Study of Asian-North American Understandings of Community

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Start Date: 
Mon, 06/01/1992
End Date: 
Tue, 12/31/1996

Pacific Asian American Christian Education examined the distinctive concept of community operative in Asian-American culture. In the backdrop of the extraordinary power of individualism in American religion seen especially in mainstream Protestantism, this study suggested that certain other cultural traditions in the United States, including Asian-American ones, are familiar with a more communal way of life which can enrich the lives of their religious congregations. Aiming to learn more about the understanding of community, this study explored ways in which in its potential can be tapped by American congregations where individualism predominates.

Two research consultations on the community in Asian-American culture and Protestantism were held. The consultations include the 10-member research team and representatives from several Asian-American congregations. The findings of the study were published in the book “People on the Way: Asian North Americans Discovering Christ, Culture, and Community” (Judson Press, 1996). The study concluded with a national conference with over a hundred participants for Canada and the United States.