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Asian Exclusion and the Church Event – May 29, 2024

May 13, 2024

Asian Exclusion and the Church Ripples from the 1924 Immigration Act

Join us on May 29, 2024, at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles for a pivotal conference titled “Asian Exclusion and the Church: Ripples from the 1924 Immigration Act.” This free, hybrid event, hosted by the Asian American Church History Institute, Center for Asian American Christianity, and Epic Movement, will convene a gathering of scholars, pastors, and faith leaders from the Asian American Christian community. Together, we will delve into the profound implications of the Johnson-Reed Act of 1924—a legislation key to understanding the trajectory of Asian American communities and their faith practices in the United States.

The 1924 Immigration Act, instigated by prevailing anti-Asian sentiments, had enduring impacts on various Asian communities, including Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Korean, and South Indian. It catalyzed significant developments such as the rise of Nisei ministry and the emergence of American-born Chinese church movements. Our conference will feature historically informed ministry leaders who will reflect on the response of Nikkei and Chinese churches to an America that closed its doors to immigrants. This reflection will explore how these communities navigated societal changes post-act and how similar sentiments persist in contemporary times.

This centennial commemoration will not only revisit the historical context and struggles faced by Asian American communities but also foster discussions on their ongoing contributions to the fabric of American society and Christianity. Through presentations, panel discussions, and interactive Q&A sessions, participants will gain new insights into the resilience and evolving identity of Asian American Christians past and present. Do not miss this opportunity to connect, reflect, and learn more about the rich history and dynamic future of Asian American faith communities. Register now to secure your spot.

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