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Introduction

Joseph Cheah

in Race and Religion in American Buddhism

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199756285
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918874 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756285.003.0001

Series: AAR ACADEMY SER

Introduction

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This chapter introduces key concepts, terms, and theories from multiple disciplines: history, religious studies, ethnic (Asian American) studies, new immigrant studies, sociology, and ethnography. It highlights the neglect of race and racialization in the studies of American Buddhism. It provides a basic outline of addressing under-theorization of race in new immigrant Buddhist Studies by examining how the racial ideology of white supremacy has been operated in the two drastically different ways in which convert Buddhists and sympathizers on the one hand, and ethnic Buddhists on the other, have adapted Buddhist practices to the American context.

Keywords: concepts; terms; theories; under-theorization; convert Buddhists; ethnic Buddhists

Chapter.  7375 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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