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3 great Vancouver restaurants for hand-pulled noodles

Got three recommendations for Hand Pulled Noodles in Vancouver, from a friend there:

Peaceful Restaurant
532 W Broadway,
Vancouver, BC V5Z1E9, CA

Legendary Noodle
4191 Main St,
Vancouver, BC V5V3P6, CA

Sha Lin Noodle House
548 W Broadway W,
Vancouver, BC V5Z1E9, CA

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Watching The Laundromat Documentary 2013

Where can you watch The Laundromat Documentary, an award-winning film created by Vanessa Yee? The answer is not yet known.

About the Laundromat Documentary

IMDB has a page for The Laundromat Documentary. There is a Facebook page and a Kickstarter page that has information about the making of The Laundromat Documentary; and there used to be a community website. Vanessa Yee’s description of the film:

The Laundromat is my thesis film at UCLA’s film school. In this doc, I hope to begin breaking the Asian American community’s cycle of silence and shame. When people are unable to find a space to take care of their “dirty laundry”, this film will empower different generations to address the prevailing silence and find they are not alone in emotional struggle and shameful circumstances.

People Love Movie Trailers

There’s this trailer for The Laundromat Documentary with a few clips strung together—

Daily Bruin wrote about the film in its 2011 article— Washing Away the Silence: Documentary “˜The Laundromat’ explores Asian American stigmas surrounding mental health.

Podcast about Asian American mental health

On SoundCloud there is The Bull and the Badger Podcast, which is “an offshoot of Vanessa’s documentary called The Laundromat. April and Vanessa started this podcast to demonstrate by example that talking about mental health issues, especially ones specific to the Asian American community, does not have to be scary or sad – it can be fun and enlightening and interesting.”

Postscript

I know I’m a few years late in tracking this down. I’ve heard good chatter about it. I think it’d be a very valuable film to be made available for on-demand viewing. I’ll contact the producer and see if there’s more info to share.

Like the Facebook Page for Updates

Okay, I’ve contacted them via the Facebook page for The Laundromat Documentary and got a quick response—

Hi DJ, unfortunately, my film is not yet available to view online. We’re working on a plan for that in the coming year, so if you’ve already liked this page, then you’ll receive an update once it becomes more widely available. … Thanks for your interest and hope to update the page with good news in 2018.

 

Asian Americans’ growing influence

This is a letter published in Inheritance Magazine, December 2012 – mirrored from web.archive.org/web/20140701175714/http://inheritancemag.com/cover-stories/a-new-frontier/1327

A New Frontier

Asian Americans are on the cusp of something big.

Historians William Strauss and Neil Howe studied American generations as far back as 1584. Based on their findings, they took some guesses at what future generations would look like. Some thought they were more like horoscope experts.

But when they took a stab at what the Millennial generation (b. 1981-2002) would look like as adults, there was a shocking similarity from when they were at their oldest and when they were 10 years old. In their book Generations, they predicted that Asian Americans would be “a major cultural and intellectual force” by 2025 — like the German descendants in the 1880s and 1890s, and their Jewish counterparts of the 1930s and 1940s.

There are certainly critics of Strauss and Howe’s findings and conclusions, which I can’t get into right now. But I will go on record to say this:

I think they’re on to something.

For example — and yes, I’m writing in huge generalities — many Jewish immigrants that came to this country were seamstresses and tailors. Their children, brought up with an emphasis on education, were a more professional class. This generation started many of the most prominent investment banks and law firms in our country. The short time of their social and economic climb is rather unique in American history. The next generation? Prominent filmmakers, authors, actors, musicians, and scholars.

The prosperity of the previous generation helped sponsor the next generation’s creativity.

See a pattern?

Many Asian immigrants started work here as dry cleaners, tailors, grocery store owners and other similar professions. Their children, with an emphasis on education, took on more professional roles, and were encouraged to become doctors, lawyers or engineers. With their prosperity, the next generation is poised to make their cultural and intellectual marks on the culture.

It’s going to be big.

We’re seeing the beginning of this. Asian Americans are filling our colleges and universities, and are becoming influential in their fields, some taking leadership in these academic institutions. But it’s also happening in culture: Justin Lin is directing Hollywood blockbusters. Far East Movement went multi-platinum. Russell Peters, an Indian Canadian comedian, is big throughout the world. And for ballers, I only need to write two words: Jeremy Lin. (He’s an InterVarsity Asian American Ministries alum, by the way. I couldn’t help myself.)

And yes, Asian American Christians are taking their place in traditionally white campus ministries and churches. They’re writing books, filling seminary posts, planting and preaching in megachurches. And our professionals are writing about faith for wider audiences: Michael Luo, in a personal article for The New York Times titled “Faith, Pride, and Points”,  wrote about a phenomena called “Asian American Christianity.”

It’s happening.

But my hope is that Asian American Christians will also find their God-given creativity as well, and release it into the broader world.

Where I am going with this?

