Next Article in Journal
The Importance of the Experience of God’s Absence, and of Meaning in Life, in the Development of Sensitivity of Conscience among Polish University Students
Next Article in Special Issue
Charitable Sporting Events as a Context for Building Adolescent Generosity: Examining the Role of Religiousness and Spirituality
Previous Article in Journal
Images of Reality: Iris Murdoch’s Five Ways from Art to Religion
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Religions 2015, 6(3), 891-911; doi:10.3390/rel6030891

Redefining Religious Nones: Lessons from Chinese and Japanese American Young Adults

1
Asian American Studies Department, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue EP103, San Francisco, CA 94132, USA
2
Department of Religious Studies, Georgia State University, P.O. Box 3994, Atlanta, GA 30302-3994, USA
3
Educational Studies, Ohio State University, 127 Arps Hall, 1945 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Peter I. Kaufman
Received: 13 June 2015 / Revised: 20 July 2015 / Accepted: 27 July 2015 / Published: 30 July 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Youth, Emerging Adults, Faith, and Giving)

Abstract

This analysis of Chinese and Japanese American young adults, based on the Pew Research Center 2012 Asian American Survey, examines the religious nones of these ethnic groups. Rather than focusing on their beliefs and belonging to religious denominations, it highlights their spiritual practices and ethical relations using an Asian-centric liyi (ritual and righteousness) discourse. Despite being religious nones, these groups have high rates of ancestor veneration and participation in ethnic religious festivals, as well as strong familial and reciprocal obligations. These findings indicate that, similar to other American Millennials, these groups may be better understood by how they do religion than in what they believe. View Full-Text
Keywords: religious nones; spiritual but not religious; Chinese Americans; Japanese Americans; Asian Americans; millennials religious nones; spiritual but not religious; Chinese Americans; Japanese Americans; Asian Americans; millennials
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Jeung, R.; Esaki, B.; Liu, A. Redefining Religious Nones: Lessons from Chinese and Japanese American Young Adults. Religions 2015, 6, 891-911.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Religions EISSN 2077-1444 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert Logo copyright Steve Bridenbaugh/UUA
Back to Top