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Elephant Talks is a space for Asian Americans to have conversations on matters that are not openly discussed- even when we face them in our everyday lives. These topics of conversation explore various intersections between identity, faith, culture, community, passion, well-being, church, and work. Our hope is to face these areas of our lives with boldness and honesty in order to build and strengthen our community as we listen, learn, and share with one another.
*The event is not limited to Asian Americans and the themes of faith and church are generally Christian influenced. That being said, we want to welcome anyone regardless of race/ spirituality to join us in our conversations!
Saturday October 15th, 2016
Conversations begin @ 7PM
$10 – online (+ service fees)
$15 – at door.
Talks and Speakers
Judy Wu Dominick
Talk: Asian Bodies, Kingdom Citizenship, and the American Dream
Intersection: Identity + Faith
Judy is an Atlanta-based writer and speaker who helps Christians engage more lovingly and competently across racial, cultural, socioeconomic, and religious lines for the sake of fulfilling the Great Commission and achieving biblical unity. Having been raised in a traditional Taiwanese home by immigrant parents and socialized in majority-white American institutions, she considers herself a third culture kid. This third-culture orientation serves as an important guide in her work. She has had over 20 years of ministry experience as a lay person in both mono-cultural and multicultural contexts.
Judy completed a B.A. in History at Rice University in 1994, an M.S. in Epidemiology at the University of Texas School of Public Health in 1997, and an M.S. in Physician Assistant studies at Baylor College of Medicine in 1999. She worked as a physician assistant at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston from 2000-2007 and then independently in the field of alternative medicine until 2014. She resides in Atlanta with her husband, daughter, and mother-in-law.
Jinny Choe, M.Div
Talk: Torn Between Two Worlds: Where do I Belong?
Intersection: Identity + Well-being
Jinny Choe is currently a Th.D Student in Pastoral Counseling at Emory University. She has been giving care to families and individuals at various hospitals as a chaplain for three years and as a therapist for four.
She is the founder and director of Red Door Ministry, a counseling ministry at KCPC, where she sees clients from both within and outside the church.
Using secular psychological and spiritual theories, she is interested in bringing wholeness and freedom to those struggling with the challenges experienced by the Asian-American community. Jinny has also been a children’s pastor for the past ten years. For her free time, she enjoys cooking, creating art projects, playing guitar and hiking.
Talk: Porn: Pain or Panacea?
Intersection: Well-Being + Culture + Community
Jimmy is a native ATLien that lives with his beautiful wife Yuni and their three kids, Jules, J.J., and Emmy in Cumming, GA. While he works at UPS as a Manager, Jimmy’s passion is serving his community, in its many settings, through his gifts of peace-making, mentoring and leadership. His desire is to see people truly live out the scripture passage, ‘If the Son sets you free, you are free indeed.”
Special Guest Performer: Spoken Word
Kavi Vu is a spoken word artist who won the 5th Annual Kollaboration Atlanta Showcase.
She considers herself a storyteller who aims to inspire her audience with her passion for creative freedom, social justice, and culture. With her journalism background from the University of Georgia, she aspires to tell the stories of those who cannot tell it themselves. She believes that too many ideas are left unspoken and too many stories are going untold from generation to generation. She hopes to bridge that gap.