What if missions and the arts weren’t divorced, but were fully reconciled with each other? How do Asian Americans keep from succumbing to the temptations of greatness, yet use what we’ve been given to bless others? And what if we, with the growing cultural power we will accumulate, would use our prosperity and creativity to heal a hurting world in Jesus’ name?

 

The answer to this question is one huge reason why this year’s Urbana is important. This year’s vision is: “to compel this generation to give their whole lives for God’s global mission.”

Imagine our whole lives — our work, our resources, our education, our passions, our gifts, our dreams — into the work of God, playing our part in God’s unfolding drama of redemption.

Urbana 12 can stoke this kind of prophetic imagination.

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship — a movement of nearly 38,000 core students and faculty on almost 580 campuses, and the U.S. member of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) — has co-hosted the Urbana Student Missions Conference every three years since 1946 — except in 2000, when the Y2K scare pushed the conference one year back. Since then, nearly a quarter of a million delegates have been challenged to seek their place in God’s global mission.

 

If you’re looking for your place in the world, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more stimulating environment. It’s a place to experience the musical worship of many different cultures, blending and mixing and praising in a fusion of cultural and heavenly delight. Great speakers, like David Platt, will challenge us to a different vision of life. Even more practically, missions agencies from all over the world help you figure out where you can worship and serve. You can figure out what it means to be a businessperson overseas for the Kingdom, or seek out where justice and spirituality meet, or find a community that loves the world’s urban poor, or explore where creativity and spirituality meet to advance God’s kingdom.

It’s a banquet table of missional dreams. And the good news is that there’s a place at the table for Asian Americans.

At our last Urbana in 2009, just shy of a quarter of the delegates were of Asian descent, including South Asians. It’s great to see how the Asian American umbrella must continue to increase: we are not just Far East Asians any more. We are also South Asians, South East Asians, and Pacific Islanders.

 

And now that we’re looking ahead, Urbana 12 will be the first Urbana led by an Asian American. Tom Lin currently serves as InterVarsity’s Vice President of Missions and the Director of Urbana. And he’s got the chops: he planted a student movement in Mongolia with IFES, and helped plant 16 new InterVarsity chapters stateside — in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa. For an Asian American, talk about cross-cultural. And he also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board for Wycliffe Bible Translators and as the Lausanne International Deputy Director for North America. He’s a great example of an Asian American Christian contributing to God’s global purposes.

He’s someone who’s gone ahead of us. And at Urbana, you can meet many, many more. To meet others, you’ll not only have the Exhibitor’s Hall, but you can also come to the Asian American Ministries Lounge at Urbana. We’ve got new, exciting things this year. One part of the Urbana AAM Lounge will be brimming with content, with 32 8-minute talks from Asian Christian leaders. We’ll also feature “arts spotlights”, where we’ll gather a panel of authors, musicians, and poets — while even having an open mic! We’ll also host ethnic-specific gatherings, particularly for the South Asian, Filipino, and Hmong communities.

The other part of the Lounge will be more of a social side, with food and a chance to unwind and relax. Still, there will be a “Genius Bar” of sorts — though we’re going to have to come up with a better name by then — where you can come and ask any question about doing ministry to and by Asian Americans and get consulting from experienced leaders. Come, bring your friends or your church group, and make connections with other leaders and delegates who are doing great work around the world.

If you make Urbana your next stop, come with your belt a little loosened and your pants a bit baggy, because you’ll end up at quite a banquet.

And possibly, you may start with God’s leading, to make your mark as well.

Your brother in Christ,
James Choung
National Director, InterVarsity
Asian American Ministries

 

Churches in Montgomergy County, Maryland aka MoCo

It took me hours to find interesting churches in the Rockville or Gaithersburg or Germantown area of Maryland during a recent visit. (I had to use creative Google searches and additional research to find all of these; #btw there’s a good church search at faithstreet.com) Here’s short list of MoCo churches in Maryland:

Journey’s Crossing http://journeyscrossing.org/ @ Germantown

GO Church http://mygochurch.com @ Germantown

Restoration Church http://www.restoration.church @ Gaithersburg #new

Connection Church connectionchurchmd.org @ Rockville

Streams of Hope Church streamsofhopechurch.org @ Gaithersburg

Northgate Community Church http://northgatecc.org @ Montgomery Village

Mosaic Community Church mosaicsilverspring.org @ Silver Spring

Lifechurch of Maryland www.l3church.com @ Germantown

Rock Creek Church http://www.rcreek.com

Cedar Creek http://www.cedarbrook.org/ @ Clarksburg

The Cause Church thecausechurch.org/ @ Elkridge

Seneca Creek Community Church senecacreek.org

MBC Montgomery County
https://www.mcleanbible.org/locations/montgomery-county

The Well Community Church thewellsilverspring.org @ Silver Spring

WASHINGTON DC

Grace Meridian Hill http://www.gracemeridianhill.org

3 Strands Community Church 3strandschurch.org

The District Church http://www.districtchurch.org/

Mosaic Church http://www.mosaicchurchdc.org/

NORTHERN VIRGINIA

DC Metro Church http://www.dcmetro.org/ @ Fairfax

Hillendale Baptist Church http://www.hillendalebaptist.org/ @ Dale City, CA

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Since I can typically only attend one or two worship services on a weekend, I have to be selective in choosing the ones that are most interesting, in terms of music,  preaching, and multiethnic diversity.

