Pacific Islander & Asian American Ministries (PAAM) at United
Asian and Asian Americans are family members of United. In 2023, we have the following events and devotions to honor Asian American Heritage Month.
2023 PAAM Theme
A contextual conflict and convergence of views
May 21 is Pacific Islander and Asian American Heritage Sunday worship. The service music selections adopt various composers who have AAPI background and heritage. The message that day is titled "Provision for the poor", from scripture Psalm 68:1-10, 33-36.
* photo credit Chicago Solidarity with Hong Kong 芝援香港 (Facebook page)
Music is the bridge to the cross-cultural conversations. In 2023, we invite folks to join this interactive concert, to experience, to meditate, and to have dialogues on Saturday, May 20th at 3 pm. This concert is co-hosted by the United Church of Hyde Park and the Taiwanese Association of America the Greater Chicago Chapter, and sponsored by the Culture Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago.
Musician Bio: A native of Taiwan, Tzu-Tsen Wu is a plucked-string multi-instrumentalist specializing in Zhong Ruan (中阮) and Liu Qin (柳琴). Her playing style is informed through her Taiwanese roots but also heavily influenced through her studies of various other world music styles and ensembles, including as well - western jazz and classical music. She is an active world music specialist tour around Asia and United States as solo virtuoso, a member of Ruan and Hide and Saregama ensemble. She is also a permanent musician of the Chicago Immigrant Orchestra (Chicago Reader’s “Best World Music Act” of 2021) and serves as the current Artistic Program Coordinator for The Chinese Fine Arts Society of Chicago. As a music educator, she presently serves as Adjunct Professor of Music at Oakton Community College in addition to running the Jade Chinese Music Ensemble at the University of Chicago. She performs and collaborates regularly and has co-authored a children’s music textbook commissioned by the United Arab Emirates' Ministry of Education.
2022 PAAM Theme
주의 종들 여기에 (Korean)
Here, O Lord, your servants gather (English)
Original Words: Yamaguchi Tokuo, Japan 1958
Composer: Koizumi Isao, Japan 1958
A Reflection on Injustice at Home and Asian American Heritage Month
2022 PAAM Sunday Worship Service
A letter from our friend, Pam Hashimoto.
(click the PDF icon above to download the letter)
May 7 joint event recap (discussion section)
Injustice at home – Japanese Americans’ life at incarceration camps and how we can move toward a nation of racial justice together
United Church of Hyde Park and Christ Church of Chicago co-host this hybrid event.
* about PBS-KSPS documentary: Injustice at Home (length 58 minutes) (on-air - Feb 19, 2019)
2021 PAAM Sunday worship service at United
2021 PAAM Theme
하늘 나는 새를 보라 (Korean)
See the birds as they fly (English)
Original Words: Frederick Scheibler Miller
Composer: Nah Young-Soo, Korea 1983
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