[INDOLOGY] Book Announcement: Dharma in America: A Short History of Hindu-Jain Diaspora

@ProfPankajJain PhD पंकज जैन pankajaindia at gmail.com
Wed Dec 4 19:13:55 UTC 2019


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America now is home to approximately five million Hindus and Jains. Their
contribution to the economic and intellectual growth of the country is
unquestionable. *Dharma in America *aims to explore the role of Hindu and
Jain Americans in diverse fields such as:

   - education and civic engagements
   - medicine and healthcare
   - music.

Providing a concise history of Hindus and Jains in the Americas over the
last two centuries, *Dharma in America* also gives some insights into the
ongoing issues and challenges these important ethnic and religious groups
face in America today.
Table of Contents

*Preface: being Hindu, being Jain, being American*


1 Introduction

2 Before “coolies,” beyond “cyber coolies”: Indians: the silent minority

3 Indians and Ayurveda in the American food and healthcare industries

4 Indian classical and Hindu music in America

5 Jains in North America

6 Indian Americans and civic engagements

7 Conclusion

*Appendix 1: the Jain Society of North Texas by Anant Jain*

*Appendix 2: Jain Diaspora, poem by Cromwell Crawford*

*Appendix 3: Jain temples in North America*

*Appendix 4: list of universities offering Jain Studies by Sulekh Jain*

*Appendix 5: a brief art history of Jain sculpture in North America*

*Appendix 6: an interview about celebrating Asian holidays in Texas public



"Pankaj Jain has done a great service both to the Indian American community
and to the wider public with this valuable and timely book. Engagingly
written, with humor and clarity, the reader comes away with a vivid sense
of the Indian American experience. The chapter on the often overlooked Jain
community is a particular strength of this work, which is sure to become an
indispensable volume in the literature on multicultural studies."* -
Jeffery D. Long, Professor of Religion and Asian Studies, Elizabethtown
College, USA*

"Jain’s book describes the many connections between America and India with
particular attention to the areas of medicine and music. His biggest
contribution is his detailed timeline and account of the ways that Jain
immigrants and their children have organized themselves in North America
and his observation of some shifts in the foci of the second generation as
they express their American Jainism through activism rather than
renunciation. Writing as an American Jain who immigrated from India, Jain
takes the reader through his personal journey of navigating public school
politics as an example of how his own activism took shape." *- Jennifer B.
Saunders, Author of **Imagining Religious Communities: Transnational Hindus
and Their Narrative Performances (OUP, 2019).*


Dr. Pankaj Jain पंकज जैन
Associate Professor, Dept of Philosophy and Religion

Co-chair, India Initiative Group

University of North Texas

Editor,  <http://www.springer.com/us/book/9789402411874>Encyclopedia of

unt.academia.edu/PankajJain/,  <https://twitter.com/ProfPankajJain>
@ProfPankajJain <https://twitter.com/ProfPankajJain>

Three Books:

1. Dharma & Ecology of Hindu Communities (Routledge, 2011)

2. Science and Socio-Religious Revolution in India (Routledge, 2016)

3. Dharma in America: A Short History of Hindu-Jain Diaspora (Routledge,
2019) <https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1138565458/>

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