Bishop Diane Jardine Bruce invites the diocesan community to an online conversation and discussion on the impact of the coronavirus on the Asian American church and communities, titled “”Being Asian Americans in the Age of the Coronavirus,” on Saturday, April 25, 4 – 6 p.m.

“Our current crisis has widespread and devastating impact that we are still trying to understand,” says the event announcement. “This conversation will focus on the Asian communities that have been feeling even more vulnerable as targets of racism. Come join us as we engage our speakers and each other on this topic.”

The conversation will feature Russell Jeung, PhD, chair and professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University, who recently helped launch the Stop AAPI Hate Center to track coronavirus discrimination; and Joseph Lee, MD, psychiatrist in the South Bay and educator on Social Emotional Learning. Moderator will be Sharon Matsushige Crandall of The Gathering planning team.

The event is hosted by The Gathering – a Space for Asian Pacific American Spirituality, a ministry of the Diocese of Los Angeles to Asian Pacific Americans. It will feature special music by Dustin Seo, director of musical programs at Street Symphony.

There is no charge, and everyone interested in this topic is welcome to attend virtually. The Gathering – A Space for Asian American Spirituality holds events to engage topics relevant to Asian American communities and offers a space for Asian Americans to gather to share in their spiritual journeys.

Russell Jeung is chair and professor of Asian American Studies at SF State University. With the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council and Chinese for Affirmative Action, he’s helped launch the Stop AAPI Hate center to track coronavirus discrimination. He is author of At Home in Exile: Finding Jesus Among My Ancestors and Refugee Neighbors (Zondervan 2016), a spiritual memoir about his 30 years of urban ministry in East Oakland, CA. He and his family attend New Hope Covenant Church.

Joseph C. Lee completed his medical school and psychiatry residency training at UCLA and practices in Redondo Beach, CA. His psychotherapy approach is health-oriented with an emphasis on personal growth and well-being. Dr. Lee also speaks at churches and conferences on his passion, Social Emotional Learning for parents, educators, and in the workplace. He is one of the inaugural fellows of PAAC (Progressive Asian American Christians). In his free time, he enjoys craft beers and collecting Transformers.

Sharon Matsushige Crandall is a member of The Gathering planning team and serves as a volunteer chaplain in the Los Angeles County Jail with Prism Restorative Justice, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. She has lived a Benedictine rule of life for 16 years and is an oblate of the Community of Divine Love, an Episcopal monastery in the Benedictine tradition.

Additional information can be found here.  Questions may be directed to the Rev. Peter Huang at or the Rev. Yein Kim at

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