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Healing from trauma is possible and here’s where to start

Many of us Asians and Asian Americans have experienced trauma in our lives, from recent events as well as from past events, possibly even from generations past.

This short episode answers 2 basic questions: What is trauma? How do we begin to heal from our trauma?

Thanks to the Trauma Healing Institute traumahealingbasics.org and their free resources via Creative Commons share-alike license, they share 3 questions to ask someone who is hurting. Learn how to listen to people who are in pain.

And we close this episode with a reading of the Asian American Christian Collaborative Statement on the Gun Violence in Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay—https://www.asianamericanchristiancollaborative.com/statement-on-the-gun-violence-in-monterey-park-and-half-moon-bay

Show Notes

Download free resources from traumahealingbasics.org:

  • Trauma Healing Basics Discussion Guide
  • 3 simple questions, and listening without offering judgment or solutions
  • Recognizing Trauma

Watch the videos

What is trauma? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ5D4-OYpxo

Healing from Trauma https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e53Psjl0Pe0

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Why Becoming a Mother is So Challenging with Fertility Issues and More

(content warning: this episode talks about infertility and sexuality)

Dr. Jessica Cho shares her experiences and research into options for women seeking to be a mother, but have infertility and fertility issues, and the many challenging considerations involved with options like domestic adoption through the child welfare system, foster children, international cross-cultural adoption, fertility treatment, or remaining childless. We talk about how this affects our faith and identity in Christ, and how God gives hope in the midst of one’s sorrows, griefs, and yearnings.

Show Notes

Dr. Jessica Cho – A New Leaf Counseling

More Than Love: Adopting and Surviving Attachment Disorder Children by Sherril M. Stone

It Takes More than Love: A Christian Guide to Navigating the Complexities of Cross-Cultural Adoption by Brittany Salmon

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Improving Mental Health for Asian Americans and Our Pursuit of Happiness

Dr. David Chao shares about the pioneering work of the Center of Asian American Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary that’s paving the way for Asian Americans to more fully experience the abundant life. These four main focal areas are: race, mental health, discipleship, and leadership.

And, you’re invited to join a free online conference on January 19, 2023, “The Pursuit of Asian American Happiness: Improving Mental Health in the Asian American Church” to get inspired and equipped – get more info and register at https://pts.events/2023-mental-health-conference/

Show Notes

book: “Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation: On the Social and Psychic Lives of Asian Americans” by David L. Eng and Shinhee Han

Free Online Conference on January 19, 2023—”The Pursuit of Asian American Happiness: Improving Mental Health in the Asian American Church

Promotional videos about the 2023 Mental Health Conference https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ee6NTdf2gag&list=PLxGLEaf5FKyEKa5QHjKdOA5T2KP4RaBUL

Previously on Erasing Shame, watch or listen to how Lighthouse Counseling Network provides subsidized Christian therapy for Asian Americans erasingshame.com/how-asian-american-churches-and-christian-counselors-can-work-better-together/

Center for Asian American Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary https://caac.ptsem.edu + their YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/@centerforasianamericanchri1505/ + their podcast https://anchor.fm/ptscaac includes previous talks and presentations about Asian American Christian mental health

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How to have family time that is full of delight instead of duty

Yes we Asian and Asian Americans have strong family values, but that often comes out of duty rather than delight. For those of us who are young parents, the question to consider is this: when our children grow up, with they love being with us, or will it feel like an obligation?

Dr. Jessica Cho shares about how to grow relationships by practicing emotional availability during those early years of parenting young children, and how that’s so valuable in the long run. And then when those children become adults, the’ll love being with their parents, and vice versa, full of joy and delight and obliged to visit their parents out of duty.

Show Notes

Dr. Jessica Cho – A New Leaf Counseling anewleafcounseling.org 

Background music = Cello Suite no. 1 – Prelude in G, BWV 1007 performed by Colin Carr is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0. https://musopen.org/music/3998-cello-suite-no-1-in-g-major-bwv-1007/

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How to Get What You Really Want in a Marriage?

Dr. Jessica Cho chats with DJ Chuang about how marriage can be much more than a perfunctory or functional stage of life between adulting and parenting. Listen to this episode for how you can enjoy your marriage with your partner and experience the naked-and-unashamed intimacy that the Bible talks about in the beginning. Learn what emotional connectedness looks and feels like up close.

