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Sustaining Faith TraditionsRace, Ethnicity, and Religion among the Latino and Asian American Second Generation$
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Carolyn Chen and Russell Jeung

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814717356

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814717356.001.0001

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“I Would Pay Homage, Not Go All ‘Bling’”

“I Would Pay Homage, Not Go All ‘Bling’”

Vietnamese American Youth Reflect on Family and Religious Life

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Sustaining Faith Traditions

Linda Ho Peché

NYU Press

This chapter explores how home shrines play a significant role in the religious and spiritual practice of both Catholic and Buddhist second-generation Vietnamese Americans. They are shown to be interested in continuing these personal and individualized religious practices at home, even though some no longer identify with an institutionalized religion. With considerable freedom to imbue such practices with new meanings apart from the institutionalized religions, these Vietnamese Americans have created their own symbols and rituals to represent their own relationships with faith and humanity. The highly personal faith practices of second-generation Vietnamese Americans do not make them identify with other coreligionists; rather, those rituals strengthen their solidarity with family.

Keywords:   second-generation Vietnamese Americans, Buddhism, Catholicism, home shrines, religious practices, institutionalized religion, coreligionists

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