Reflection


Michael speaking at "Conversations towards Reconciliation" gathering, May 23, 2019.

Learning about Racial Justice as a Racial Minority

“Even as a 12-year-old, first-generation immigrant, I was already fully conditioned by whiteness.”  I shared what I’m learning about racial justice at a “Conversations towards Reconciliation” gathering hosted by the Charlottesville Clergy Collective, Thursday, May 23, 2019. I was born in Hong Kong, and my family moved to the U.S. in 1973 in anticipation of Hong Kong reverting back to […]


Black History is Our History

Black History Month has taken up new meaning for me this year. In the past, I intellectually understood why we need to set aside time to remember, acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of black people and culture in the United States. However, for most of my life, I thought Black History Month was really more for black people and their […]


Charlottesville after August 12

Charlottesville Clergy Collective after August 12 1

The first anniversary of the August 12 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville is approaching. I want to reflect on that event and highlight what the faith communities in the Charlottesville area are doing since then to address racism in our community. The events of August 11 and 12 traumatized us. We are still feeling the aftermath of those two […]


Confessions of a “moderate Christian” in Charlottesville on August 12 1

I participated in supporting the clergy response against the alt-right rally in Charlottesville. Recently, my heart was cut to the quick when I reread Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” Particularly convicting was the first of two confessions by King: “First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the […]


march at Klan rally

Planting Mustard Seeds at a Klan Rally 1

On July 8, a group affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan came to my town, Charlottesville, Virginia. They came to protest the planned removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee in one of our city parks. I’m part of the Charlottesville Clergy Collective, a group of faith leaders who have been meeting to discuss racial issues in our community. […]