Christianization of Asian Americans As a Part of the American Culture Acquisition
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|The currently fastest growing ethnic group in the United States, Asian Americans have been studied closely in relation to their acculturation, biculturalism and possible multiculturalism. When they started coming again in large numbers after 1965, the effort was put into making them assimilated, not longer just an excluded workforce but a gradually important part of society. As the Christian faith has been perceived by the white American majority as the national religion, a significant part of the assimilation processes used to be Christianization. Recently, however the situation has changed as the largest Asian American communities are situated primarily in coastal cities of California and New York regions where the prevailing perspectives are liberalism and secularism, resulting in the growing distance from Christianity and evangelism. The group does not feel the pressure to consider the religion a necessary part of the new culture to be adopted. It is the aim of this paper to trace the main streams and means of the Christanization efforts as well as the changes they have been facing recently. Also, the actual connections of the religion and the culture acquisition within the frame of the United States are traced, following testimonies of Asian Americans as well as sociological and psychological studies within Asian American groups.