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Religions 2018, 9(11), 336; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9110336

A New Home for New Immigrants? A Case Study of the Role of Soka Gakkai in the Integration of Japanese and Mainland Chinese Immigrants in Hong Kong

School of Global Humanities and Social Sciences, Nagasaki University, 1-14 Bunkyomachi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture 852-8521, Japan
Received: 14 September 2018 / Revised: 26 October 2018 / Accepted: 29 October 2018 / Published: 31 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religiosity, Secularity and Pluralism in the Global East)
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In the discussion of migrant integration into local settings, most scholars agree on the positive linkages between religion and the construction of ethnic identity. However, beyond church and mosque, there appears to be a gap in the research of the roles played by other religions in the process of migrant integration. This paper attempts to fill this gap by studying the role of a new religion Soka Gakkai (SG) in the integration of Japanese and Mainland Chinese immigrants in Hong Kong. I argue that the social and spiritual support and the ideas of a “big family” and individual empowerment (i.e., empowering oneself to overcome challenges) are important resources for immigrants when starting a new life in Hong Kong. However, the controversial image of SG might also have negative effects on SG members’ effort at integration. View Full-Text
Keywords: Soka Gakkai; Hong Kong; migrant integration Soka Gakkai; Hong Kong; migrant integration
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Ng, K.S. A New Home for New Immigrants? A Case Study of the Role of Soka Gakkai in the Integration of Japanese and Mainland Chinese Immigrants in Hong Kong. Religions 2018, 9, 336.

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