Since the 90s, Filipino Americans have been the 2nd largest Asian American population – but are often overlooked in the “Asian American” conversation.

Asian American scholar Dr. Melissa Borja joins Jane and Tim to speak on the distinctive history and religious life of Filipino Americans.

Originally published

March 26, 2021

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Jane Hong

Associate professor of US history. Author of Opening the Gates to Asia: A Transpacific History of How America Repealed Asian Exclusion (UNC Press, 2019). NJ Transplant to Los Angeles. Currently writing a history of how post-1965 Asian immigration changed US evangelicalism (Oxford Univ Press). Tweets @janehongphd.

Tim Tseng

Tim Tseng

Fuller Asian American Center Affiliate and Pacific Area Director of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s Graduate and Faculty Ministries. Tim’s forthcoming book, tentatively titled Asian American Christianity and the Quest for a Better Country, will be the first comprehensive history of Asian American Christianity.


Melissa Borja

An active public scholar, Dr. Borja is a core faculty member in the Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies Program at UMich. She researches migration, religion, politics, race, and ethnicity in the United States and the Pacific World, with special attention to how Asian American religious beliefs and practices have developed in the context of pluralism, migration, and the modern American state. Her upcoming book, Follow the New Way: Hmong Refugee Resettlement and Practice of American Religious Pluralism investigates the religious dimensions of American refugee care.