Show Notes

Dr. Jessica Cho – A New Leaf Counseling anewleafcounseling.org 

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Family Time around Christmas Doesn’t Have to be Dramatic Like K-Drama

Jeanie Chang of Noona’s Noonchi chats with DJ Chuang about how the Christmas holidays is the annual tradition that gathers family together physically but sometimes it’s not the smoothest sleigh ride in town. How can being family time be a better opportunity for meaningful conversations and growing healthy relationships rather than steering into family drama? That’s what we talk about, having bite-sized morsels of intentional thoughts shared with kindness and firmness that have the potential to grow over time into the quality time, joy, and appreciation for the people we belong with in family.

Show Notes

Noona’s Noonchi noonasnoonchi.com • “a deep dive of your favorite K-Dramas from a mental health perspective”

Connect with Jeanie Chang at Your Change Provider yourchangeprovider.com • speaker, therapist, author

Jeanie Chang’s book “A is for Authentic: Not for Anxieties or for Straight A’s” https://amzn.to/3v9EDBf

How Korean Culture Went Global on NPR’s Thoughtline npr.org/2022/09/06/1121364712/how-korean-culture-went-global

Background music = Cello Suite no. 1 – Prelude in G, BWV 1007 performed by Colin Carr is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0. https://musopen.org/music/3998-cello-suite-no-1-in-g-major-bwv-1007/

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Going from Marketing at MTV to Serving on the Mission Field and Working in Mental Health

Dr. Jessica Cho shares her back story of going from marketing at MTV to the mission field in Japan (where they used talk therapy as part of ministry outreach) and becoming a mental health professional, with a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree and also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Tuck in your earbuds and listen to quite the adventure in how faith and work come together in her life. We also discuss navigating the many roles and careers in the mental health world and how does someone choose or decide.

Dr. Jessica Cho’s private practice is A New Leaf Counseling https://www.anewleafcounseling.org and her clinical specialties are in the areas of Anxiety, Relational/Marital Discord, Fertility, Adoption Triad, and Grief & Loss. Dr. Cho is a second generation Korean-American who understands the melding of multiple generations and cultural complexities.


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The Best Way to Bring Mental Health to Korean Americans

Pastor Jin Lee poignantly shares the urgent need for mental health among Korean American communities, opening with an alarming statistic. Jin serves as an executive board member of Mustard Seed Generation (MSG), a nonprofit ministry that is training Korean American churches to be strategically caring and supporting communities for those who struggle with mental health by providing all of its programming in English and Korean languages. MSG’s impact has already exceeded tens of thousands and recognized by national leaders. 

And you don’t have to be Korean American to benefit from the valuable training and resources that MSG offers. Our hope is that MSG will be a great example that inspires other Asian language communities to develop programs to advance care and compassion in their churches too.

Plus, you’re invited to join their virtual event on December 8, 2022, a fundraiser that will be fun and inspiring as MSG goes from a moment to a movement. Register for free at https://www.lovemsg.org

• Mustard Seed Generation mustardseedgeneration.org

• About Jin Lee mustardseedgeneration.org/en/the-board#block-yui_3_17_2_1_1664174964994_332819

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How a Safe Community Gives Strength to Overcome Addictions and Mental Health Struggles

NewStory Church in Los Angeles, California, hosts a ministry called Celebrate Recovery. One of its leaders, Peter Ma, talks about how it’s helped him and others in their process of becoming free from their hurts, habits, and hangups.

Over its history, Celebrate Recovery has helped over 7 million people around the world experience freedom in Jesus Christ, and currently over 35,000 churches have a Celebrate Recovery (CR) ministry. Plus, Cultural Communities Connections hosts a monthly live virtual event, to share resources specific to communities with Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, black, latino, indigenous, and other people of color.

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How to Take Good Care of Self and Others, with Pastor Daniel Im

Daniel Im (Lead Pastor of Beulah Alliance Church in Alberta, Canada) talks about how he manages his life, marriage, and ministry in one of the most stressful jobs there is. 

He describes how he does so much—authoring books, podcasting, pastoring, parenting, and more. And we learn about how he stays healthy emotionally and mentally, why it’s important for a pastor to have a counselor and see a therapist, as well as how to talk about difficult topics like mental health in church. 

Show Notes

• “Asking for a Friend” – message series https://beulah.ca/asking-for-a-friend/
• Beulah Alliance Church https://beulah.ca/
• Daniel Im https://www.danielim.com/

Books by Daniel Im