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"A rich and insightful study, Faithful Generations brings much needed perspective to current discussions of pan-Asian American identity. This book will be important reading for scholars of religion, ethnicity, and the Asian American experience." --Nazli Kibria, Department of Sociology, Boston University
"An indispensible resource for the understanding of Asian American churches and their status in society today." --Fumitaka Matsuoka, professor of theology and executive directo, PANA Institute, Pacific School of Religion
Religion--both personal faith and institutional tradition--plays a central role in the lives of the 12.5 million Asians in the United States. It provides comfort and meaning, shapes ethical and political beliefs, and influences culture and arts. Faithful Generations details the significance of religion in the construction of Asian American identity. As an institutional base for the movement toward Asian American panethnicity, churches provide a space for theological and political reflection and ethnic reinvention.
With rich description and insightful interviews, Russell Jeung uncovers why and how Chinese and Japanese American Christians are building new, pan-Asian organizations. Detailed surveys of over fifty Chinese and Japanese American congregations in the San Francisco Bay area show how symbolic racial identities structure Asian American congregational life and ministries. The book concludes with a look at Asian American-led multiethnic churches.
This engaging study of the shifting relationship between religion and ethnicity is an ideal text for classes in ethnicity, religion, and Asian American studies.
Russell Jeung is an assistant professor of Asian American studies at San Francisco State University. He lives in Oakland, California, where he is active in the Asian American community and in church work.
|2||Chinese and Japanese churches in the United States||16|
|3||The emergence and institutionalization of Asian American churches||42|
|4||Evangelical constructions of Asian American panethnicity||63|
|5||Mainline Christian constructions of Asian American panethnicity||82|
|6||Asian American panethnicity at Grace Faith Church||103|
|7||Asian American panethnicity at Park Avenue United Methodist Church||125|
|8||Conclusion : Asian American Christians in a multiethnic society||146|
|App||Description of congregations||171|