising model presents challenges for AA’s. Some AA missionaries may struggle not being seen as American enough by host nationals or their non-Asian teammates, while some AA’s also see the benefits of spending a lifetime in cross-cultural engagement in the US that may help once on the field.
Alexander Jun, Ph.D., is Professor of Higher Education at Azusa Pacific University. He is author of From here to university: Access, mobility, and resilience among urban Latino youth. A TEDx speaker and international scholar, Jun's latest book is entitled White Out: Understanding White Privilege and Dominance in the Modern Age. Alex and his family loved in Cambodia from 2010-2013 in collaboration with Mission to the World (MTW). He is the 45th Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).