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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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Religion in the Lives of Second-Generation Indian American Hindus

Religion in the Lives of Second-Generation Indian American Hindus

(p.241) Chapter 12 Religion in the Lives of Second-Generation Indian American Hindus
Sustaining Faith Traditions

Khyati Y. Joshi

NYU Press

This chapter examines how the status of Hinduism as a religious minority in the US shapes the ethnic and religious development of second-generation Indian American Hindus. The experiences of Indian American Hindus vary by both life stage and the time of their parents' immigration, divided into Generations A and B. To Indian American Hindus, Hinduism and Indianness are interconnected. More importantly, they explore and negotiate the meanings of being Indian American Hindus as racial and religious outsiders in a white and Christian America. The chapter shows the limits of an approach that only recognizes religion when it is linked to an identity, an institution, or formalized practices. This approach to second-generation Indian American Hinduism underlines the persistence of Hinduism even when it is not officially practiced.

Keywords:   second-generation Indian American Hindus, Hinduism, Indian American immigrants, racial outsider, religious outsider, Christian America

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