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date: 14 October 2019

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Asian Americans have endured a variety of challenges and struggles because of their hybrid identity, from voluntary and involuntary displacement to resettlement. Yet through enduring hardship and sedulous work, they have attained transformative moments and modicums of success. In particular, Asians in America have built beautiful houses of worship as an expression of their faith and cultural identity. The historical, sociological, and literary contours of the Hebrew Bible for the 6th to 5th century BCE can be redefined through social and generational migration consciousness. This article examines the Psalms from an Asian American perspective in the context of generational consciousness. It shows that the third and fourth generation Asian Americans have firmly established their identity in their “American-ness” with Asian features. Reading the Psalms allows Asian Americans to experience God’s presence for each generation, enabling lament, golah hope, home, and dream.

Keywords: Asian Americans, faith, cultural identity, Hebrew Bible, Psalms, generational consciousness, lament, hope, home, dream

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