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date: 12 May 2021

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This essay critically analyzes the emergence of the study of Asian American religions as a subfield, “betwixt and between” Asian American studies and American religions. It also reviews the history of the development of the subfield as well as the intellectual challenges and opportunities in the study of both Asian religions in the United States and Christian traditions in Asian America. Overall, this essay concludes that a more complex and comprehensive understanding of Asian American agency is at stake in the scholarship as it concerns Asian American religions in general and Asian American religious history in particular.

Keywords: Asian American movement, historical agency, Orientalism, religion, spiritual hybridity

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