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?
How much would you pay to be liked? If you’re the U.S. State Department, you’re looking at a six-figure answer.
A new survey by the Pew Research Center finds that even as Americans are becoming less religious, a plurality (48%) believe the increasing number of Americans who are not religious is bad for American society, while about 4-in-10 say it is not doesn’t matter and about 1-in-10 say this is a good thing. A recent PRRI survey found that roughly one-third of Americans believe non-religious people are changing American culture and way of life for the worse while half (48%) say this group is not having any impact.
An interesting article at The Atlantic points to North Carolina’s new role as a divisive political battleground, and what that could mean for future elections.
After Trayvon Martin’s death touched off a national conversation about race, most assumed prosecutors would paint accused killer George Zimmerman as a racist. Interestingly enough, the issue of race hasn’t really come up.
Ikea is now working to supply durable temporary homes for refugees, saying the shelters could be a cost-effective solution for displaced people around the world. Here’s hoping the homes are easier to assemble than some of their other products…