Kylie Foo was, for a time, a Master of Divinity candidate at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. She is currently a lay member in the United Church of Christ and eats entire bags of salted egg fish skin chips in single sittings.
My religious life began with attending Buddhist temples in Singapore, but after my mother joined a Christian church, I entered a long period of searching for churches that aligned with my changing values, theological beliefs, and increasingly multi-layered background.
Like most young immigrants, I came to the United States for reasons outside of my control. At 9, my family moved to California from Singapore with every intention of moving back within a few years. In fact, my mother had paid next year’s school fees in advance to reserve my spot, and even purchased some of the textbooks for the next year so I could work through them while overseas (I was an impressively industrious student at the time).