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?
The case for not using your iPhone while in the bath, or eating a bowl of soup.
In your surprising and slightly implausible news of the day, Jeb Bush is predicting that Texas will turn blue in 2016. Other analysts, citing the much lower voting rates of Latinos, suggest that a political realignment of the Lone Star state is much further away.
After famed evangelist Billy Graham met with Romney, a line was removed from Graham’s website which referenced Mormonism as an example of a”cult.” According to last year’s American Values Survey, nearly half (49%) of Americans believe the Mormon faith is a Christian religion.
Nate Silver says that those looking for Obama to bounce back after yesterday’s debate may be disappointed.
A group of atheists graded the presidential candidates on issues related to church/state separation. Libertarian Gary Johnson got the highest grade (a “B”), while Obama earned a “C” and Romney received a failing grade.
Early voting will proceed in Ohio.
Yiddish is trendy again – but not among the people you’d expect.