Kwok Pui-lan has served as William F. Cole Professor of Christian Theology and Spirituality at Episcopal Divinity School. Her publications include “Postcolonial Imagination and Feminist Theology”; “Introducing Asian Feminist Theology”; and “Discovering the Bible in the Non-Biblical World”. She is also the coeditor of “Off the Menu: Asian and Asian North American Women’s Religion and Theology”.
This year marks the centenary of the March 1st Movement of Korean protest against Japanese colonialism. Thirty-three religious leaders, among them 16 Christians, issued a Korean Declaration of Independence that sparked a nationwide protest. About 2 million people took part in the protests, and thousands were killed and injured.
For the seven years I studied theology in Hong Kong in the 1970s, I didn’t have a single female professor or academic role model. I never imagined that I would spend a lifetime in academia and would later become the president of the American Academy of Religion, the world’s largest professional guild of religious scholars.