Jin Young Choi on Teaching as Activism
Dr. Jin young Choi is a long-time member of PANAAWTM and serves on PANAAWTM's Mentoring and Program/Education Committee. Last April, she was installed as the Baptist Missionary Training School Professorial Chair in Biblical Studies at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, New York. Several PANAAWTM sisters took part in the installation and many congratulated her on the occasion.
She has recently published a blog on "Teaching as Activism" in the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion blog. In it, she mentioned PANAAWTM's Zoom event after the killing of eight people, including six women of Asian descent, in March. She wrote:
As I offered space for students in my classes to mourn, the Pacific Asian North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry community (PANAAWTM) offered me a space for mourning when anti-Asian racism was climactic in the Atlanta mass shootings on March 17, 2021. Wo/men professors, students, and activists of Asian heritage gathered online to grieve, reflect, and pray together. A few sang Asian traditional songs and offered prayers of our ancestors. Through these practices, I gained spiritual strength, intellectual courage, and a clearer sense of commitment to teaching for social justice.
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