This chapter introduces key concepts, terms, and theories from multiple disciplines: history, religious studies, ethnic (Asian American) studies, new immigrant studies, sociology, and ethnography. It highlights the neglect of race and racialization in the studies of American Buddhism. It provides a basic outline of addressing under-theorization of race in new immigrant Buddhist Studies by examining how the racial ideology of white supremacy has been operated in the two drastically different ways in which convert Buddhists and sympathizers on the one hand, and ethnic Buddhists on the other, have adapted Buddhist practices to the American context.
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