All posts tagged: Humanities

Decolonizing Faith: My Humanities Self in the (Chinese) Church

Name 5 Black theologians you’ve read, or 3 Asian theologians … or 2 female theologians … or 1 Indigenous theologian? If you are able to answer these in full capacity, please leave your answers in the comments so we can trade notes. Two weeks ago, I wrote about Identifying Chinese Christian in the Secular Humanities, and it was a step for me toward a sort of peace with my position in the humanities. It was an attempt to push back at the way humanities enjoys whitewashing the church. They aren’t the only ones though. We love to whitewash within the church too. Church History is grossly white. The culture-makers of our church: worship leaders, thinkers, professors, theologians, pastors continue to be male-dominant, white-dominant, and white-inheriting. The metaphors that flood our worship music are white culture context. The theology that we consider “universal” and “true” is white. More insidiously, we are obsessed with church traditions that have become irrevocably intertwined with the rise of Western domination, and the dissemination of Western normative thought through disgusting legacies such as …

Identifying Chinese Christian in the Secular Humanities

I don’t remember the exact moment in my first year of university where I realized it was not okay to be a Christian in the Humanities. Perhaps it was more of a slow awakening through situations where I heard in increasing occurrences a strong contempt, and intolerance for a faith that shaped my identity. Regardless, I knew it soon enough from the way my professors talked about Christianity with a slight sarcasm, or as a way to throw a joke. I also knew it from the open negativity that my classmates performed in reaction. Prior to coming to Toronto, I had never seen my Christianity in the political, and historical contexts that shaped these opinions. In fact, I remember seeing the Jesus parade for the first time in Toronto, and being completely baffled at the sight of the person dressed as Jesus dragging a cross around Queen’s Park. My childhood was spent crawling under chairs in a Singapore Brethren church, and tiny little house churches in Suzhou, China, occasionally fellowshipping with Chinese Christians who worshipped in secret. In Hong Kong …