The Asian Pacific American Religions Research Initiative (APARRI) is pleased to announce a $1,000,000 grant from Henry Luce Foundation. For the next four years, APARRI will be based at the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR) at UC Berkeley, with programs also occurring at University of California, Riverside and University of the West. This grant will support APARRI in its mission to advance the interdisciplinary study of Asian Pacific American religions and to ensure the legacy of Asian Pacific Americans within the American religious and racial landscape.
Jonathan VanAntwerpen, Program Director for Religion and Theology at the Henry Luce Foundation, notes the contribution of this grant to the public understanding of race and religion in America. “Through a promising new partnership with the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion—a nexus for innovative cross-disciplinary engagement at a public university that does not have an established department of religious studies—the APARRI network will support and diversify scholarship on Asian Pacific American religions, strengthen support for emerging voices and the next generation of scholars, and promote productive interconnections with a range of wider publics, including collaborations with artists, media makers, and religious leaders from multiple traditions and communities. We are delighted by the opportunity to support this important initiative to advance public knowledge of race and religion in America, and grateful to Carolyn Chen, Tamara Ho, Jane Iwamura, and Khyati Joshi for their leadership.”