Coconut Generation

The Next Generation of Asian Indians

Christians & Movies September 26, 2006

Filed under: church,Culture,Leadership,Youth — Sam George @ 7:51 pm

Church is getting into movie business and a network channel launches a new faith division. A new culture war is in the making!

I am talking Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, GA making the movie Facing the Giants and FOX announced it would distribute a family- and Christian-friendly line of films under the label FOXFAITH. Isn’t that interesting! There is money to be made and also shape the culture.

Some would argue that faith based movies are inspired by the blockbusters like The Passion of The Christ and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. You probably have also heard about a similar campaign is planned for The Nativity Story, a film about the birth of Jesus coming in December.

Whatever be said, both camps are getting out their pews… a new battle ground of culture shaping …. who will have more influence on our culture. But what is encouraging for leaders to note are: a) don’t be afraid to try something entirely new, b) get out of comfort zone, c) release people’s passion, creativity and prayers for a common cause.

Way to go, guys! Both are sure to cause lots of ripples in both worlds.


Perpetual Adolescence September 19, 2006

Filed under: Culture,Ministries,Youth — Sam George @ 1:39 am

American culture is about being young forever. Even when we grow older, we want to hide our wrinkles and color our grey hairs. That’s exactly what happened last month with MTV. This music television channel, a major cultural icon around the world, is trying to stay young by not mentioning its real age.

Associated Press says, “When your average viewer is 20 years old . . . perhaps it’s wise not to mention you’re 25. MTV wants to be the perpetual adolescent.”CNN mapped its 25 years and Washington Post repoted this landmark in the life of MTV.

Chuck Colson had kept close watch on MTV’s cultural impact on western culture and the world. Check out the most recent Breakpoint commentary on MTV culture.


Religion in America September 14, 2006

Filed under: church,Culture,News,Youth — Sam George @ 12:16 pm

A new survey by Baylor University shows that there are fewer non-religious people in the United States than pervious surveys. As many as 90% of the population identify with one congregation or another. Surprising finding on the religious landscape of America! 

About 20 percent of Americans have read one of the 12 Left Behind novels or megachurch pastor Rick Warren’s The Purpose-Driven Life. Nearly 50 percent have seen Mel Gibson’s feature film, The Passion of the Christ. About 40 percent say that born-again or Bible-believing best describes their religious identity.

Those are some results from the new Baylor Religion Survey, one of the most comprehensive studies of religion in America. Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) released initial survey findings today. (See their report – God is winning in Christianity Today). The original study is called – American Piety in the 21st Century: New Insights to the Depth and Complexity of Religion in the U.S.


Protestant Teens September 12, 2006

Filed under: Youth — Sam George @ 10:38 pm

I just came across the latest report of the National Study of Youth and Religiion

“Portraits of Protestant Teens” provides a numerical description of the role of religion in the lives of Protestant teens. The report lays out denominational differences in religious beliefs, religious activities, religious faith and practices, evaluations of church, moral views, risk behaviors and civic activities.

Is there are any study on teens and religious affliation/participation among Catholic, Hindus, Muslims or sikhs? That would be an interesting comparison. Moreover this got me thinking, what would data look like for Asian Indian churches in America. Sometime ago, I was involved in mapping agewise distribution of church morning worship attendees in couple of churhces in East Coast. Of course, late teens and 20s were the lowest in church attendence, when people in 20s is one of the largest demographic category. Striking contrast and most church folks are oblivious to this demographic shift.


Heart Disease among Asian Indians in America

Filed under: Family,India,Youth — Sam George @ 2:41 pm

Heart Disease among Indians is almost two to four times that of any ethnic community in the world. Consider these reserach finding: (Source: CADI Research Foundation)

  • The death rates from Coronary Artery Disease among overseas Asian Indians have been 50% to 300% higher than Americans, Europeans, Chinese, and Japanese, irrespective of gender, religion, or social class.
  • Among those younger than 30 years of age, the CAD mortality among Asian Indians is 3-fold higher than Whites in the United Kingdom (U.K.) and 10-fold higher than Chinese in Singapore.
  • About 50% of all heart attacks among Asian Indian men occur under the age of 55 and 25% under the age of 40, unheard of in any other population.
  • Asian Indian women have a higher death rate from CAD than women of all other ethnic origins in the U.K., South Africa, Canada, Singapore, Fiji, Mauritius, Uganda, and Trinidad.
  • By 2010, 60 per cent of the world’s cardiac patients will be Indian.

Read one chapter (Heart Diesease among Indians living abroad) of the book by Dr. Enas – How to beat heart disease epidemic among South Asians. Interesting that he calls this a epipdemic of enormous propotion!

How does this matter to youth work? Many of the coconuts are going to be faced with the reality that their parent are going to have heart attacks. What would be our responsibility toward our elderly parents? There is a sense of invincibility during youthful days – this will never happen to me. Also true of success driven immgrant generation, who think they can conquer any challenges. But this epimedic is sure to come our way. Are we ready?

The second generation has also inherited heart disease prone genes, foodhabits and lifestyles. Couple of weeks ago, one of my friend had a heart attack. Last year, I lost two of my buddies to cadriac arrest and high cholestrol. What should our response be? Something to think about, I guess!