Day 4: Kenji Marui reflects on basketball player Jeremy Lin and what his experience says to people of faith.
Media images of Asian people shaped the life choices of Kenji Marui, who grew up in in London, Ontario. “All of the Asian representation in the media during my formative years reinforced my abnormality. Consider what having movie characters like Long Duck Dong from Sixteen Candles, Data from Goonies, and Short Round from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom does for kids who don’t see anyone else on the big screen that remotely resembles them.”
As part of your 40 Days of Engagement on Anti-Racism journey, read his entire reflection on image, culture, and faith in the Downloads, below.
You can choose from today’s menu of additional activities as an individual, group, or family.
- Faith Reflection: Help us, O God, to find beauty within ourselves.
- Children’s Activity: Read Jeremy Lin’s story of struggle and success.
- Group Commitment: If we are what we eat, let us be mindful of what we consume in media.
- Advocacy: Perhaps the most radical and revolutionary act of advocacy is to love ourselves as we are.
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