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OneBreath—Reflections on Anti-Asian Violence

April 6, 2021

OneBreath: AAPI Christian Reflections on Anti-Asian Violence

In the aftermath of the Atlanta shootings and the approaching 30th anniversary of the LA Riots, OneBreath is a space for AAPI Christians to hear from clergy and mental health professionals reflecting on anti-Asian violence. How is the violence impacting our communities? What stories of pain and resilience are out there?

ISAAC hosted the OneBreath webinar on Thursday, April 29th at 5:00pm PDT / 8:00pm EDT. This free webinar was moderated by Rev. Dr. Young Lee Hertig, and panelists were mental health professionals Miyoung Yoon Hammer and Hannah Lee Sandoval, and pastors Lawrence Dove and James Kang.

About the Panelists

Miyoung Yoon Hammer

Miyoung Yoon Hammer, PhD, LMFT, is a professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Fuller Theological Seminary. Her clinical specialization is in Medical Family Therapy and Restoration Therapy and her commitment as a professor and clinical supervisor is in developing cultural and racial consciousness in the self-of-the-therapist process. Dr. Yoon Hammer lives in Pasadena, CA with her husband and three children.

Hannah Lee Sandoval

Hannah Lee Sandoval is a therapist at Oak and Stone Marriage and Family Therapy in Los Angeles, CA. She is passionate about journeying alongside people as they pursue healing, clarity, and empowerment. Her specialties include working through issues of anxiety, depression, PTSD, cultural/racial identity, intergenerational trauma, and interracial/crosscultural relationships. Hannah received her MA in Crosscultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary before earning her Masters in Social Work at California State University of Los Angeles. Before going to Fuller, she studied Asian American Studies and Education at UCLA and attended YWAM DTS in Kona, Hawaii. Most recently Hannah has been focused on using Brainspotting to support clients in their healing journeys, with a special focus on AAPI clients.

Lawrence Dove

Pastor Larry Dove is the senior pastor of Park Hills Community Church, a predominantly African-American church with a rich sense of African-American history and pride. He was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles and considers himself “home-grown.” Pastor Dove was ordained in the Independent Pentecostal denomination and received his M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is married to Yolanda (45 years), and they have two adult children, Marcus and Brittney.

James Kang

James J. Kang is Head of Guidance and Co-Founder of PASTORIA, a personalized innovation consultancy for ministry leaders in the digital-first era and Coronavirus Age. James is also an alum of Claremont School of Theology and, as a second-generation Korean-American, he has been in pastoral ministry with Korean Americans, Asian Americans, and African Americans.

History of Anti-Asian Violence

Get more history and context for anti-Asian violence and watch this video interview with Rev. Dr. Young Lee Hertig, recorded live on Vote Common Good with Doug Pagitt—