Filipino American Faith in Action: Immigration, Religion, and Civic Engagement

Filipino American Faith in Action: Immigration, Religion, and Civic Engagement

by Joaquin Jay Gonzalez, Martin Campbell-Kelly
     
 

Filipinos are now the second largest Asian American immigrant group in the United States, with a population larger than Japanese Americans and Korean Americans combined. Surprisingly, there is little published on Filipino Americans and their religion, or the ways in which their religious traditions may influence the broader culture in which they are becoming

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Overview

Filipinos are now the second largest Asian American immigrant group in the United States, with a population larger than Japanese Americans and Korean Americans combined. Surprisingly, there is little published on Filipino Americans and their religion, or the ways in which their religious traditions may influence the broader culture in which they are becoming established.

Filipino American Faith in Action draws on interviews, survey data, and participant observation to shed light on this large immigrant community. It explores Filipino American religious institutions as essential locations for empowerment and civic engagement, illuminating how Filipino spiritual experiences can offer a lens for viewing this migrant community’s social, political, economic, and cultural integration into American life. Gonzalez examines Filipino American church involvement and religious practices in the San Francisco Bay Area and in the Phillipines, showing how Filipino Americans maintain community and ethnic and religious networks, contra assimilation theory, and how they go about sharing their traditions with the larger society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814731970
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
02/01/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

1 Introduction: Calling in San Francisco 1

2 Resurrecting Christian Faith 33

3 Praying, Then Delivering Miracles 63

4 Gathering Souls with Food 82

5 Converting Bowling to Civic Involvement 100

6 Blessing Passion and Revolution 123

7 Reconciling Old and Young Spirits 149

8 Conclusion: Embracing New Bonds and Bridges 178

Notes 185

References 189

Index 203

About the Author 221

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