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Asian Americans in DixieRace and Migration in the South$
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Jigna Desai and Khyati Y. Joshi

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037832

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037832.001.0001

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Standing Up and Speaking Out

Standing Up and Speaking Out

Hindu Americans and Christian Normativity in Metro Atlanta

(p.190) Chapter 7 Standing Up and Speaking Out
Asian Americans in Dixie

Khyati Y. Joshi

University of Illinois Press

This chapter focuses on the significance of race, ethnicity, and religion by discussing how and why a group of Hindus in Metro Atlanta came together to challenge Southern Christian normativity. As the development and growth of religious organizations helped Hindus develop a sense of their own potency in Metro Atlanta and elsewhere, the community has gone from a phase when merely being acknowledged felt like a victory to a phase of feeling, and ultimately expressing, anger and disappointment at inaccurate and disrespectful depictions of Hinduism. This trend can be expected to continue and grow as the community continues to expand and mature, and as new targets arise from the inevitable misunderstandings between the South's Hindu and mainstream communities.

Keywords:   Hindus, Hinduism, Metro Atlanta, Southern Christian normativity, religious organizations, race, ethnicity, religion

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