To close out season 6, our longest running season of Erasing Shame, let’s introduce you to Victoria Cheng, who will be our season 7 co-host! She shares about her own mental health journey and what we can look forward to in the new season, as continue having honest and candid conversations about healthy living.
We explore the topic of perfectionism with Dr. Kenneth T. Wang (Professor of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary) by first understanding what it is (did you know there are 2 core dimensions?) and then how do we stop obsessing over perfectionism so we can be more humane and sane with ourselves and one another.
• Los Angeles AAPI Therapists https://www.aapitherapistsla.com
Listen in on this great conversation on a new episode of Erasing Shame with Dr. Judy Cha about how our identity is shaped, the pains we experience as Asian Americans, what the path to heart transformation looks like, how to have a hope that takes us through all of life’s challenges, and more!
And, you’ll hear it here first about her brand new book, “Who You Are: Internalizing the Gospel to Find Your True Identity” https://amzn.to/46dzwB7
“Who You Are: Internalizing the Gospel to Find Your True Identity” by Judy Cha https://amzn.to/46dzwB7
Redeemer Counseling Services redeemercounseling.com
The path of healing for those of us who have mental health challenges can sometimes be confusing with differing opinions and convictions about the best methods of treatment. The reality is that what works for one person may not work for another person. And, the powerful resources of spirituality is often ignored in secular spaces of psychotherapy.
Dr. Elena E. Kim, a psychologist in New York City, explains how spirituality and psychology are signficant for the healing process and shares the three key ingredients for personal transformation that matter most.
Kim, Elena E., Cha, J., & Keller, T. (2023). Gospel-centered integrated framework for therapy: Foundation, description, research findings, and application. In P. S. Richards, G. E. K. Allen, & D. K. Judd (Eds.), Handbook of spiritually integrated psychotherapies (pp. 213–230). American Psychological Association. https://doi.org/10.1037/0000338-011
Kim, Elena E., & Chen, E. C. (2022). Task analysis of a christian-integrated psychotherapy framework. Psychotherapy, 59(3), 363–373. https://doi.org/10.1037/pst0000406
Kim, Elena E., Chen, E. C., & Brachfeld, C. (2019). Patients’ experience of spirituality and change in individual psychotherapy at a Christian counseling clinic: A grounded theory analysis. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 6(2), 110–123. https://doi.org/10.1037/scp0000176
What is it like for a Christian to work in the corporate world, and in the Silicon Valley at that? Alex Tran has been there for years and he shares from his experiences of showing up with faith at the office.
Plus, you’ll hear first hand about how he has started working as a life coach to help Asian Americans to experience healing, wholeness, and empowerment.
Alex & Grace’s website withthetrans.com
Life Coaching with Alex Tran withthetrans.com/consulting-alex
Let’s Unpack That podcast withthetrans.com/letsunpack
Content Warning | Trigger Warning: Domestic Violence
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Therapist Linda Yoon talks about what’s hard to talk: with family violence and intimate partner violence. Physical violence and abuse is so wrong, even criminal, but getting out to safety has extra challenges in an Asian or Asian American home.
Thank you Linda for being brave to break the silence and bringing this issue to light. We hope your experiences will give someone the courage to wisely seek help and find healing.
National Domestic Violence Helpline 1-800-799-7233
24-Hour Multilingual Helpline (run by Center for the Pacific Asian Family) 1-800-339-3940
Center for the Pacific Asian Family nurturingchange.org/intervention
Korean American Family Services – Gender Based Violence Program (including lawyer) kfamla.org/programs/gender-based-violence
Violence Against Women Act nnedv.org/content/violence-against-women-act/
To tackle the mental health challenges in Asian American communities in the Chicago area, Pastor Dave Lee and Psychotherapist Irene Cho have hosted quarterly gatherings called PACT since 2018. Starting out as Pastors And Counselors Together, now it has grown into Pastors, Academicians, and Counselors Together.
This is a most inspiring model for what can be easily done in other cities, regions, and localities to accelerate better care and support for the mental health needs in our Asian American churches.
If you know pastors, academicians, and counselors, share this episode! If you know someone in the Chicago area that should connect at the next PACT gathering, please contact Pastor Dave or Irene.
