Professor Russell Jeung releases new memoir


AAS faculty Russell Jeung releases his new memoir, At Home in Exile (Zondervan 2016), on October 4, 2016

This  memoir shares his harrowing stories of his life in East Oakland’s Murder Dubs neighborhood—including battling drug dealers who threatened him, exorcising a spirit possessing a teen, and winning a landmark housing settlement against slumlords with 200 of his closest Cambodian and Latino friends.

More poignantly, At Home in Exile weaves in narratives of longing and belonging as Jeung retraces the steps of his Chinese-Hakka family and his refugee neighbors.

His book is available for pre-order at

Advance Praise for At Home in Exile:

“I can’t remember the last that that I read a memoir where I was laughing hysterically and weeping uncontrollably in back-to-back paragraphs. With much talk about justice among evangelicals these days, Russell Jeung offers the real story of an honest, embodied life of justice.

Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, Professor, North Park Theological Seminary; Author of Prophetic Lament


“Jeung is unlike the typical scholar in that he is a masterful and compelling storyteller, taking the reader not just into the daily lives of impoverished immigrants in Oakland, CA, but also inside his own struggles.”

Rev. Dr. Ken Uyeda Fong, Executive Director, Asian American Center, Fuller Theological Seminary


“Activist. Theologian. Hakka. Chinese American. Follower of Jesus. These words describe Russell Jeung

and yet do not fully comprehend the story he has crafted in this masterful book. Part autobiography, part community history, and part liberation lived theology, At Home in Exile captures the heart and soul of following Jesus through living in community among the poor in Oakland. Follow and be transformed.”

The Rev. Dr. Frank M. Yamada, President, McCormick Theological Seminary