July 19, 2012

Asian Americans: A Mosaic of Faiths

Appendix 5: External Advisers

Wendy Cadge is an associate professor of sociology at Brandeis University. Her research focuses on religion in the U.S., especially its relationship to immigration, health care and sexuality. She is the author of the books “Heartwood: The First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America” and “Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine.”

Hien Duc Do is a professor of social science and Asian American studies at San Jose State University. His research focuses on Vietnamese Americans, race relations, immigration and the development of Asian-American communities. He is the author of the book “The Vietnamese Americans” and is an associate producer of the documentary film “Viet Nam: At the Crossroads.”

Diana Eck is a professor of comparative religion and Indian studies and the Fredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society at Harvard University, where she also heads the Pluralism Project. Her research focuses on popular religion in India—especially temples and tirthas (pilgrimage sites)—and on religious pluralism in American society. She is the author of “India: A Sacred Geography” and “A New Religious America: How a ‘Christian Country’ Has Become the World’s Most Religiously Diverse Nation.”

Yen Le Espiritu is a professor of ethnic studies at the University of California, San Diego. Her research focuses on gender, race, immigration, refugees and Asian-American studies, specifically Southeast Asian Americans. She is the author of several books, including “Home Bound: Filipino American Lives Across Cultures, Communities, and Countries.”

Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III is a professor of politics at the University of San Francisco. His research focuses on Philippine and Filipino-American migration, political economy, public policy, government and development. He is the author of “Filipino American Faith in Action: Immigration, Religion, and Civic Engagement.”

Jane Naomi Iwamura is a visiting scholar in Asian-American studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has published and lectured widely on the topic of Asian Americans and religion. She is the author of the book “Virtual Orientalism: Asian Religions and American Popular Culture” and is co-editor of the volume “Revealing the Sacred in Asian & Pacific America.”

Khyati Joshi is an associate professor of education at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her research focuses on cultural and religious pluralism, religion in schools, multicultural education, immigrant communities and racialization of religion. She is the author of the book “New Roots in America’s Sacred Ground: Religion, Race, and Ethnicity in Indian America.”

Rebecca Y. Kim is the Frank R. Seaver Professor of Social Science and director of the ethnic studies program at Pepperdine University. She is the author of the book “God’s New Whiz Kids? Korean American Evangelicals on Campus” and has published articles and book chapters on migration, religion, Asian Americans and global Christianity.

Pyong Gap Min is a distinguished professor of sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He also directs the Research Center for Korean Community at Queens College. His research focuses on immigration, ethnic identity, religion and gender roles among Asian Americans. He has written six books on Korean immigrants, including “Caught in the Middle: Korean Communities in New York and Los Angeles” and “Preserving Ethnicity through Religion in America: Korean Protestants and Indian Hindus across Generations.”

Jerry Z. Park is an associate professor of sociology and an affiliate fellow of the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University. His research interests include religion, race relations and civic engagement among Asian Americans. He has published articles on Asian-American civic participation, second-generation Asian-American pan-ethnic identity, Asian-American religiosity and attitudes toward racial inequality. He also has been a regular contributor to the multiphase Baylor Religion Survey.

Sharon A. Suh is an associate professor and department chair of theology and religious studies at Seattle University. Her research examines the intersection of Buddhism, gender, race, ethnicity, religion and immigration in the U.S. She is the author of “Being Buddhist in a Christian World: Gender and Community in a Korean American Temple.”

Janelle Wong is the director of the Asian American Studies Program and a faculty member in the Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on political participation by Asian-American and Latino immigrants. She is the author of the book “Democracy’s Promise: Immigrants and American Civic Institutions” and co-author of “Asian American Political Participation: Emerging Constituents and Their Political Identities,” which is based on a 2008 survey of Asian Americans.

Fenggang Yang is a professor of sociology and the director of the Center on Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University. His research focuses on religious change in China and immigrant religions in the United States. He is the author of the book “Chinese Christians in America: Conversion, Assimilation, and Adhesive Identities” and numerous journal articles on religion in China.

Min Zhou is the Walter and Shirley Wang Endowed Chair in U.S.-China Relations & Communications and a professor of sociology and Asian-American studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests include international migration, ethnic and race relations, and urban sociology. She has written several books, including “Chinatown: The Socioeconomic Potential of an Urban Enclave” and “The Transformation of Chinese America,” and published more than 130 journal articles and book chapters.

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