Religions and Politics of Asian Pacific Americans

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The 2018 US elections continued the polarization over social and economic issues and the divides among races, geographies, religiosity, and education levels. There is, however, a less obvious dynamic – the increasing politicization of Asian Pacific Americans (APA) – that, in time, may contribute to more civil dialogue and consensus. Though APAs are diverse, a significant percentage are uniquely simultaneously inliberal and conservative camps. Like many liberals, they are urban or suburban, highly educated, and espouse social justice and tolerance. Like many conservatives, they are religious and embrace 'traditional values' (e.g., heterosexual marriage, 'pro-life'). APAs are a growing presence in electoral politics, but, perhaps more importantly, on the nation's campuses, where they interact with liberals, and in churches, where they discourse with conservatives, decreasing the social distance between these polarized groups and contributing to more tolerant, deliberative politics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-62
Number of pages4
JournalSociety
Volume56
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Feb 15

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social distance
politics
politicization
polarization
social justice
tolerance
church
marriage
election
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geography
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economics
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  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)

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Yi, Joseph ; Phillips, Joe Carroll. / Religions and Politics of Asian Pacific Americans. In: Society. 2019 ; Vol. 56, No. 1. pp. 59-62.
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