Race, Gender, and Religion in the Vietnamese Diaspora: The New Chosen People by Thien-Huong T. Ninh, Ph.D. examines how the racialization of religion facilitates the diasporic formation of ethnic Vietnamese in the U.S. and Cambodia, two communities that have been separated from one another for nearly 30 years. It compares devotion to female religious figures in two minority religions, the Virgin Mary among the Catholics and the Mother Goddess among the Caodaists. Visual culture and institutional structures are examined within both communities. Dr. Ninh invites a critical re-thinking of how race, gender, and religion are proxies for understanding, theorizing, and addressing social inequalities within global contexts.
Thien-Huong T. Ninh, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, CA. Her publications and research interests are in the areas of Race, Religion, Gender, Immigration, Globalization, Asian Studies, and Diaspora.
Dr. Ninh received her B.A. from the University of California of Los Angeles and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Southern California.
Before coming to Cosumnes River College, she taught at Williams College, the University of California at Santa Barbara, the University of the West, and several California State University campuses.
In addition to her academic activities, Dr. Ninh has had opportunity to work with different agencies in various capacities, including being a consultant for San Francisco-based law firm Sideman & Bancroft LLP on legal, financial, and cultural matters (2015-2017) and Washington, D.C.-based Distance Education Accrediting Commission on college-level accreditation issues (2015).