Friday, July 20, 2012

Asian-Americans and Religion (Pew Forum)

One-in-seven Americans are now Buddhists. Most in the US are fluid and searching.
A month after a Pew Research Center report on Asians becoming the nation’s fastest-growing immigrant group faced criticism for downplaying Asian Americans’ diversity, Pew has come back with a new report that focuses on the diversity of their religious beliefs.
While it does not address the socioeconomic and educational diversity and disparities that critics pointed out in the last month, the report from the Pew Forum on Religious & Public Life does adjust some misperceptions, while revealing several facts that are not particularly well known beyond Asian American diasporas. Here’s [some]: 
  • Asian Americans are neither predominantly Buddhist nor Hindu.
  • In the United States, there are more Asian Americans who are Christian (42 percent) than any other religion.
  • Many of these Christians are Filipinos, who are traditionally Catholic, and Koreans, many of whom are Protestant.
  • The percentage of Buddhists (14 percent), Hindus (10 percent), and Muslims (4 percent) is small by comparison. 
Labels do not really tell us what people believe.
Still, as migration from Asia has increased, so has the the nation’s share of Buddhists and Hindus. 
Buddhists now account for one in seven Americans, according to the report, and counted together, the share of Americans who practice Buddhism and Hinduism is about the same as that of those practicing Judaism (about 2 percent).
At the same time, in contrast, a large share (26 percent) of Asian Americans consider themselves “unaffiliated,” that is, not practicing any particular religion. More
We have a choice, even if our choice is "none."
Asian Americans: A Mosaic of Faiths 
Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life (
When it comes to religion, the Asian-American community is a study in contrasts, encompassing groups that run the gamut from highly religious to highly secular. A new survey report examines the Asian-American population from the angle of religious affiliation, highlighting the beliefs, practices and views of diverse faith groups. More

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