In 2016, INHERITANCE Magazine, the Brehm Center, and the Fuller Asian American Initiative (now Center) came together to host Altered Egos, a conference on Gospel, Pop Culture, and Asian American Identity.
Featuring a lineup of Asian American pop culture creators, cultural commentators, and ministers, the sessions were filled with conversation surrounding Asian American identity and cultural representation. These dialogues can now be seen as prescient, taking place at a time when Fresh Off the Boat was just beginning to establish itself as an ABC family staple, and years before the success of Crazy Rich Asians and Killing Eve.
Perhaps now more timely than ever, Centered is re-posting video recordings of the Altered Egos conference, hoping that they can speak into our current cultural moment. We conclude with this video of a panel discussion between several Asian American cultural and ministry leaders, including Gene Luen Yang (National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, New Superman), Phil Yu (Angry Asian Man), Tim Ouyang (Tim Be Told), Daniel D. Lee (Fuller Asian American Center), Jerome Mammen (InterVarsity), and Margaret Yu (Epic Movement).