Kai Lin Ngu is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a co-founder of Church Clarity, host of Religious Socialism podcast, and deacon of Forefront Brooklyn Church.
I once asked my mom, “Why is it that so many of the models in Malaysian advertisements are white or Eurasian?” “It’s the colonial mindset,” she replied.
My immigrant story begins a little differently from most Asian Americans: My parents migrated to America from Malaysia in order to start a church. They belonged to a church-planting network that began in Thailand; its leaders felt that America was too depraved and in need of a spiritual revival. And so they sent over the Ngus.