Panel to Discuss Pew Report on Asian American Faiths

Oct. 19 event at UC Riverside will examine religious affiliations, beliefs and practices of fast-growing population

Flier collage depicting Asian American religious practices

A panel discussion on Asian American religions and a Pew Research Center report is scheduled Oct. 19.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A panel of scholars in Asian American studies, political science and religious studies will respond to the recent Pew Research Center report, “Asian Americans: A Mosaic of Faiths,” at the University of California, Riverside on Friday, Oct. 19, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The event will be held in the Department of Religious Studies seminar room on the third floor of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) Interdisciplinary Building North. Parking costs up to $8.

The Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life released its report on the religious activities of Asian Americans in mid-summer. The report presents new survey data regarding the religious affiliations of Asian Americans, religious switching and intermarriage, the perceived importance of religion, religious beliefs and practices, and social and political attitudes.

Panelists will include: Karthick Ramakrishnan, associate professor of political science at UCR and director of the National Asian American Survey; James Kyung-Jin Lee, associate professor and chair of the Department of Asian American Studies at UC Irvine; Charles Townsend, a UCR graduate student in religious studies; and Amanda Huffer, assistant professor of religious studies at UCR.

The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Ideas and Society through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Workshops in the Humanities, and by the Institute for the Study of Immigrant Religions.

The institute, which launched June 1, undertakes research focusing on the diversity of religious practice in Southern California and the role of these spiritual communities in the acculturation of immigrants into American life. Graduate students associated with the center began in January to gather oral histories and other documentation of communities of Iranian Jews, Latino Catholics, Latino Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhists and Indonesian Sufi Muslims as well as Hindu and Buddhist temple rituals, gurdwaras and gurus. Over time the institute also will expand upon methods and theories for studying urban religious communities in the U.S.

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