REL 223 Asian Americans - Religious Roots and Trajectories

Last offered Spring 2013

Cross Listed as AMST223
he objective of this course is to broadly examine the meanings and significance of different forms of religious practices and beliefs among Asian Americans. It treads across many layers of diversity--from religious traditions to ethnicity, place, and time--and we will draw upon theoretically-based historical, anthropological and sociological perspectives to understand their complexities, convergences, and (dis)continuities. Thus, although the course is focused on the religious life of Asians in the U.S., it also grounds and connects this topic to Asia, societal phenomenon that shaped this society and its people, and contemporary global manifestations such as migration and diasporization. Books will include: Tony Carnes and Fenggang Yang, Asian American Religions; Michael Emerson and Christian Smith, Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America; Anne Fadiman, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down; Kenneth J. Guest, God in Chinatown; Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad, Becoming American? The Forging of Arab and Muslim Identity in Pluralist America; Khyati Y. Joshi, New Roots in America's Sacred Ground: Religion, Race, and Ethnicity in Indian America.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: 1 response paper, 1 current events paper, presentation of final essay proposal, and final essay
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: preference given to first- and second-year students, then to Religion and American Studies majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 3908
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REL 223 LEC Religious Roots & Trajectories Division 2: Social Studies Thien-Huong T. Ninh
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