I know there are many older traditional churches than newer contemporary churches. The older churches better served people who have already been part of that church for a long time, be it years or decades. Newer churches have better odds of being more creative and more conscientious of visitors and newcomers.

Just writing this blog post to save you time on your search. And, make some good churches easier to find.

Also see this list of the most popular churches in the metro DC area: djchuang.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/most-popular-churches-in-the-metro-washington-dc-area/

How to love and serve millennials and vice versa

I’m en route to Tampa for the Exponential East church planting conference exponential.org this week and have a few thoughts to share. This annual event, now bi-coastal and twice a year, has unarguably been instrumental in equipping and inspiring and mobilizing people and churches for the imminent future of churches in America and around the world.

For those privileged to be there in person, I’d love to connect with you in person: I have a workshop on Wed 4/29 morning, and a free lunch on Tues 4/28 hosted by ReGenerant Network + Ambassador Network + EFCA __ rsvp at http://expoeastaacp.splashthat.com

At Exponential, the Social Media team will be live-blogging and posting to exponential.org/sharedexperience with Great Congerencing Tips and the official hashtag is #exponential on Twitter and instagram.

Plus, Exponential will have a free livestream video of all main sessions live.exponential.org – and also a digital pass for archive access. Or, host a watch party for free http://www.exponential.org/proven-tips-for-hosting-the-exponential-east-15-webcast/ to expoentially multiply the value of the experience for your whole leadership team!

From recent conversations I’ve been a part of, there’s of chatter in the marketing world, business world, and church world about demographic shifts and what organizations must do to adjust for this new reality, specifically the different values of the next generation known as the millennials. Links: my list of churches reaching millennials, #20schurch book about the millennial church tour. And got to hear Dave Ferguson tell the back story of his new book, HPFTWBTG.

I found it quite amazing how these two books echoed parallel themes for engaging millennials with an authentic Christian faith. HPFTWBTG describes the 5 longings in people’s lives & hearts, particular millennials, and the 5 awakenings that are essential to loving & serving them and also for millennials to experience true love that’s more than enough, and connect them to the way that makes life fully authentic, meaningful, purposeful, valuable, and satisfying.

2 MVPs (most valuable publications) for real practical ways for spiritually engaging millennials. Hoping to meet & greet all the authors at Exponential for their good work.

#aside

Yes, it’s 2015, blogging this via my mobile tablet, and finding it very hard to add links easily for references above. kinda bummed that in this increasing mobile world, that long-form written thoughts on blogs is so difficult to do, compared to photos on Instagram or tweets on Twitter… yes, short-form content has its place, but I sure want long-form content to have a place on mobile too.. trying to use this WordPress app on Android for months on my djchuang.com self-hosted blog, and it hasn’t worked for a long time.. at least it connects now.. so i’m doing what I can here on my alternate blog on wordpress.com to at least get my thoughts out to the world asap.. give Google and Bing a head start to crawl and index this.. then later will have to mirror it over to djchuang.com when I have time for a laptop connection to make the links pretty and so on..

Asian American Quadrilateral – a framework to better understand ministry contexts

practical theology method for the task of constructing local theologies in Asian American contexts, which will be framed as the interaction of four key layers, the Asian American Quadrilateral:

  1. (1) Asian religious and cultural heritages,
  2. (2) Contemporary American culture,
  3. (3) Immigration/post-immigration experience, and
  4. (4) Racialization

http://schedule.fuller.edu/registrar/schedule/ecdtemp.asp?ECD=%2Fsot%2Fecds%2F151%2FTM528_Lee.html

http://fuller.edu/offices/aai/asian-american-quadrilateral-(aaq)/

Redemption Point, a church for Fountain Valley and Westminster, California

Redemption Point Church is reaching people in the Fountain Valley and Westminster, California area, known as Little Saigon, particularly English-speaking Vietnamese Americans. Website http://redemptionpoint.us Sermon videos vimeo.com/user4397298

About Redemption Point via redemptionpoint.us/about

We are the English speaking offspring of the immigrants (mostly Vietnamese), who now find it is easier to express ourselves in English. Therefore we congregate to take a keenly look at God and how He is working in our midst. After all, if there is an eternal heaven or hell, wouldn’t that be the most important thing to consider?

As we look around, we see many fractured relationships: in family, between generations, among the churches, in different cultures – isolations in society. But the “Good News” (in which the Bible called it “Gospel”) is this: all can be (and will be) restored when God reconcile our broken relationship to Him.

Redemption Point worship services are on Sunday night 6pm at Coastal church on the corner of Slater and Ward in Fountain Valley, California.