SueAnn Shiah speaks, teaches, and leads workshops and sessions at conferences and festivals on a variety of topics, including but not limited to, race, gender, sexuality, faith & spirituality, theology, Asian and Asian American studies, art, and media.
A workshop presented at the Reformation Project National conference in Chicago on October 28, 2017 by SueAnn Shiah
Workshop description: Who are you and how do you know who you are? What is an “existential crisis?” Why do people keep telling you that you’re putting your identity in your sexuality or your race (and not in Christ)? This workshop examines the intersection of our identities today by looking at history, theology, and sociology; to how we have come to construct gender, sexual orientation, and race. Then, by examining our interactions with our identities, we will address the implications in negotiating these intersecting identities within our various communities.
The conversation surrounding faith and art leans heavily towards interpreting beauty. These interpretations are (unknowingly) centered around whiteness and fail to have a critical race analysis. What are pitfalls to avoid when using art in the context of community development work? How do we seek and identify beauty in the world while also reimagining beauty from the depths of our faith and our understandings of justice? From issues of cultural appropriation to the lack of representation in media, we’ll discuss common areas where white supremacy corrupts art and culture, and how artists and communities of faith can engage this reality. Workshop presented by SueAnn Shiah at Christian Community Development Association (CCDA)'s National Conference in Detroit, Michigan October 5, 2017.
From the 2018 Allied Media Conference in Detroit, MI June 15, 2018 Christianity has been one of the most destructive forces in history for women, queer folks, and people of color. How do those of us who were formed and raised in communities of faith reclaim the Bible and Christian faith for the purpose of healing and justice? We will talk about the healing power of recasting the master’s tools for our own and other’s liberation. SueAnn Shiah (@sueannshiah) is a Taiwanese American musician and filmmaker and emerging theologian specializing in identity formation, racial justice, gender, and sexuality. Her first feature length documentary HuanDao premiered in Fall 2016 in Nashville, TN. In addition to her own creative and theological works, she collaborates with other artists and musicians in a variety of capacities as an artist manager, producer, audio engineer, songwriter, and creator of liturgy. She has a B.B.A. in Music Business with a Production emphasis and a Chinese minor from Belmont University.
Paradoxes in Identity and Incarnation
Vanderbilt Out in Front LGBTQIAI+ Conference
Saturday February 27, 2016
Workshop recording from the Q Christian Fellowship (Previously Gay Christian Network) Conference 2018 in Denver, Colorado.
In this breakout session, Emily Joy and SueAnn Shiah will discuss their unique experiences of bisexuality, from coming out to coming of age and everything in between. SueAnn will explore her journey in Side B and Side A spaces and navigating singleness and dating, and Emily will discuss what it’s like to come out while married and the unique challenges that presents. Emily and SueAnn seek to acknowledge, affirm, and celebrate the huge diversity of bisexual experiences, name the barriers and obstacles unique to the bi+ queer Christian community, and present a vision for how to fight bierasure in everyday life (Q&A and discussion to follow).
SueAnn Shiah (@sueannshiah) is a Taiwanese American musician and filmmaker and emerging Reformed theologian specializing in identity formation, racial justice, gender, and sexuality. Her first feature length documentary HuanDao premiered in Fall 2016 in Nashville, TN. In addition to her own creative and theological works, she collaborates with other artists and musicians in a variety of capacities as an artist manager, producer, audio engineer, songwriter, and creator of liturgy. She has a B.B.A. in Music Business with a Production emphasis and a Chinese minor from Belmont University.
Emily Joy (@emilyjoypoetry) is a spoken word poet and yoga teacher from Nashville, Tennessee. She has released two studio albums of spoken word poetry and travels the country performing at schools, churches, conferences, festivals, and anywhere else poetry is heard and enjoyed. Her work focuses on faith shifts, religious trauma, gender and sexuality, and developing a liberating and creative spirituality. Emily holds a degree in theology from Moody Bible Institute and is passionate about sharing her story of going from a non-affirming conservative Christian to an affirming and out bisexual human being with more questions than answers. She seeks to blend poetry and mindful breath and movement during her performances to create a whole-body experience of emotions and spirituality that liberates and empowers.
Panel Members: Branden Polk, Ray Low, Merelyn Becker, and SueAnn Shiah
Moderator: Dawn Jones
What is the experience of ethnic minorities in the LGBT+ community? What are some of the unique points of struggle for LGBT+ ethnic minorities who also adhere to historic, Christian teaching about marriage and sexuality? And how can our cultural backgrounds also be a source of empowerment? Come and hear the stories of representatives from different ethnic groups, and be encouraged in an increasingly diversified conversation!
ReVoice Conference- St Louis, Missouri
July 27, 2018
Memorial Presbyterian Church
Panel: HuanDao: The Journey of Asian American Identity Through Personal Narrative
SueAnn Shiah, creator of HuanDao, @SueAnnShiah
Cicia Lee, social movement organizer, @cicialee
Kenji Kuramitsu, social worker and Anglican seminarian, @afreshmind