Dr. Martinez and Dr. Thomas were able to provide PDFs for the readings for their respective segments. The individual zip files contain all of the readings for each segment. These files will staged off of SORAAAD.org when it launches. The program for Race and the Analytical Study of Religion ,with links to some of the readings,  is available for download.


“Making Race, Making Space: Bhagat Singh Thind Beyond the Supreme Court Case”

Chloe Martinez


Joshi, Khyati Y. “The Racialization of Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism in the United States,” Equity & Excellence in Education 39 (2006): 211-226.

Snow, Jennifer, “The Civilization of White Men: The Race of the Hindu in The United States v. Bhagat Singh Thind,” in Race, Nation and Religion in the Americas, ed. Henry Goldschmidt and Elizabeth McAlister (New York: Oxford, 2004): 259-280.

United States v. Bhagat Singh Thind. (1923). 261 U.S. 204 Link

““Japanese People Don’t See Race”: Linguistic Tics, Ambient Norms, and the Constructed Qualities of Race and Religion in Japan”

Jolyon Thomas

SUGGESTED READINGS- Annotated Bibliography – Zip file

Amos, Timothy. Embodying Difference: The Making of Burakumin in Modern Japan. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2011.

Amos questions what he calls the “master narrative” of burakumin status in modern Japan.

Bondy, Christopher. Voice, Silence, and Self: Negotiations of Buraku Identity in Contemporary Japan. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Asia Center, 2015.

Bondy shows that treatment of Japan’s traditional outcaste communities are generally rendered through silence rather than speech: allusive language, subtle cues, and tacit understandings mark specific geographic areas and their populations as “not really Japanese.”

Chung, Erin Aeran. Immigration and Citizenship in Japan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Japan is unusual in that it hosts a fourth-generation immigrant population that is not fully naturalized. Chung shows that this (mostly) invisible minority is still subject to discriminatory treatment and that members are caught between the high politics of Korean-Japanese international relations and the mundane politics of microaggressions and exclusionary policies.