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?
This fascinating “missed connections” graphic raises more questions than it answers, particularly when it comes to the state of Indiana.
In a column for the Washington Post, Christian Piatt argues that the religiously unaffiliated shouldn’t be described as “nones.” As our recent survey shows, only about one-third of religiously unaffiliated Americans identify as atheists or agnostics, and many religiously unaffiliated Americans report that they believe in God.
Pope Benedict XVI, in one of his last acts as pontiff, amended Catholic Church law so that the conclave to choose his successor can begin earlier. As Dr. Robert P. Jones, PRRI CEO, noted in a recent interview with NPR, many American Catholics support adjusting traditional beliefs and practices to fit changing circumstances or the adoption of modern beliefs and practices.
A transgender rights bill is advancing in the New York state legislature. Approximately 9-in-10 (89%) Americans agree that transgender people deserve the same rights and protections as other Americans.
A group of Christian leaders are, once again, urging Congress to eschew their financial squabbles and find a way to agree on new revenue and spending cuts that will simultaneously reduce the deficit and protect America’s poorest citizens.
Why was this photo taken? Maybe it’s better not to know.