A Postcolonial Leadership

Asian Immigrant Christian Leadership and Its Challenges

By Choi Hee An

Subjects: Theology, Asian American Studies, Cultural Studies
Hardcover : 9781438477497, 296 pages, January 2020
Paperback : 9781438477480, 296 pages, January 2021

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Table of contents


Part I. Understandings of Leadership

1. Leadership in a Secular Context

2. Leadership in Christianity

Part II. Leadership and Its Challenges in US Culture

3. Leadership in US Culture

4. Challenges of Asian Immigrant Leadership

Part III. Postcolonial Leadership in an Asian Immigrant Christian Context

5. Asian Immigrant Christian Leadership

6. Critical Features of a Postcolonial Leadership


Selected Bibliography

Explores the possibilities and challenges of Asian immigrant Christian leadership in the United States.


In A Postcolonial Leadership, Choi Hee An explores the interwoven relationship between Asian immigrant leadership in general and Asian immigrant Christian leadership in the United States. Using several current leadership theories, she analyzes the current landscape of US leadership and explores how Asian immigrant leaders, including Christian leaders, exercise leadership and confront challenges within this context. Drawing upon postcolonial theory and its analysis of power, Choi examines the multilayered dynamics of the Asian immigrant community and Christian congregations in their postcolonial contexts, and offers a new liberative interpretation of colonized history and culture in order to propose postcolonial leadership as a new leadership model for Asian immigrant leaders.

Choi Hee An is Clinical Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Director of the Anna Howard Shaw Center at Boston University School of Theology. Her books include A Postcolonial Self: Korean Immigrant Theology and Church, also published by SUNY Press.


"…Choi offers an eye-opening analysis of the current situation and the challenges of Asian immigrant Christian leadership in the US context, and proposes postcolonial leadership as a new leadership model for Asian immigrant Christian leaders … Choi's research is significant for preachers because a primary way to exercise leadership is speech and the majority of Asian immigrant Christian leaders are preachers. Her analysis of the postcolonial self as the foundation of postcolonial leadership is helpful for Asian immigrant preachers to find their own preaching voice in the postcolonial self, instead of assimilating to the preachers idealized in the colonized mind." — Homiletic

"A Postcolonial Leadership is a good and original contribution to the emerging field of Christian Leadership…" — Theology of Leadership Journal

"This book includes a wide variety of historical, contemporary, and cross-cultural understanding of leadership theories; in particular, it provides a unique understanding of the challenges and possibilities of Asian American leadership in immigrant communities and churches. Anyone interested in the topic will appreciate the depth and breadth that this work provides." — Sangyil Sam Park, author of Korean Preaching, Han, and Narrative