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?
New research finds people who meditate are more likely than those who don’t to act with compassion. Let’s take a collective om, shall we?
Hoping to avoid pregnancy? There’s an app for that. The new app, Clue, is a customizable “fertility tracking tool”. Nearly 9-in-10 Americans say artificial birth control methods are morally acceptable, but new technology may allow women to avoid using contraceptives altogether.
Crossover king Tim Hardaway, the NBA player who said he hated gay people during a 2007 interview, is now signing a petition to legalize gay marriage in Florida.
You can add Eliot Spitzer to the list of scandal-plagued politicians plotting comebacks. Oh, and his run for New York City comptroller could put him on the same ballot as Anthony Weiner. Mark Sanford’s political redemption in South Carolina could bode well for both men, as Republicans are less likely to forgive politicians’ moral indiscretions than Democrats.
Netflix: the new HBO? Check out this article on how the once DVD-by-mail supplier is revolutionizing the way America makes, and watches, television.