By Sarah CR ClarkJill Rode, who identifies herself as an Asian American, is pastor at St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church.
Her wife is also a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
I’ve been reminded that, as an Asian American in the Lutheran church, there isn’t a space carved out for me.
This model minority stereotype is particularly harmful to Asian Americans because it sets up an impossible standard: that all Asian Americans are hard-working and well educated and, therefore, self-sufficient.
So, those struggling with poverty, homelessness or mental illness go unpublicized because it is assumed that all Asian Americans have their stuff together.