The Eighth Circuit has reversed an adverse credibility determination for a Chinese Christian asylum seeker. The court noted that “credibility determinations are not properly based on nit-picking of translated answers regarding obscure religious trivia.” “In the context of religious persecution, interrogations designed to trip up new converts or those without formal theological training fail to ‘bear a legitimate nexus’ to such determinations.”

The full text of Tian v. Barr can be found here: