VIDEO—Melissa Inouye, “Making Zion”

07.02.2019 | The Maxwell Institute

Melissa Inouye’s Living Faith lecture is now available to watch online: “Making Zion: Insights on Living with Contradictions from a Latter-day Saint Scholar.”


Latter-day Saint scholar Melissa Inouye is a self-described bald Asian American Latter-day Saint woman scholar. In her professional life she researches Chinese history and global Christian history. In her personal life she’s a mother, a Primary pianist, a cancer survivor, and more. With all the metaphorical (and literal) hats she wears, she’s very accustomed to feeling out of place. She’s thought a lot about how we can we make enough room for people who don’t fit the traditional mold in our diverse and increasingly global Church. What does it mean to become a people “of one heart and one mind”? Inouye discusses contradictions we sometimes face while striving to make Zion together.

About Melissa Inouye

Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye is a senior lecturer in Asian studies at the University of Auckland. She received her PhD in Chinese history from Harvard University. Dr. Inouye’s research includes the history of Chinese Christianity, moral ideology in modern China, global charismatic religious movements, and women and religion. Her book China and the True Jesus: Charisma and Organization in a Chinese Christian Church was published by Oxford University Press in January 2019. A member of the advisory board of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at Brigham Young University, Dr. Inouye is committed to the mutually reinforcing relationship between faith and learning. Her writings on Latter-day Saint life and faith have been published online and in print in Patheos, the Washington Post, Meridian Magazine, Square Two, and the Ensign. She and her husband, Joseph, have four noisy and joyful children, botanically nicknamed Bean, Sprout, Leaf, and Shoot.