© 2016

Religious Language and Asian American Hybridity


Part of the Asian Christianity in the Diaspora book series (ACID)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Foundations

  3. Hybridity with Reference to Particular Themes

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 201-206

About this book


 In this book, Julius-Kei Kato lets the theories and experiences of Asian American hybridity converse with and bear upon some aspects of Christian biblical and theological language. Hybridity has become a key feature of today’s globalized world and is, of course, a key concept in postcolonial thought. However, despite its crucial importance, hybridity is rarely used as a paradigm through which to analyze and evaluate the influential concepts and teachings that make up religious language. This book fills a lacuna by discussing what the concept of hybridity challenges and resists, what over-simplifications it has the power to complicate, and what forgotten or overlooked strands in religious tradition it endeavors to recover and reemphasize. Shifting seamlessly between biblical, theological, and modern, real-world case studies, Kato shows how hybridity permeates and can illuminate religious phenomena as lived and believed. The ultimate goal of the move toward an embrace of hybridity isa further dissolution of the thick wall separating ideas of "us" and "them." In this book, Kato suggests the possibility of a world in which what one typically considers the "other" is increasingly recognized within oneself. 


Hybridity Diaspora Hermeneutics Asian American Contextual Theology Contextual Biblical Studies Religious Language America Asia culture hermeneutics literature religion social science sociology theology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.King’s University CollegeWestern UniversityLondonCanada

About the authors

 Julius-Kei Kato, a proud Filipino-Japanese-Canadian hybrid, is Associate Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies at King’s University College, London, Canada. He has previously served as Assistant Professor at Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, and Visiting Associate Professor at Kwansei Gakuin University, Nishinomiya, Japan. He is the author of How Immigrant Christians Living in Mixed Cultures Interpret Their Religion (2012). He has lived and studied in Manila, Tokyo, Rome, Jerusalem, and Berkeley-California, among other places.   

Bibliographic information


“Religious Language and Asian American Hybridity is a welcome addition and a thoughtful contribution to the developing field of Asian American theology. Those seeking to understand the direction of this field today will benefit from reading this book.” (Andrew Ong, Reading Religion,, April, 2017)