This book examines how the racialization of religion facilitates the diasporic formation of ethnic Vietnamese in the U.S. and Cambodia, two communities that have been separated from one another for nearly 30 years. It compares devotion to female religious figures in two minority religions, the Virgin Mary among the Catholics and the Mother Goddess among the Caodaists. Visual culture and institutional structures are examined within both communities. Thien-Huong Ninh invites a critical re-thinking of how race, gender, and religion are proxies for understanding, theorizing, and addressing social inequalities within global contexts.
Thien-Huong T. Ninh is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, CA. Her publications and research interests are in the areas of Race, Religion, Gender, Immigration, Globalization, Asian Studies, and Diaspora.
Chapter 1: Contextualizing the Research
Chapter 2: The Virgin Mary as the Mother of the Vietnamese Catholic Diaspora
Chapter 3: Vietnamese Catholic Humanitarian Organizations Across U.S.-Cambodia Borders
Chapter 4: The Caodai Mother Goddess in Diasporic Disjunctures
Chapter 5: Structural Hierarchies and Fragments among Vietnamese Caodaists
Chapter 6: Conclusion