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"What Jeung has informed us is a narrative greatly in growth of unfolding. It offers us a window into salient positive factors of yankee faith, a window into which it is going to be worthy taking a look back as time is going on."—From the foreword by way of Robert N. Bellah, Elliott Professor of Sociology Emeritus on the college of California, Berkeley, and winner of a countrywide Humanities Medal in 2000"A wealthy and insightful examine, devoted Generations brings a lot wanted point of view to present discussions of pan-Asian American identification. This publication should be vital analyzing for students of faith, ethnicity, and the Asian American experience."—Nazli Kibria, division of Sociology, Boston University"An fundamental source for the certainty of Asian American church buildings and their prestige in society today."—Fumitaka Matsuoka, professor of theology and government director, PANA Institute, Pacific institution of ReligionReligion—both own religion and institutional tradition—plays a imperative position within the lives of the 12.5 million Asians within the usa. It presents convenience and that means, shapes moral and political views, and affects tradition and humanities. devoted Generations information the importance of faith within the building of Asian American identification. As an institutional base for the circulation towards Asian American panethnicity, church buildings offer an area for theological and political mirrored image and ethnic reinvention. With wealthy description and insightful interviews, Russell Jeung uncovers why and the way chinese language and eastern American Christians are development new, pan-Asian corporations. specific surveys of over fifty chinese language and eastern American congregations within the San Francisco Bay quarter exhibit how symbolic racial identities constitution Asian American congregational lifestyles and ministries. The e-book concludes with a glance at Asian American–led multiethnic church buildings. This enticing learn of the moving courting among faith and ethnicity is a perfect textual content for periods in ethnicity, faith, and Asian American experiences.

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A minister observes what connects people in her church: I see it being a real strong family orientation. In fact, family is probably why the congregation stays together. So when you come in to the body, you’re treated as one of the family. The older people become uncles and aunties. This kind of thing goes on. That’s probably what it means to be Chinese. You have family orientation, you have people that look like you, you have people that have been brought up like you, probably the same values and parental experiences growing up.

Chinese American Christians helped to mobilize and lead Sun-Yat Sen’s Republican Revolution of 1911 in China. 11 Like the Japanese Americans, they did not merely seek peace but also sought a change in government that would reflect Christian values. The Chinese American Christian newspaper, the Chung Sai Yat Po, editorialized: “The Christian teaching brings the idea of a republican form of government such as we find in the United States. . Are we going to continue to have a monarchy? Monarchies will never bring prosperity and freedom” (Tseng 1999, 33).

In such a church, members enjoy a substitute for the traditional kinship system and may both interact with and seek help from fellow Chinese immigrants” (1981, 616–617). After the war, Japanese Americans returned to the West Coast and rebuilt their congregations in ways similar to Chinese Americans. As families reestablished themselves residentially and financially, they continued to support the ministries of their churches. Within the Methodist denomination, thirteen new sanctuaries and thirteen new educational buildings were built or dedicated in the late 1950s.

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