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How Asian Americans Can Gain a Voice in the Conversation

This is an important conversation starter, as Asian American Christian ministry leaders begin to engage in a public discussion about racial dynamics of evangelicalism. There’s a lot more Asian Americans have to contribute. I like his reflections beyond diagnosing the problems and coming up with several suggestions that could gain traction.. kudos.

Raymond Chang

If you’ve been following the conversation on Lecrae’s reverse exodus from white evangelicalism, you will know the following has taken place:

  1. Lecrae released his new album, “All Things Work Together”
  2. Lecrae mentioned his divorce from white evangelicalism on a Truth’s Table interview.
  3. John Piper wrote an article on Desiring God and Christianity today responding to Lecrae’s departure from white evangelicalism expressing his gratitude for Lecrae’s faith, asking questions about the role of racial identity development in the church, and asking what Lecrae’s loosening from white evangelicalism means for multi-ethnic relations.
  4. I responded to the question about what Lecrae’s loosening from White Evangelicalism means to multi-ethnic relations in an open letter to John Piper.
  5. Bryan Loritts’ responded affirming what was written in my open letter, while also expressing his exhaustion being in white evangelical spaces. He then called for people of color to create their own spaces and invite…

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finding conversations about the Bible and about God

Did you find this blog post as one of the WordPress tags? Or because you follow this blog on wordpress.com? Or something else?

If you’d be so kind to add a comment and let me know how you got here, that would help me figure out how to better tag and present mu blog posts on the Bible or whatever topic.

There are so many ways to find content these days beyond the search engine. Different apps and websites call it Explore or Discover. I can’t count them all. I know lots of people are spending lots of time on Facebook, but that doesn’t necessarily means there are not people here browsing for content on wordpress.com.

Following WordPress Tags

Today I was intrigued by the WordPress.com tags and how you can click on popular tags or follow specific ones in your WordPress reader. This link to Bible shows you the most recent posts tagged with the Bible tag. Or, in the Bible category. Yes, tags and categories are almost interchangeable in the wordpress system.

Bible tag

Blogging my conversations with God

Started a blog at demystifying.bible a couple months ago. Yes, that is a real domain name, a real web address, pretty neat, eh?

I’m discovering that by using my own words in talking with God, that, this has helped me to be more engaged in prayer. And that’s a good thing. I’m finding that it’s boosted my spiritual life to converge prayer and writing and talking. Along the way, this has furthered a discovery of my prayer language.

If prayer can be thought of as having a conversation with God, then it should be okay to talk with God in my own words the way I talk and think and feel. After all, a number of people are doing that with the Bible, paraphrasing it and publishing new Bible versions to make the Bible more understandable. Surely, making prayer more understandable to the person that is praying can only be helpful.

Read more about the origins of this experimental project that is running for 30 weeks, join it already in progress. And follow along there at demystifying.bible.

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.

 

skype screen sharing not working mac

I was on a Skype video conference call recently, and was ready to do a screen share to talk about a spreadsheet on my screen. I went to my menu bar and couldn’t find the Screen Share command any more. This is on a Mac, a MacBook Air, to be specific.

What happened?

I’m using Skype version 8.12.0.14 on Mac OSX 10.11.6 (15G18013).

After I searched and searched, eventually found the answer in Skype support.

The Share Screen command is now under the (+) symbol at the bottom of the screen, next to the video button, the hangup button, and the mute button—going from right to left. Not real intuitive for some.

I’ll add a screen shot when I can find someone on Skype to test it out with me.

What are the text effect keywords on Facebook?

There are special keywords like congratulations and rad that change colors and have animated effects appear on your screen when used on a Facebook timeline. Officially, they’re called Text Effects.

Here’s the Facebook trigger words in English (as of 12/07/17):

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References for Facebook Text Effects

The lists of current Facebook trigger words (which is what I’d like to call them) are compiled from these 2 sources—

Facebook animated special words (Mashable)

All the Keywords That Activate Facebook’s Text Delight Animations (@owenyin) — this has a list of trigger words in other languages besides English

Note that these don’t work on every device or platform. They tend to work best on a desktop or laptop. Your mileage may vary on mobile browser, or mobile app, or iOS, or Android, or iPad.

From what I can tell, these Facebook hot words do not work in Messenger or private message; only in the timeline posts and comments.

Don’t like Text Effects on Facebook?

You can turn off text effects in your timeline posts and comments by selecting the pull-down menu on upper right, and select Remove Text Effects.

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Why Facebook Introduces New Features

Why, you might ask? The overarching goal of Facebook is to increase the time people stay on Facebook. Once they have your time and your presence, they can do other things in front of you and behind the scenes. Or, as one of the Facebook founders, Sean Parker, has revealed:

“The thought process that went into building these applications, Facebook being the first of them, … was all about: ‘How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?‘” … and “exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology.”

Museum of the Bible: Tips for Visitors

My family enjoyed a great visit to Museum of the Bible during its first week of opening in Washington DC, on Black Friday 2017 at that. Having had a great first visit, and it’s estimated to take at least 9 days to see everything in the museum, I shared these 7 Tips for Visiting the Museum of the Bible @ djchuang.com. I hope to visit again soon, but that’s going to be quite a haul, since I live out here in Orange County, California.

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Like the Bible itself, the museum has stirred up many debates and discussions, encouraging believers and enraging critics. You can easily find them doing a search on Google News. There’s been mixed reviews from across the spectrum of all persuasions, so that’s a good indicator that the museum curators have put together something engaging for all.

The museum hasn’t gotten a ton of chatter on the blogosphere yet, but the museum has been getting over 10,000 visitors every day so far, from what I’ve overheard. I personally think that if the museum gets the chatter about the Bible going again, hopefully with civil discussions, that can be a good thing.

I haven’t decided how much I should be tracking the discussions about the museum, though a part of me is very curious to see how people will respond and react in the weeks and months to come. Something to keep an eye on, for sure. And, maybe it’ll have a big wave of visitors during this Christmas season too. They even read the Bible at Disneyland as part of a Christmas celebration during 2 nights of the year. Maybe that’ll get a mention in a future exhibit at the museum.

 

The 36 Questions That Lead to Love

Fascinating how these researchers have come up with a set of questions that will help any couple (or 2 strangers) to feel closer with each other in about an hour. They call it an “experimentally generated relationship“—wonder how that compares to matchmaking and online relationships..

Set I

  1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
  2. Would you like to be famous? In what way?
  3. Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?
  4. What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?
  5. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?
  6. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?
  7. Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?
  8. Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common.
  9. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
  10. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?
  11. Take four minutes and tell your partner your life story in as much detail as possible.
  12. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?

See the other 2 sets of questions. (download the research paper in PDF format)

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The 36 Questions That Lead to Love

Based upon The Experimental Generation of Interpersonal Closeness, A Procedure and Some Preliminary Findings.

Set I

  1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
  2. Would you like to be famous? In what way?
  3. Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?
  4. What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?
  5. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?
  6. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?
  7. Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?
  8. Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common.
  9. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
  10. If…

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