Redefining Religious Nones: Lessons from Chinese and Japanese American Young Adults

Russell Jeung, Brett Esaki, Alice Liu
2015 Religions  
This analysis of Chinese and Japanese American young adults, based on the Pew Research Center 2012 Asian American Survey, examines the religious nones of these ethnic groups. Rather than focusing on their beliefs and belonging to religious denominations, it highlights their spiritual practices and ethical relations using an Asian-centric liyi (ritual and righteousness) discourse. Despite being religious nones, these groups have high rates of ancestor veneration and participation in ethnic
more » ... ous festivals, as well as strong familial and reciprocal obligations. These findings indicate that, similar to other American Millennials, these groups may be better understood by how they do religion than in what they believe.
doi:10.3390/rel6030891 fatcat:7fo7b65lkzhfle2qyqxi6dsdlq