Orientalism, Buddhism, and Religion- Racial Identities (Katherine Zubko 2020)

Cheah, Joseph. 2011. Race and Religion in American Buddhism. Oxford University Press.

Gleig, Ann. 2019. American Dharma. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Han, Chenxing. 2019. “The Invisible Majority” Lion’s Roar, (Sept 5). https://www.lionsroar.com/the-invisible-majority-2/

2021. Be the Refuge: Raising the Voices of Asian American Buddhism. New York: North Atlantic Books.

Iwamura, Jane. 2011. Virtual Orientalism: Asian Religions and American Popular Culture. New York: Oxford University Press.

King, Richard. 1999. Orientalism and Religion: Postcolonial Theory, India, and ‘the Mystic East’ New York: Routledge 1999.  particularly chapters 6 and 7.

Lopez, Donald. 2019. Buddhism and science: a guide for the perplexed Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Note: (especially the intro and chapter three) may be helpful for thinking these issues through. The roots of Buddhist modernism in colonialism should be considered as well as efforts to mobilize Buddhist philosophy and practice to work for social justice.

McMahon, David. 2008. The Making of Buddhist Modernism. New York: Oxford University Press.

McNicholl, Adeana. “Being Buddha, Staying Woke: Racial Formation in Black Buddhist Writing.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 86, no. 4 (2018): 883-911.

Thompson, Evan. 2020. Why I am not a Buddhist. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Yancy, George and Emily McRae. 2019. Buddhism and Whiteness: Critical Reflections, edited by George Yancy & Emily McRae. Lanham: Lexington Books.



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September 7, 2020