Pastor Dave Lee of Harvest Community Church (Hoffman Estates, IL) harvest-community.org
Community of Asian American Therapists in Chicagoland (non-faith) caatch.info
Steve Hong of Kingdom Rice, with co-host DJ Chuang, really get into the hefty topic of shame and honor cultures, the value of our origin stories, how God reverses our shame and elevates us to a place of honor, and much more.
We can’t cover everything in 30 minutes, but we sure covered more about shame and honor than the average episode, with plenty of bibliographical citations sprinkled throughout. Level up for this meaty conversation about honor and shame.
Kingdom Rice https://kingdomrice.org
Chinatown Through the Eyes of God: An Evening of Storytelling, Healing, and Solidarity https://kingdomrice.org/2021/05/19/chinatown-through-the-eyes-of-god-an-evening-of-storytelling-healing-and-solidarity/
“Honor, Shame, and the Gospel: Reframing Our Message and Ministry“—edited by Christopher Flanders and Werner Mischke, includes a chapter by Steve Hong [order on amazon.com]
More show notes from Steve Hong & Kingdom Rice:
- “Steve’s virtual background is SF’s Chinatown, specifically the Chinese hospital where he was born. Chinatown started at SF’s original port because they could not live anywhere else. This newsletter highlights the bus line made famous from Shang-Chi’s opening fight scene that connects Chinatown with “New Chinatown,” the first ‘hood AAPI that transcended decades of red-lining. How does the story of Chinatown and the Shang-Chi bus line tie into the Story of God? – https://us7.campaign-archive.com/?u=fa087337cc3c4249cebd6c318&id=01e438005b
- Regarding AAPI mental health, here is a snapshot of Kingdom Rice’s work: https://mailchi.mp/4cf0d78e3e5a/innovative-trauma-care-to-the-frontlines-via-bipoc-leaders?e=f6b54cfee7
- This book helped frame their mission statement, especially the idea that “We don’t need new revelation as much as we need new relationships” amazon.com/Acts-Theological-Commentary-Bible-Belief/dp/0664234003
- We’ve ALL been discipled. It would really serve us to name how our instincts have been discipled so that we can replace these old teachers with Jesus. dwillard.org/books/divine-conspiracy
- Regarding the HUGE role that cities and AAPI play in God’s Kingdom, no one heard of K-pop when this book was written. But Dr. Bakke named “urbanization” and “Asianization” as the “twin engines driving the planet away from the Atlantic-centered world and toward the Pacific-Rim century. amazon.com/Theology-City-Prof-Raymond-Bakke/dp/0830818901
Thanks to Pastor Jin Lee (of Mustard Seed Generation and Catalyst Coalition) for joining DJ Chuang for this lively Erasing Shame conversation; and, hosting a lunch meeting in Atlanta on Monday 8/28 for AAPI church leaders, mental health professionals, nonprofit leaders, people with lived experiences, and YOU! Yes, there’s such a thing as a free lunch!
Please RSVP at tinyurl.com/aapi828 .
Get Out the Prayer: please pray with us for the grant inquiry we’ve submitted for a 3-year project to launch national and local partnerships for AAPI churches, mental health professionals, researchers, and nonprofits.
Subscribe to email updates from CAMH (Christian Asian Mental Health) at https://camh.substack.com
‘’The evidence summarised in this report shows that People with Lived Experience (PWLE) are the key change agents for stigma reduction’’ from “The Lancet Commission on ending stigma and discrimination in mental health” (2022) https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(22)01470-2
“Cross-national comparisons of increasing suicidal mortality rates for Koreans in the Republic of Korea and Korean Americans in the USA, 2003–2012” in Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences. (2018) https://doi.org/10.1017%2FS2045796016000792
61% of the suicides in the world occur in Asia, cf. “Suicide and mental disorders in Asia” in International Review of Psychiatry (2005) https://doi.org/10.1080/09540260500074735
New book by Dr. Anita Phillips – The Garden Within: Where the War with Your Emotions Ends and Your Most Powerful Life Begins
Community of Asian American Therapists in Chicagoland (CAATCH) www.caatch.info
Asian American Christian Network of Atlanta (AACNA) https://www.facebook.com/groups/aacna/
Lillian Victoria Ng shares about how she made it through so many personal challenges like childhood struggles, losing everything, divorce, depression, and finding the way to renewing her mind and growing a faith that has brought healing and peace to her life. She can now say how everything will work out beautifully if you allow it. She currently works as a mindset coach.