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Title:What do you look for in joining a Church? Asian Americans and Christianity
Author(s):Kim, Esther
Asian American
AAS346 F07
Abstract:This research was to find out if ethnicity had a role for Asian American students who are members of the pan-ethnic Church Covenant Fellowship Church (CFC) a registered student organization at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Did they join for the opportunity to grow as a Christian or become a believer for/with biblical teachings and support through prayer meetings and small groups. And if this was the case why did they choose to join an Asian American Church and not a mainstream American Church such as Intervarsity (IV) or Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU). I found out that the majority of people do join for religious reasons. I also found out that they have no preference in the church they join because as Christians there is no separation, we are colorblind.
Issue Date:2008-02-25
Course / Semester:AAS 346, Asian American Youth, Prof. Soo Ah Kwon: This course explores the ways that second-generation Asian and Pacific Islander (API) youth are actively shaping the U.S. landscape in terms of identity formation, youth cultural production, education, organizing, and community formations. These experiences are examined within larger historical, economic, racial, social and political forces in the United States. Rather than approach the study of youth through a developmental psychological model of adolescence, this course will examine youth as a culturally specific social formation. We will engage with texts that draw from different academic disciplines to provide us with theoretical, historical, and ethnographic perspectives of young people. We will also compare and situate the unique (and not so unique) experiences of API youth with young people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds. The course syllabus is available at:
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2008-02-28

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    This collection examines ways in which the U.S. university and the American college experience are affected by diversity, and difference. In particular, these student projects examine experiences of diversity on campus, including important contemporary social, cultural, and political debates on equity and access to university resources.

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