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?
A transgender teacher is suing the Catholic prep school where he worked for more than three decades, saying that he was fired illegally. More than three-quarters (76%) of Catholics agree that Congress should pass laws to protect transgender people from job discrimination.
The Arkansas Senate passed a bill lifting the state’s ban on carrying concealed weapons in church. Only 20% of Americans believe that people should be able to take concealed weapons to a house of worship. The question now – will the Arkansas House agree?
The Boy Scouts of America may announce as early as next week whether they will allow gay scouts and troop leaders. As the LA Times notes, the decision is generating an emotional response on both sides of the debate. (Thanks to Ross for sending this in!)
A new report reveals that more than 4-in-10 (43.9%, to be exact) American households lack a financial safety net if they lose their income. And almost one-third have no savings at all.
Men who want to take your wife’s last name, prepare to do battle with the DMV. (Thanks to Ann for sending this in!)