Monastic and Domestic Settings

Joseph Cheah

in Race and Religion in American Buddhism

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199756285
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918874 | DOI:


Monastic and Domestic Settings

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This chapter exemplifies how religious and social practices in Burmese Buddhist monastic and domestic arenas function as sites for resisting assimilation. It addresses the ways in which Burmese immigrant Buddhists have resisted and accommodated to the assimilationist forces of racial oppression and exclusion. In the preservation and production of ethnic practices within the monastic and domestic contexts, Burmese immigrant Buddhists have attempted to preserve certain beliefs and practices, significant to their identity, from being completely absorb into the dominant society. In other words, Burmese immigrant Buddhists are not without agency as they resist and accommodate to the pressures of completely assimilating to the dominant cultural context of the mainstream America.

Keywords: agency; monastic; domestic; assimilation; racial oppression; racial exclusion; identity; dominant culture; resist; accommodate

Chapter.  9624 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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