The Prodigal Son, according to Asian geeks

My husband and I have been so excited as we started a Bible study for our kids and their teenage school friends. Last week we kicked off with 7 kids. It’s been a blast!

Albert is the discussion leader and he does a great job. His sense of humor makes it great fun. Last week Albert and I brainstormed the agenda and we decided this week for the study about God being our father to have the kids help us contextualize the story of the Prodigal Son as how it would look like in a modern-day Asian American family.

Our kids’ friends are the techy video game types, so it was very funny to see how the story headed as the kids all contributed their ideas. Here’s a paraphrase of how it ended up.


There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, “Father, give me my hong bao (red envelope with money). So the father gave him a big hong bao.

Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth buying an Alienware MX11 gaming powerhouse laptop blah blah water cooling blah blah terabyte drive blah blah (insert a bunch of computer gobblygook).

After he had spent everything, there was no Internet, and he ended up using a dial-up modem. So he went and got a job at McDonalds earning minimum wage. He was so hungry but all he could eat were the ketchup packets.

When he came to his senses, he said, “How many potstickers and ramen [Megan’s favorite food is ramen so this rose to the top of the list] I could eat at my father’s home, and here I am eating ketchup packets! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” So he got up and went to his father.

But his father saw him and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son and stopped short and said, [insert Asian grunt of approval]. No hugs.

The son said, “I have sinned against you.”

But the father said, “Quick! Bring out the ramen and get our son his own dedicated T1 line and let’s celebrate!”


We were all laughing so hard but it was a new way to look at the well-known Bible story!

A Yee

Angela Yee is a professional designer (graphic design, stage design, interior design — and teaches leadership skills at

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  1. Carmen Lin - February 5, 2011

    I like this Asian paraphrase!

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