We are delighted to announce that, thanks to Paris Fox, high-definition recordings of our entire conference are available on Vimeo here. We hope you love watching them as much as we have. We are amazed all over again at the quality of the presenters and the relevant, timely, original ideas that came forward because of this gathering.
Did you know? In 1999, Dr. Jessie L. Embry collected and coded interviews of 108 Asian Mormons in the United States and published her findings in Asian American Mormons: Bridging Cultures. Most of the interviewees are first-generation Latter-day Saints from Buddhist or non-religious backgrounds who landed in Utah’s Wasatch Front. Their transcripts give interesting insight into their lives–not only as practicing Mormons, but also as Mormons navigating a new cultural, racial and multinational world. Anglos with Chinese, Chinese with Cambodians, Cambodians with Taiwanese, and so on. One Japanese immigrant and Brigham Young University student said, “I had a very different view before toward Asian people from other Asian countries. . . . I had pre-judged Koreans, Chinese, Vietnamese, and people from other Asian countries.” On her first visit to her new LDS church congregation at BYU, she said, “Two Korean returned missionaries shared beautiful testimonies with us. I was touched. . . . I noticed how dumb I had been by pre-judging and avoiding to get to know these beautiful people.” The tapes and transcripts of this oral history collection are available at BYU’s L. Tom Perry Special Collections at the Harold B. Lee Library. The project was funded by the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies. Here’s another source for your research.
As a housekeeper at the LDS Mission Home in Tokyo at the turn of the twentieth-century, Tsune Ishida Nachie cooked, cleaned, and cared for young American missionaries. Read about one Japanese woman’s experience with Mormonism.
Mormonism is in transition. What began as a small sect in the eastern United States blossomed in the American West, and Mormonism is now becoming a world tradition. Like the banyan tree, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is learning to cultivate and preserve its expanding multicultural roots. It is time to bring attention to a growing population of Asian members of the Church, joining two rich heritages in the Bay Area for a conference featuring distinguished scholars of Mormonism and Eastern religious traditions.