APARRI History

History & Background

APARRI is the largest and longest running interdisciplinary conference series in the United States addressing issues of religion and race in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Since 1999, APARRI gatherings have provided opportunities for scholars and community leaders involved in work on Asian American and Pacific Islander religion to share research, exchange ideas, and build collaborative relationships.

Over the past two decades, APARRI has hosted twelve conferences, four leadership workshops, and a Wabash-linked workshop at UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkeley, Pacific School of Religion, Northwestern University, Claremont McKenna College, McCormick Theological Seminary, and Claremont School of Theology. Funding and in-kind services were provided through these institutions and with additional support from Pomona College (Pacific Basin Institute), UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center, UCLA’s Institute of American Cultures, and local church groups. During the mid-2010s, APARRI maintained its presence and continued to build its network through panels, meetings, and events at annual professional conferences: American Academy of Religion (AAR) and Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS).

20+ years of awesome history

2022

APARRI 2022

July 12-14, 2022 APARRI Conference 2022

2022

APARRI receives Luce Grant

March, 2022

2018

The State of the Field: Asian Pacific American Religious Studies

July 18-21, 2018 Claremont School of Theology

2017

APARRI post-Wabash Meeting

July 20-21, 2017 Claremont School of Theology

2010

Bridging Yesterday + Tomorrow: Memory and Generational Change in Pacific and Asian North America

August 5-7, 2010 McCormick Theological Seminary

2009

Lost in Transnationalism: Pacific and Asian North American Religions in a Globalized World

August 6-8, 2009 Claremont McKenna College

2008

(Re)defining Religious Studies: The Next Decade of APARRI

August 6-8, 2008 Pacific School of Religion

2007

APARRI Leadership Retreat

2007 Pacific School of Religion

2006

Democracy and Its Discontents: Religion and the Underside of Pacific Asian North America

2006 Pacific School of Religion

2005

Rooted and Reaching: Contextualizing Pacific and Asian North American Religion

2005 Northwestern University

2004

Pacific and Asian American Religions and Empires

2004 Pacific School of Religion

2003

Crossing Over: Negotiating Boundaries of Race, Religion, and Nation in Pacific Asian North America

2003 UC Berkeley

2003

Revealing the Sacred in Asian and Pacific America Published

January 9, 2003 Available on Amazon

2002

Religion & Conflict in Pacific and Asian North American

August 1-3, 2002 University of California at Berkeley

2001

Religion & Public Life in Pacific and Asian North America

August 9-11-2001 University of California at Berkeley

2000

Revealing the Sacred in Asian America

June 22-24, 2000 University of California, Santa Barbara

1999
First APARRI Conference

First APARRI Conference

May 4-5, 1999 University of California, Santa Barbara