Asian Pacific American Religions Research Initiative

APARRI  is a community advancing the interdisciplinary study of Aisan Pacific Americans and their religions.  Through conferences, mentoring, and collaboration, APARRI promotes the professional development of scholars and the distinctive field of Asian Pacific American religious studies.

APARRI conferences are organized by the APARRI Managing Board with major funding from the Pacific School of Religion with support from the Lilly Endowment. The APARRI 2010 and 2011 conferences are hosted by the Center for Asian American Ministries at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago.


APARRI Conference History

The APARRI conference began originally among a group of doctoral students and early-career scholars of religion and theology, who desired to support and engage each other’s scholarship in an interdisciplinary fashion. Allotted concurrent sessions are designed to continue this cross-disciplinary engagement. Presenters are encouraged to share their research and works-in-progress with other APARRI participants by organizing panels, presenting papers on their research, and/or by structuring small group dialogue sessions on an important topic of inquiry in the study of Asian North American and Pacific Island religions. Selected papers/sessions will be scheduled during our concurrent session times. Some concurrent session time will also be designated for papers/panels that have come from managing board invitations.

Past Conferences

The 2010 APARRI Managing Board

Joseph Cheah
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Saint Joseph College
West Hartford, CT

Niccole Leilanionapae’aina Coggins
PhD Candidate – U.S. and Hawaiian History
University of California – Santa Barbara

Jane Naomi Iwamura, ex officio
Assistant Professor of Religion and American Studies & Ethnicity
University of Southern California

David Kyuman Kim
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Connecticut College and
Senior Advisor
Social Science Research Council

Khyati Y. Joshi, co-chair
Associate Professor of Education
Fairleigh Dickinson University

Tat-siong Benny Liew
Professor of New Testament
Pacific School of Religion

Sharon Suh
Chair, Dept. of Theology and Religious Studies and
Director, Academic Salons Program,
Seattle University

Frank M. Yamada, co-chair
Director of the  Center for Asian American Ministries and
Associate Professor of  Hebrew Bible
McCormick Theological Seminary

David K. Yoo
Director & Professor
Asian American Studies Center & Department