New Roots in America's Sacred Ground

New Roots in America's Sacred Ground

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In this compelling look at second-generation Indian Americans, Khyati Y. Joshi draws on case studies and interviews with forty-one second-generation Indian Americans, analyzing their experiences involving religion, race, and ethnicity from elementary school to adulthood. As she maps the crossroads they encounter as they navigate between their homes and the wider American milieu, Joshi shows how their identities have developed differently from their parentsa€™ and their non-Indian peersa€™ and how religion often exerted a dramatic effect. The experiences of Joshia€™s research participants reveal how race and religion interact, intersect, and affect each other in a society where Christianity and whiteness are the norm. Joshi shows how religion is racialized for Indian Americans and offers important insights in the wake of 9/11 and the backlash against Americans who look Middle Eastern and South Asian. Through her candid insights into the internal conflicts contemporary Indian Americans face and the religious and racial discrimination they encounter, Joshi provides a timely window into the ways that race, religion, and ethnicity interact in day-to-day life.As the child of Telegu speakers, the Hindi Anisa learned at Sunday school was not of much use at home. ... From the standpoint of knowledge as an element of religious affiliation and ethnic identity, Sunday schools were not uniformly successful in giving the second ... and intensive Sunday school-type experience: When I went to Sikh camp, every day they would have like a question and answer session.

Title:New Roots in America's Sacred Ground
Author: Khyati Joshi
Publisher:Rutgers University Press - 2006-05-23

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