Issue #35 | Sep 01, 2015

Speak Up

I STILL REMEMBER the first time I voted. Our entire first grade class lined up single file to go downstairs and down the hall to the school library, where we were each handed paper ballots.
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Cover illustration by Darren Inouye
Finding Common Ground
Reflections on How We Discuss Politics at Church and Christian Unity
by Paul Matsushima

SHORTLY AFTER the 2012 presidential elections, I discussed via email the role of evangelical faith in American politics with a few older people from my church. Those of us involved in the email thread were not out to advertise our own political agendas, nor did we see eye to eye with one another.

Looking for Arepa Moments
by Sarah Lee

I ANXIOUSLY PREPARED the room for an after-service workshop I was leading at my Chinese immigrant church. A group of first to third generation Chinese Americans began to gather inside, bustling with conversation as they grabbed their coffee and cha siu bao. I smiled and welcomed them, but doubted they fully embraced me.

Under the Umbrella
An ABC’s Observations of Hong Kong’s Democracy Movement
by Liz Choi

I STOOD ON THE SIDEWALK outside of Circle K in awe. It was 11 p.m. on a Sunday. Soft streetlights cascaded down onto an uproarious crowd full of people, young and old, standing shoulder to shoulder on the vehicle-less thoroughfare. It was a rare sight to see in one of the busiest parts of Hong Kong.

Nothing Can be Gained in a Broken System
by Paul Y. Song

IN 1991, then United States Surgeon General C. Everett Koop asked me and my fellow graduating medical students to raise our right hands and repeat the Hippocratic Oath.

Bringing Synergy into the Education System
by Alisa Wong and Petrina Jap with Meg Palisoc

THE MAJORITY OF SYNERGY Charter Academies’ students enroll as illiterate and incredibly below grade level. At age five, many don’t know their letters, numbers, colors, or shapes.

Making Waves in the Ocean of Culture and Tradition
The Story of Frank Emi During the Japanese Internment Camps
By Rachel Tien with John Mitsugi Riley and Kathy Ito

Deru kui wa utareru. “The stake that sticks out gets hammered down. At age 26, Frank Emi (1916-2010) and his family found themselves in Wyoming’s Heart Mountain Relocation Center, over 1,000 miles from their home. Worst of all, the country that had just stripped away Frank’s rights as a citizen was now forcing him to fight on their behalf.

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