Chinhsin Esther Kao is Bunun-Taiwanese and a first generation immigrant to the U.S. She currently works at The Bronx Defenders as their Communications Associate. Outside of work, she is a Progressive Asian American Christians fellow and organizes with AF3IRM (Association of Filipinas, Feminists Fighting Imperialism, Refeudalization, and Marginalization).
I recently moved to New York for my first job. For the first time in my life, I am somewhat financially comfortable. Yesterday, a direct deposit into my savings account made me feel independent and safe from having extra money sitting around.
Christianity and whiteness have become synonymous in America. It is something reinforced and perpetuated in our political landscape today. In 2016, Donald Trump won the presidential election, largely due to the support of white, evangelical Christian voters. According to the Pew Research Center, as of September 2016, 35 percent of the Republican Party are white evangelicals, with 83 percent of Republicans identifying as “Christian” in the broad sense.