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Family Sacrifices: The Worldviews and Ethics of Chinese Americans

Russell M. Jeung, Seanan S. Fong, and Helen Jin Kim


Family Sacrifices provides a comprehensive, sociological portrait of Chinese Americans’ most cherished values, practices, and ethics, ultimately illuminating why this ethnic group is the most nonreligious (52%) in the United States. Though unaffiliated, Chinese Americans adhere to the moral system of familism, a transpacific lived tradition rooted in Chinese Popular Religion and Confucianism, which prioritizes family above other commitments. Hybridizing their Chinese and American sensibilities, Chinese Americans employ familism as the primary narrative for constructing meaning, identity, and b ... More

Keywords: familism, unaffiliated, religious nones, Chinese Popular Religion, Confucianism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190875923
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190875923.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Russell M. Jeung, author
Professor, Asian-American Studies, College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University

Seanan S. Fong, author
Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church

Helen Jin Kim, author
Assistant Professor, Emory University