We are the Asian American chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at UT Austin.
As InterVarsity students learn how their faith and ethnicity intersect, they look at their discipleship, parents, and campus in a new way. Particularly for Asian American students, the journey involves a collective family identity and implied expectations and responsibilities. Along the way, there are times of lament, healing, forgiveness, and hope. The goal of Chinatown Program is to come alongside this journey to provide experiences, relationships, Scriptural training, and tools that call forth greater leadership, faith risks, and compassion.
By focusing on the Chinese-American immigration story in San Francisco Chinatown, students trace 100 years of inclusion and exclusion- a history that has clear implications for America today. It is a 6 day learning experience that combines a study of Exodus, an insider's tour of Angel Island, partnership with a dozen Chinatown churches and organizations, and lots of delicious Chinese food. Students will reflect on their own migration story, consider how these stories impact their parental relationships, draw out Biblical themes of justice and power, and identify unique leadership gifts.