NextGenerAsianChurch Spreecast # 2

We chat about the report released earlier this week from Pew Research Center, “The Rise of Asian Americans” on this spreecast with DJ Chuang, David Park, and Russell Jeung. Please join us on Spreecast every Thursday  WEDNESDAY at 7:00pm PT / 9:00pm CT / 10:00pm ET. (note: date changed from Thurs to Wed)

The religious identities of Asian Americans are quite varied. According to the Pew Research survey, about half of Chinese are unaffiliated, most Filipinos are Catholic, about half of Indians are Hindu, most Koreans are Protestant and a plurality of Vietnamese are Buddhist. Among Japanese Americans, no one group is dominant: 38% are Christian, 32% are unaffiliated and 25% are Buddhist. In total, 26% of Asian Americans are unaffiliated, 22% are Protestant (13% evangelical; 9% mainline), 19% are Catholic, 14% are Buddhist, 10% are Hindu, 4% are Muslim and 1% are Sikh. Overall, 39% of Asian Americans say religion is very important in their lives, compared with 58% of the U.S. general public.

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About djchuang

DJ Chuang is a social media strategist for churches and non-profit orgs, with a personal priority on next generation Asian Americans. He's a veteran blogger at djchuang.com and resides in Orange County, California

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  1. k nguyen says:

    DJ, thank you as always for the good find. I just got back from the annual sbc conference and I had a chance to share some on aa church perspectives. People kept asking me the impact to our church as aa demographics rapidly grow.
    This report caught my attention:
    ” In total, 26% of Asian Americans are unaffiliated, 22%
    are Protestant (13% evangelical; 9% mainline), 19% are Catholic, 14% are Buddhist, 10% are Hindu, 4% are Muslim and 1% are Sikh. Overall, 39% of Asian Americans say religion is very important in their lives, compared with 58% of the U.S. general public.”

    We have LOTS of work to do. Despite all those other wonderful assimilation stats, I can’t stop the wrenching feeling in my heart that less than 25% of the 17M aa are separated from the our loving father in heaven. That hurts, add to that only 39% even have a sensitive heart to spiritual things. Lots to celebrate for the socio economic increases. I am hoping and praying that we can make a bigger impact on this eternal bearing stat. What are your thoughts?

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