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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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Second-Generation Asian Americans and Judaism

Second-Generation Asian Americans and Judaism

(p.69) Chapter 4 Second-Generation Asian Americans and Judaism
Sustaining Faith Traditions

Helen K. Kim

Noah Leavitt

NYU Press

This chapter turns to the phenomenon of racial and religious intermarriage between Asian Americans and Jews, and how these families' compromise of ethnicity and religion suggests the primacy of religion. The chapter considers respondents with children. These respondents are nonreligious Asian American men who are married to Jewish women. The results show that it is far easier for these couples to pass on Jewish traditions and identities to their offspring than to pass on Asian traditions and ethnic identities. Since women are the traditional bearers of culture in the family, the results could reflect this bias. However, the data also shows that Jewish traditions and identity are easier to pass on to children because they are institutionalized in Judaism. This points to the significance that religion and religious institutions in the US are accorded in organizing identity and community, over and above ethnicity.

Keywords:   Asian Americans, Jews, racial intermarriage, religious intermarriage, Jewish traditions, Judaism, ethnicity

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