The 2014 Frederick Shippey Lecture in the Sociology of Religion this fall will feature Dr. Pyong Gap Min, 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 title is “The Positive Effect of Ethnic Religious Institutions on Ethnic Attachment and Community Welfare.”
His research focuses on 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, including Building Faith Communities: Religions in Asian America (2002), the Encyclopedia of Racism in the United States, 3 volumes (2005) and Younger Generation Korean American Experiences: Personal Narratives on Ethnic and Racial Identities (May 2014). Pyong Gap Min is highly respected in the field of sociology, and 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.
We are thrilled that his talk will focus on the importance of immigrant religious communities, reflecting the diverse Drew Theological Community, and many religious communities and congregations in the larger New York metropolitan region. His talk will draw upon his most recent research to fill in the gap found in most sociological research on immigrants’ religious Institutions. Researchers have neglected to examine intergroup differentials in the levels of religious affiliation versus participation in ethnic religious institutions. Paying attention to this difference yields interesting results. Drawing upon data from the 2003 New Immigrant Survey, Dr. Min will show the levels of major Asian immigrant groups’ religious affiliations and their subsequent participation in ethnic religious institutions. Comparing Korean Protestants and Filipino Catholics in the New York-New Jersey area, Dr. Min discovers the advantages and disadvantages of a large number of ethnic religious institutions for ethnic attachment and community welfare.