Chinese American Death Rituals: Respecting the Ancestors

Chinese American Death Rituals: Respecting the Ancestors

by Sue Fawn Chung
     
 

ISBN-10: 0759107343

ISBN-13: 9780759107342

Pub. Date: 04/15/2005

Publisher: AltaMira Press

Death is a topic that has fascinated people for centuries. However, the rituals associated with the death and remembrance of a loved one can be very different from culture to culture. Chinese American Death Rituals examines Chinese American funerary rituals and cemeteries from the late nineteenth century to the present in order to understand the importance of Chinese…  See more details below

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Death is a topic that has fascinated people for centuries. However, the rituals associated with the death and remembrance of a loved one can be very different from culture to culture. Chinese American Death Rituals examines Chinese American funerary rituals and cemeteries from the late nineteenth century to the present in order to understand the importance of Chinese funerary rites and their transformation through time. The authors in this multidisciplinary volume discuss the meaning of funerary rituals and their normative dimension as well as social practices that have been influenced by tradition. Chinese Americans have had to resolve the tension between assimilation into the American mainstream culture and their strong Chinese heritage. They have looked to individual beliefs, customs, religion, and environment for this resolution. This volume expertly describes and analyzes cultural retention and transformation in the after-death rituals of Chinese American communities.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759107342
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
04/15/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Introduction1
1"What We Didn't Understand": A History of Chinese Death Ritual in China and California19
2On Dying American: Cantonese Rites for Death and Ghost-Spirits in an American City47
3Archaeological Excavations at Virginiatown's Chinese Cemeteries81
4Venerate These Bones: Chinese American Funerary and Burial Practices as Seen in Carlin, Elko County, Nevada107
5Respecting the Dead: Chinese Cemeteries and Burial Practices in the Interior Pacific Northwest147
6Remembering Ancestors in Hawai'i175
7The Chinese Mortuary Tradition in San Francisco Chinatown195
8Old Rituals in New Lands: Bringing the Ancestors to America241
Bibliography263
Index287
About the Contributors305

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