Interdisciplinary study of Asian Pacific Americans and their religions

Since 1999, The Asian Pacific American Religions Research Initiative (APARRI) has been a vibrant scholarly community advancing the interdisciplinary study of Asian Pacific Americans and their religions. Through conferences, mentoring, research projects, and other collaborative endeavors, APARRI promotes (1) critical knowledge and information regarding the practice of religion and spirituality among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S.; (2) the professional development of a community of scholars and the innovative field of Asian Pacific American religious studies, and; (3) interdisciplinary connection and engagement, such as resource sharing between these scholars and wider publics.

APARRI’s vision is to create a society in which Asian Pacific American religions are valued, recognized, and central to the understanding of American public life.

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APARRI 2023 brought together over 80 scholars from across the U.s for a two and a half days. The conference program included workshops, mentoring and professional activities, and sessions highlighting new research in the field. The conference kicked off with a Keynote from Gene Luen Yang, author of the graphic novel American Born Chinese, which recently premiered on Disney+.


Transformative Hope

Funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, Transformative Hope is a video series for Asian American elders to address the surge in racism that the broader community is experiencing. Each video features a different religious and ethnic perspective. Russell Jeung (SFSU) and Tammy Ho (UCR) interviewed elders and religious leaders in the United States who had experienced forms of everyday racism, such as stalking, name-calling, physical assault, and temple vandalism. The Transformative Hope series highlights how Asian American elders interpret these kinds of events, cope with pain and hurt, and use their religious resources (teachings + practices) to move forward.

Transformative Hope - APARRI

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