Contextualizing the Research

  • Thien-Huong T. NinhEmail author
Part of the Christianities of the World book series (CHOTW)


This chapter introduces the book’s research questions and substantive content. The chapter contextualizes them within contemporary theoretical discussions about the roles of religion and ethnicity in facilitating immigrant integration and identity construction in the host society and beyond. The chapter analyzes a wide range of theories—from the sociology of religion and immigration as well as religious, diaspora, race, and area studies. Next, the chapter presents the cross-religion comparison and transnational method used in this research and argues why it is essential for untangling many of the on-going debates about religion and ethnicity. The chapter then links the justification of method to samples. It provides a background to Vietnamese Catholics and Caodaists in the U.S. and Cambodia. The chapter finishes with an outline of the book.


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