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Authors & Asia: Stephen M. Cherry, Faith, Family, and Filipino American Community Life

(Rutgers University Press, 2013)

Stephen M. Cherry draws upon a rich set of ethnographic and survey data, collected over a six-year period, to explore the roles that Catholicism and family play in shaping Filipino American community life. From the planning and construction of community centers, to volunteering at health fairs or protesting against abortion, Faith, Family, and Filipino American Community Life illustrates the powerful ways these forces structure and animate not only how first-generation Filipino Americans think and feel about their community, but how they are compelled to engage it over issues deemed important to the sanctity of the family.

Revealing more than intimate accounts of Filipino American lives, Cherry offers a glimpse of the often hidden but vital relationship between religion and community in the lives of new immigrants, and allows speculation on the broader impact of Filipino immigration on the nation. The Filipino American community is one of the largest immigrant communities in the United States and the Philippines is one of the largest sources of Catholic immigration to this country. This ground-breaking study outlines how first-generation Filipino Americans have the potential to reshape American Catholicism and are already having an impact on American civic life.



Light Reception: 6:30 pm
Program: 7:00 pm

Registered ticket holders, please enjoy free admission to the Sarofim Gallery now showing Weavers' Stories From Island Southeast Asia, today until the start of the program.


About Stephen M. Cherry

Stephen CherryStephen M. Cherry is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Houston–Clear Lake. He is coeditor of Global Religious Movements Across Borders: Sacred Service.






Asia Society Texas Center is funded in part by a grant from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.

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Event Details

Wed 22 Jan 2014

1370 Southmore Blvd.
Houston, TX 77004

$5 Members, $10 Nonmembers. All sales final.
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