What does the Presbyterian Church mean to Taiwanese Christians?
Hearts in TaiwanJune 13, 2022x
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What does the Presbyterian Church mean to Taiwanese Christians?

Annie Wang and Angela Yu

The mass shooting at the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, CA has sparked conversation about the significance of the Presbyterian Church for many Taiwanese individuals. Annie and Angela interview Christine Lin, a lawyer and expert on the history and influence of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan who also conducts research on Taiwanese American identity. The hosts also share their own experiences with Christianity.

Featuring Christine Lin:

About Christine: Christine Lin is a Taiwanese American lawyer. Her research on the topic of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan inspired her to pursue a career in human rights, refugee, and immigration law. Currently, she is the Director of Training and Technical Assistance at the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies based at UC Hastings College of the Law where she has taught the Refugee & Human Rights Clinic. Previously, she was the Legal Director of Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre and taught refugee legal assistance clinics at the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

More resources:

  • Major branches of Christianity (Wikipedia)
  • Presbyterian Church USA allows same-sex marriages (NPR, 2015)
  • Related episode: “Taiwanese by the Numbers” (Hearts in Taiwan, August 5, 2021)
  • New York Times interview that consulted Christine Lin and interviewed Annie and Angela: "Coming From Separate Worlds in Taiwan, They Collided at California Church" (https://nyti.ms/3mDXG2q)

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