Buddha Is Hiding: Refugees, Citizenship, the New America / Edition 1

Buddha Is Hiding: Refugees, Citizenship, the New America / Edition 1

by Aihwa Ong
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520238249

ISBN-13: 9780520238244

Pub. Date: 09/04/2003

Publisher: University of California Press

Buddha Is Hiding tells the story of Cambodian Americans experiencing American citizenship from the bottom up. Based on extensive fieldwork in Oakland and San Francisco, this study puts a human face on the impact of U.S. institutions -- medical, social welfare, judicial, religious, and economic -- on refugees who are negotiating a strange new culture.

Overview

Buddha Is Hiding tells the story of Cambodian Americans experiencing American citizenship from the bottom up. Based on extensive fieldwork in Oakland and San Francisco, this study puts a human face on the impact of U.S. institutions -- medical, social welfare, judicial, religious, and economic -- on refugees who are negotiating a strange new culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520238244
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/04/2003
Series:
California Series in Public Anthropology Series, #5
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Acknowledgmentsxi
Prologuexiii
Introduction: Government and Citizenship1
Part I.In Pol Pot Time
1.Land of No More Hope25
2.A Hilton in the Border Zone48
Part II.Governing Through Freedom
3.The Refugee as an Ethical Figure69
4.Refugee Medicine: Attracting and Deflecting the Gaze91
5.Keeping the House from Burning Down122
6.Refugee Love as Feminist Compassion142
7.Rescuing the Children168
Part III.Church and Marketplace
8.The Ambivalence of Salvation195
9.Guns, Gangs, and Doughnut Kings229
Part IV.Reconfigurations of Citizenship
10.Asian Immigrants as the New Westerners?253
Afterword: Assemblages of Human Needs275
Notes287
Index323

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