074: Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye: Church Culture


Today We sit down with Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye. She is a scholar and has been around the world in many capacities. She currently lives in Hong Kong. She shares with us her perspective of the Global Church, how the Church itself doesn’t fit a mold, and how each of us might benefit from being aware of such diversity. We end the podcast talking about malnutrition among LDS children in other countries. Any Donations made during the Month of April to Mormon Discussion Podcast will be donated to the “Liahona Childrens Foundation” in one sum amount check from “Mormon Discussion Podcast listeners” or you donate directly at the link below.




Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye earned her Ph.D. in Chinese history from Harvard University in 2011. While researching and writing her dissertation, “Miraculous Mundane: The True Jesus Church and Chinese Christianity in the Twentieth Century,” she lived in Xiamen, China, and was an affiliate of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences from 2009-2010. Her dissertation research project was funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Foreign Languages and Area Studies Dissertation Fellowship and by the Religious Research Association’s Constant R. Jacquet Research Award. Melissa taught in the history departments of Loyola Marymount University and California State University, Los Angeles, from 2006-2008. In 2003 she graduated magna cum laude in East Asian Studies from Harvard College, delivering the Harvard Oration at the Class Day graduation exercises.

Melissa’s journalistic work and creative writing have been published in The Far Eastern Economic Review, the NPR show Here and Now, and various literary journals and blogs. She is the mother of Four children. She and her family are currently preparing to move to Auckland, New Zealand, where she will be a Lecturer in the School of Asian Studies at the University of Auckland.


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