This study examines East Asian immigration to the United States, with a focus on China, Japan, North Korean, and South Korea, and how immigration might have affected the life and practice of religion within each group. Using Tom Tweed’s definition and theory of religion, I argue that if one’s physical home, bodily home, or spiritual home is threatened it has a direct effect on that person’s religiosity. I support my argument by examining the history and personal narratives of immigrants from East Asia, specifically, how systematic oppression and prejudice would affect one’s livelihood, and how that change in livelihood would affect one’s religion. This study is intent upon viewing each group as individual people with complex intersectionalities in order to move past previous research and shed light onto stories and perspectives that have been overlooked in the past.


Graham, Mark


Religious Studies


American Studies | Buddhist Studies | Christianity | East Asian Languages and Societies | History of Religions of Eastern Origins | Religion


Immigration, Religion, America, Japan, Korea, South Korea, North Korea, China, Christianity, Buddhism

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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