Janelle Wong is an Associate Professor of American Studies and the Director of Asian American Studies at University of Maryland in College Park, MD. Her research focuses on race, immigration, and political mobilization. Dr. Wong is the author of Democracy’s Promise: Immigrants and American Civic Institutions (2006, University of Michigan Press) and co-author of two books on Asian American politics. She is currently working on a book about the impact Asian American and Latino evangelical Christians will have on the traditional conservative Christian movement and immigrant political participation. Recently, PRRI had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Wong in depth about some of the 2014 American Values Survey’s findings on Asian Americans.
Welcome to the Morning Buzz, PRRI’s morning dose of religion-related news with a shot of data – because what doesn’t liven up a morning round-up like some public opinion numbers? Just take a little glance before you get sucked into the media black hole of Chris Christie’s press conference and the Apple iPhone 5 announcement (so I guess neither Christie nor the iPhone will be running for president…unless they both are?).
If you didn’t see our CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones’ latest piece for the CNN Belief Blog, check it out here. In it, he looks twelve years into the future, at a time when Jon Huntsman could be a real contender for the Republican nomination. We’ll have to wait until 2024 to see if Dr. Jones is truly clairvoyant.
A poll from 60 Minutes and Vanity Fair shows that 49% of Democrats think that intelligence is the most important characteristic for a president to have, compared to 31% of Republicans. By contrast, 43% of Republicans chose “character” as the most important trait (27% of Democrats agreed). Although Rick Perry’s campaign looks like it’s suffering some setbacks, perhaps this explains why, as Dr. Jones pointed out in his last column for “Figuring Faith,” Perry chose to embrace anti-intellectual rhetoric.
At the Washington Post On Faith, Michael Gerson argues that secular liberals will continue to object to Romney’s Mormonism after conservatives have made peace with it. However, according to a recent PRRI survey, only 4-in-10 Americans know that Romney is Mormon.
The Supreme Court will allow a Muslim woman to sue prison officials in Southern California for forcing her to remove her hijab. Americans are divided over how comfortable they are with Muslim women wearing the burqa, a full-body robe with a face veil.
In other news, Maurice Sendak’s new book sounds terrifying, and Sendak himself is no less intimidating, at least in this interview from the Guardian. His favorite among his own canon, Outside Over There, is one of the few books I remember vividly from my childhood – mostly because it made me want to hide under my covers and not come out.
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