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Author Lo, F. H. Min Min
Title The growing Asian diaspora in the Methodist church: Intersections of ethnicity, race, citizenship, and religion in Asian American congregations, 1847--1986
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Descript 248 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 63-02, Section: A, page: 0727
Chair: Jon Gjerde
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of California, Berkeley, 2001
The "Growing Asian Diaspora" examines over one hundred years of American Methodism and its relation to Asian Methodists in the United States. This dissertation focuses on the experience of Asian Methodists as a case study of the importance and longevity of Protestantism in Asian communities in America. The growth of Asian Methodist congregations in America speak of the success of the United Methodist church to incorporate such a diverse population. In addition, the increase of Asian Methodist congregations in the twentieth century also shows that the relationship between religion and ethnic groups is a discussion of multiple boundaries while maintaining a shared vision of spiritual identity. In this study, the intermingling boundaries between ethnicity, race, membership, and faith show that Asian Methodists negotiated these boundaries within Methodism and American society
I argue that the church is a microcosm of American society. Just as ethnic Americans adapted and contributed to the definition of American democracy, Asian Methodists have similarly negotiated the concept of universal brotherhood within the institution of the church. The importance of this perspective illustrates the fact that Asian Protestants have adapted religious traditions to meet the needs of their own communities and at times they have even found ways to use religion as a means of resistance and social action. The culmination of this work highlights the development of pan-Asianism in the Methodist church as well as the resurgence of ethnic congregations whose members seek to maintain a transnational identity
This work analyzes the experiences of Methodist Asian Americans against the larger currents of history: the expanding role of American foreign missions and its relation to international affairs, the American response to Asian immigration, the impact of American nationalism and its relation to immigrants, and the influence of the two developments in the 1960s---the civil rights movement and the new influx of Asian immigration post-1965
This study examines the literatures of American immigration studies, Asian American studies, American religious studies, and Ethnic studies, to investigate the experience of being "Asian," "American," and "Methodist" in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
School code: 0028
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 63-02A
Subject Religion, General
History, United States
Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies
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0337
0631
Alt Author University of California, Berkeley
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