Buddha Is Hiding: Refugees, Citizenship, The New America


by Ong, Aihwa

Buddha Is Hiding: Refugees, Citizenship, The New America

Price:  US$37.71   (SGD47.14*)
Format:  Paper Back, 333 pages
Published:  2003, USA, 1st Edition
ISBN:  0520238249
SB#:  034810 (160)

About This Book

"Fleeing the murderous Pol Pot regime, Cambodian refugees arrive in America as at once the victims and the heroes of America's misadventures in Southeast Asia; and their encounters with American citizenship are contradictory as well. Service providers, bureaucrats, and employers exhort them to be self-reliant, individualistic, and free, even as the system and the culture constrain them within terms of ethnicity, race, and class. This book tells the story of Cambodian Americans experiencing American citizenship from the bottom-up. Based on extensive fieldwork in Oakland and San Francisco, anthropologist Aihwa Ong puts a human face on how American institutions--of health, welfare, law, police, church, and industry--affect minority citizens as they negotiate American culture and re-interpret the American dream.


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