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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The APARRI 2024 conference was held at UC Berkeley, where participants discussed and reflected on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander religion and solidarity in precarious times. Opening with Dr. Simran Jeet Singh’s Keynote Address: “Reimagining Allyship: Reflecting on Where We Are and Where We Can Go From Here,” the conference continued with a roundtable on APA Religions and the 2024 Presidential Election followed by several concurrent paper sessions and workshops. For the conference program and general information, see here.


APA Religions 101 Podcast

This podcast introduces listeners to Asian and Pacific American religions through a series of interviews with experts and practitioners. Host Dr. Bradley Onishi speaks with APA scholars on a wide range of topics. This series is a joint venture between APARRI and Axis Mundi Media. Funding for this series has been generously provided by the Henry Luce Foundation.

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