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Asian American Theologies
This course examines the development of Asian-American theologies and their key themes: migration; intercultural theology; autobiographical narratives, political activism. We will look at marginality and inter-generational conflicts, at Asian-American biblical hermeneutics, and at questions such as why Korean Buddhists might attend church when in America. Students will be encouraged to undertake a field-work project of their own choosing on an aspect of Asian-American Christianity, for which training will be given. This course is aimed at all YDS students: the topics and methodologies are highly relevant to anyone doing theology in contemporary society.
No background requirements. The course is designed to be accessible to ALL students, including those with no knowledge of East Asian languages.
Regular attendance and active participation in class discussions; one page informal ungraded paper on the readings assigned for each week, including critical comments and questions for discussion.
One essay on any aspect of Asian-American theology studied (2-3000 words).
One research paper/ project, preferably based on data generated through interviews /observer participation, presented in class (no fixed word count).
Participation in class: 20% of grade; Short Essay (1500-3000 words): 30% of grade; Research project and presentation: 50% of grade.