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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As we gather again at UC Berkeley, we invite participants to reflect on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander religion and solidarity in precarious times. What do religion and solidarity look like now? What does solidarity mean across different religious communities and what form(s) will that solidarity take? How might Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander scholars and religious communities work together to create robust partnerships and networks of support? For the conference program and general information, see here.

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.

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