The Myth of the Monolith

I am wholly uncertain of how I feel about racially-specific congregations in America.

I have lived in Asian American contexts, across socioeconomic levels, and between the varied layers of other factors: geography, dominant culture, food culture, generational immigrant culture.

Asian Americans are not monolithic. We are a beautiful variety. As with any race and regional group, however, I wonder if when our friend circles consist only of people who look like us and come from similar backgrounds – do we become incapable of contributing to the larger dialogue of race relations? We must speak on behalf of those who look like us, but we must also seek to build relationships with everyone else.

Love your neighbor as yourself. Your neighbor probably does not look like you.

Faith, FreethoughtShawn LiComment