Jessie L. Watabe spoke English without an accent and understood American and Mormon culture so well I assumed he was a third or fourth generation Japanese American Mormon. Watabe always planned to return to Japan to help the Mormon Church grow there. Instead he completed a Ph.
Religion in Utah
Mapping Religious Diversity in Utah () | The Pluralism Project
The Asian studies program focuses on the study of peoples, cultures, and institutions of Asia. Coursework is multidisciplinary, consisting of history, geography, and Asian language classes. Through the program, students obtain an understanding of the foundation and functioning of political, economic, and social institutions of Asia. They also gain proficiency in at least one Asian language and develop an understanding of similarities and differences among Asian nations with respect to ethnicity, history, culture, religion, and institutions. It is highly recommended, but not required, that students spend at least one term of their education participating in a study abroad program.
Demographics of Utah
Since the beginning of its modern-day existence, Salt Lake has been home to varied cultures, religions and lifestyles. Adding to this influx of multi-cultural inhabitants was the discovery of silver and gold in the towering Wasatch Mountains that nestle the valley, driving yet more settlers into the booming mining towns and into Salt Lake. Their purpose is to improve the political, educational, social, and economic status of minority groups with the goal to eliminate racial prejudice while keeping the public aware of the adverse effects of racial discrimination along with taking lawful action to secure its elimination. Salt Lake Diversity Census Data. Salt Lake Community Resources.
Utah is a Mormon state. Not officially, of course -- strict state and federal laws are meant to keep church doctrine out of government -- and not as much as in the past, when practically all Utahns and definitely all the decision makers were LDS church members. But because about three-quarters of the state's population belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and most of them take their religion very seriously, it's hardly surprising that the teachings and values of the church have a strong influence in the voting booth and echo throughout the halls of government. Although some conflict is inevitable as government and community leaders try to adapt to Utah's growing cultural diversity, this discord means little to most visitors, who come to Utah to experience its scenery, recreation, and history.