Buddha Is Hiding: Refugees, Citizenship, the New America (California Series in Public Anthropology)

Buddha Is Hiding: Refugees, Citizenship, the New America (California Series in Public Anthropology)

Aihwa Ong

Fleeing the murderous Pol Pot regime, Cambodian refugees arrive in the US as instantly the sufferers and the heroes of America's misadventures in Southeast Asia; and their encounters with American citizenship are contradictory in addition. provider services, bureaucrats, and employers exhort them to be self-reliant, individualistic, and unfastened, whilst the procedure and the tradition constrain them inside phrases of ethnicity, race, and sophistication. Buddha Is Hiding tells the tale of Cambodian americans experiencing American citizenship from the bottom-up. according to wide fieldwork in Oakland and San Francisco, the examine places a human face on how American institutions—of well-being, welfare, legislation, police, church, and industry—affect minority electorate as they negotiate American tradition and re-interpret the yank dream.

In her prior publication, Flexible Citizenship, anthropologist Aihwa Ong wrote of elite Asians shuttling around the Pacific. This parallel learn tells the very diversified tale of "the different Asians" whose direction takes them from refugee camps to California's inner-city and high-tech enclaves. In Buddha Is Hiding we see those refugees turning into new citizen-subjects via a twin means of being-made and self-making, balancing spiritual salvation and entrepreneurial values as they undergo and undermine, take up and deflect conflicting classes approximately welfare, paintings, medication, gender, parenting, and mass tradition. attempting to carry directly to the values of relations and residential tradition, Cambodian american citizens still frequently think that "Buddha is hiding." Tracing the entangled paths of terrible and wealthy Asians within the American state, Ong increases new questions on the shape and that means of citizenship in an period of globalization.

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