Religion at the Corner of Bliss and Nirvana: Politics, Identity, and Faith in New Migrant Communities

Religion at the Corner of Bliss and Nirvana: Politics, Identity, and Faith in New Migrant Communities

by Lois Ann Lorentzen, Joaquin Jay Gonzalez, Kevin M. Chun, Hien Duc Do, Cymene Howe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822345471

ISBN-13: 9780822345473

Pub. Date: 09/01/2009

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Based on ethnographic research by an interdisciplinary team of scholars and activists, Religion at the Corner of Bliss and Nirvana illuminates the role that religion plays in the civic and political experiences of new migrants in the United States. By bringing innovative questions and theoretical frameworks to bear on the experiences of Chinese, Filipino,

Overview

Based on ethnographic research by an interdisciplinary team of scholars and activists, Religion at the Corner of Bliss and Nirvana illuminates the role that religion plays in the civic and political experiences of new migrants in the United States. By bringing innovative questions and theoretical frameworks to bear on the experiences of Chinese, Filipino, Mexican, Salvadoran, and Vietnamese migrants, the contributors demonstrate how groups and individuals negotiate multiple religious, cultural, and national identities, and how religious faiths are transformed through migration. Taken together, their essays show that migrants’ religious lives are much more than replications of home in a new land. They reflect a process of adaptation to new physical and cultural environments, and an ongoing synthesis of cultural elements from the migrants’ countries of origin and the United States.

As they conducted research, the contributors not only visited churches and temples but also single-room-occupancy hotels, brothels, tattoo-removal clinics, and the streets of San Francisco, El Salvador, Mexico, and Vietnam. Their essays include an exploration of how faith-based organizations can help LGBT migrants surmount legal and social complexities, an examination of transgendered sex workers’ relationship with the unofficial saint Santisima Muerte, a comparison of how a Presbyterian mission and a Buddhist temple in San Francisco help Chinese immigrants to acculturate, and an analysis of the transformation of baptismal rites performed by Mayan migrants. The voices of gang members, Chinese and Vietnamese Buddhist nuns, members of Pentecostal churches, and many others animate this collection. In the process of giving voice to these communities, the contributors interrogate theories about acculturation, class, political and social capital, gender and sexuality, the sociology of religion, transnationalism, and globalization. The collection includes twenty-one photographs by Jerry Berndt.

Contributors. Luis Enrique Bazan, Kevin M. Chun, Hien Duc Do, Patricia Fortuny Loret de Mola, Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III, Sarah Horton, Cymene Howe, Mimi Khúc, Jonathan H. X. Lee, Lois Ann Lorentzen, Andrea Maison, Dennis Marzan, Rosalina Mira, Claudine del Rosario, Susanna Zaraysky

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822345473
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface: Advancing Theory and Method Lois Ann Lorentzen, Kevin M. Chun, Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III, and Hien Duc Do....................vii
Acknowledgments....................xxvii
Devotional Crossings: Transgender Sex Workers, Santisima Muerte, and Spiritual Solidarity in Guadalajara and San Francisco Cymene Howe, Susanna Zaraysky, and Lois Ann Lorentzen....................3
Sexual Borderlands: Lesbian and Gay Migration, Human Rights, and the Metropolitan Community Church Cymene Howe....................39
El Milagro Está en Casa: Gender and Private and Public Empowerment in a Migrant Pentecostal Church Lois Ann Lorentzen with Rosalina Mira....................69
Religious Organizations in San Francisco Chinatown: Sites of Acculturation for Chinese Immigrant Youth Kevin M. Chun....................89
Immigrant Religious Adaptation: Vietnamese American Buddhists at Chua Viet Nam (Vietnamese Buddhist Temple) Hien Duc Do and Mimi Khúc....................124
Americanizing Philippine Churches and Filipinizing American Congregations Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III....................141
Creating a Transnational Religious Community: The Empress of Heaven and Goddess of the Sea, Tianhou/Mazu, from Beigang to San Francisco Jonathan H. X. Lee....................166
Ahora la Luz: Transnational Gangs, the State, and Religion Lois Ann Lorentzen with Luis Enrique Bazan....................184
Transnational Hetzmek: From Oxkutzcab to San Francisco Patricia Fortuny Loret de Mola....................207
The Latino "Springtime" of the Catholic Church: Lay Religious Networks and Transnationalism from Below Sarah Horton....................243
We Do Not Bowl Alone: Cultural and Social Capital from Filipino Faiths Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III, Andrea Maison, and Dennis Marzan....................265
Counterhegemony Finds Place in a Hegemon: Activism through Filipino American Churches Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III and Claudine del Rosario....................285
Appendix A: Research Questions....................311
Appendix B: Family Member Questionnaire....................316
References....................325
Contributors....................355
Index....................359

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