Japanese American Religion and Society Project

Faculty Members: Duncan Williams, Lon Kurashige

Los Angeles is home to the largest concentration of Japanese Americans in North America and home to the Japanese American National Museum (JANM). With Buddhist, Christian, and Shinto temples, churches, and shrines with over 100 years of history, CJRC will be partnering with JANM to launch a major study of Japanese Americans and their faith communities. Illuminating the global nature of Japanese religions as well as the contribution of Japanese religions in shaping the religious pluralism of America’s most religiously diverse city, this project will result in a major exhibit and study project focusing on the holdings at JANM, especially its Buddhist Churches of America Archives (approximately 350 boxes of archival materials).