Theological Reflections on

Theological Reflections on "Gangnam Style": A Racial, Sexual, and Cultural Critique

by Joseph Cheah, Grace Ji-Sun Kim
     
 

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As we listen to Psy's music are we laughing at him or with him? This book responds to this question from historical and theological perspectives and tackles the pressing issues concerning racial stereotypes, imposed masculinity, and imitating another in order to ridicule him/her.

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As we listen to Psy's music are we laughing at him or with him? This book responds to this question from historical and theological perspectives and tackles the pressing issues concerning racial stereotypes, imposed masculinity, and imitating another in order to ridicule him/her.

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"Are we 'laughing at' or 'laughing with' Psy? Reflecting on the work and depiction of Park Jae-sang in 'Gangnam Style,' Cheah and Kim capture us with this question. Arguing persuasively that we do both, they explore how people of Asian descent have been marginalized by racial stereotypes even as they have made use of them to shape their own emerging identities. This book will inspire any one of us who reads it to pause at the interface between cultural expectation and personal integrity, and there attend to how we view others, how they view us, and how we view ourselves." -Cynthia L. Rigby, W.C. Brown Professor of Theology, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, USA.
 
"This concise book is a refreshingly important contribution to the current state of public theology from the perspective of Asian American theologians, a perspective that has rarely been heard before." -Fumitaka Matsuoka, Robert Gordon Sproul Professor of Theology and Executive Director of the PANA Institute, Pacific School of Religion, USA.
 
"I think overall the technique of focusing on this one famous video works as a way of making the issues vivid and contemporary for readers who are not experts in Asian studies but want to see how some of these strands of popular culture, stereotypes,history of immigration and the teachings of Christianity on hospitality and the marginalized come together. Readers will see their own prejudices through the eyes of the two authors." - Michael McLaughlin, Associate Professor, Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religion, Saint Leo University, USA.
 
"Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Joseph Cheah disclose their extraordinary and amazing insights on racialized and sexualized Asian American history in light of Psy's song 'Gangnam Style.' Reading this book will open readers' eyes and will deepen their self-identity." -Andrew Sung Park, Professor of Theology and Ethics, United Theological Seminary, USA, and author of Racial Conflict & Healing.

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ISBN-13:
9781137370365
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
07/11/2014
Series:
Asian Christianity in the Diaspora
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
108
File size:
0 MB

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