Joseph Cheah

in Race and Religion in American Buddhism

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



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This chapter recapitulates the central role that the ideology of white supremacy has played in the two different ways by which Euro-Americans and Burmese ethnic Buddhists have appropriated and adapted Buddhist religious practices to the American context. In the former, white supremacist logic has manifested itself in the existence of a racial hierarchy in American Buddhism, and in the heavily racialized dimensions of the claims made by many white Buddhists and sympathizers. In the latter, white supremacy has been resisted through the agency of Burmese immigrant Buddhists in the adaptation of their religion to the American context.

Keywords: ideology; Euro-Americans; white supremacist logic; racial hierarchy; conclusion; claims

Chapter.  3702 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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