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Japanese American Religiosity: A Contemporary Perspective

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The purpose of this chapter is three-fold: to compare the religiosity of Japanese Americans: across generations; across geographic locations; and with Japanese in Japan and with the majority population of the United States. The first data set examines the issue of geographical differences, focusing on two significant localities where Japanese Americans have lived and faced differing sociocultural experiences - Hawaii and the West Coast of the United States. The next data set examines the influence of generational distance away from the original immigrants from Japan on the group?s religiosity. Finally, the chapter examines the responses to the matching religiosity questions given by respondents in Japan, United States citizens as a whole, and Japanese Americans specifically to present a comparative picture of this topic. The hypothesis is that the Japanese Americans evidence a position that is relatively different from both the Japanese in Japan and from other Americans in the US.

Keywords: immigrants; Japanese Americans; religiosity; sociocultural experiences; United States

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