Ethnic Religious Institutions and Ethnic Attachment
Dr. Pyong Gap Min
Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York
Congregational studies indicate that immigrant religious institutions have positive effects on ethnic attachment and ethnic social services. Researchers of immigrants’ religious institutions have neglected to examine intergroup differentials in the levels of religious affiliations and participation in ethnic religious institutions.
Min will show the levels of Asian immigrants’ religious affiliations and participation in ethnic religious institutions by Asian major ethnic group (Chinese, Indian, Filipino, Vietnamese and Koreans) using results of the 2003 New Immigrant Survey. Survey data will show the big differences in Asian immigrants’ religious affiliations (preferences) among the major Asian immigrants groups. Moreover, there are significant differences in the level of participation in ethnic religious institutions among Asian immigrant groups. Survey data will also show the differential levels of participation in ethnic religious institutions among the five major Asian groups. Almost all Korean immigrants with a religion participate in ethnic religious institutions whereas a very small proportion of Filipino Christians participate in them. We will discuss the advantages of a large number of ethnic religious institutions for ethnic attachment and community welfare and the disadvantages for them of the opposite situation mainly by comparing Korean Protestants and Filipino Catholics in the New York-New Jersey area.
Pyong Gap Min is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He also serves as Director of the Research Center for Korean Community at Queens College. The areas of his research focuses are immigration, ethnicity, immigrant entrepreneurship, immigrants’ religious practices, and gender/women/the family with a special focus on Asian and Korea Americans. He is the author of five English-language books, all focusing on Korean immigrant or Korean American experiences. They include Caught in the Middle: Korean Communities in New York and Los Angeles (1996), the winner of two national book awards, and Preserving Ethnicity through Religion in America: Korean Protestants and Indian Hindus across Generations (2010), the winner of three national book awards. He has published ten edited or co-edited books. They include Building Faith Communities: Religions in Asian America (2002), Encyclopedia of Racism in the United States, 3 volumes (2005) and Asian Americans: Contemporary Trends and Issues, Second Edition (2006). His most recent co-edited book is Younger generation Korean American Experiences: Personal Narratives on Ethnic and Racial Identities (May 2014). He received the Career Distinguished Award from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association (the only Asian American who has ever received it) in 2012. He has also received several awards from the Korean community, the city government and academic organizations in New York City for providing services to the community with sociological research and data.
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