GLAMA is possibly the most diverse area, ethnically and religiously, in the world. Hundreds of thousands of diaspora people work, worship, and raise their children in our diverse megacity. This is the first comprehensive report to portray the breadth of this diversity along with a historical and religious background for each region of origin.
The very nature of immigration causes many immigrants to shift ethnic boundaries, which are broader in the diaspora than back home. The “people group” they are part of back home is not necessarily the “people group” they are a part of in Los Angeles. Los Angeles is not a melting pot, rather it resembles an ethnic stew or salad, with the ingredients that retain their distinctive character within a larger whole.
GLAMA has over 500 Buddhist centers, 300 Islamic centers, 83 Jewish centers, 70 Hindu centers, and 15 Sikh centers. The campus religious center of USC has listed participating groups from Atheists to Zoroastrians.
While anyone with interest in diaspora populations will enjoy Ethno LA, the book was created with Evangelical Christians in mind. American Christians are some of the world largest supporters of cross-
Many Evangelical denominations, churches, and ministries first consider cross-
The research project behind Ethno LA was designed to shed light on the migrants among us, revealing the identities and lives of the largest and most significant peoples in GLAMA. We are encouraging people to pray, which will play a vital role in starting new ministries among the peoples described. Let us not say, “We didn't know they were here.”
The Geographic Scope
GLAMA encompasses Los Angeles , Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties, and includes over 18 million people living in an area covering 4,850 square miles (Wikipedia). This area includes 164 incorporated cities and 768 designated neighborhoods, or communities.