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Buddha Is Hiding: Refugees, Citizenship, the New America (California Series in Public Anthropology) Hardcover – September 4, 2003

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"A fascinating look at an often overlooked group of Asian Americans, Buddha Is Hiding takes the reader on an ethnographic journey with Cambodian refugees as they negotiate American citizenship in an American system that tries to produce a particular type of liberal, economic, and individual subject."

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"In this tour-de-force ethnography, acclaimed anthropologist Aihwa Ong trains her awesome ethnographic and theoretic talents on the brutal forces reconfiguring citizenship in a globalized world of war refugees, economic immigrants, and technicians of the modern soul. A work of breathtaking brilliance, beauty, perception and compassion that should bestir Buddha and the rest of us to action."—Judith Stacey, author of Brave New Families

"In this impressive and substantial work, Ong brings together rich ethnographies of Southeast Asia immigrants with a conceptually deft and poignant analysis of the human technologies of citizen-making. At stake is no less than a radical rethinking of the conditions of life, the meaning of the human, and a conception of power beyond the confines of traditional sovereignty."—Judith Butler, author of The Psychic Life of Power: Theories of Subjection

"Ong's vivid ethnography, filtered through her astute theoretical gaze, transforms and enlarges our understandings of immigration and citizenship in an increasingly multicultural nation. Ong closely follows the everyday lives of Cambodian refugees in California, as they struggle to make sense of, selectively embrace, and talk back to American demands for personal autonomy, narcissism, greed, and materialism, which fly in the face of Cambodian values of compassion, community, and reciprocity. Like her subjects' lives, this book is a marvelous and remarkable achievement."—Nancy Scheper-Hughes, author of Death without Weeping

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Product Details

  • Series: California Series in Public Anthropology (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (September 4, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520229983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520229983
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,059,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Aihwa Ong gives a new depth to citizenship study through illustrations of the struggles of refugees in a new country. After being forced to leave their homes, these refugees are faced with a new world of cosmopolitan ideas. Ong explains that the United States is a place where ethnic succession rules (only being considered "American" after a number of generations). It's a great book and essential to anyone studying citizenship, cultural Anthropology, or the San Francisco Bay Area.
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