I first wanted to talk to my friend Sue during the rising tension with North Korea. Sue is a Korean-American and good friend who works with me from time to time in the area of cultural competence.
I wanted you, my audience, to understand how cultural dynamics are at play and how U.S. rhetoric could be making things worse. Then Charlotte happened. Often we see racial issues in the country as black and white. Now we have added the Latino community. But how do these issues affect other minority groups such as our friends from Southeast Asia? Sue and I discuss the Korean conflict, Black & Asian interactions, Charlotte, and what it means when Koreans say, “bap hankki mukja” trans- Let’s eat rice together,.
ABOUT MY GUEST
SUE PARK-HUR, Co-Director: Sue is a Korean American born in Seoul, but raised in Los Angeles since 1980. One of the pivotal points in her life was witnessing the Rodney King Riots in LA while she was a sophomore at UCLA. The racial, social, and economic tensions in the city were cries for the work of reconciliation. This experience helped Sue to understand the crucial role the church can play in the work of God reconciling the world to Himself. Afterwards, Sue completed her Master’s degree at Wheaton College, where she studied spiritual formation and intercultural studies.
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