By Aihwa Ong

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

In her past publication, Flexible Citizenship, anthropologist Aihwa Ong wrote of elite Asians shuttling around the Pacific. This parallel examine tells the very diversified tale of "the different Asians" whose course takes them from refugee camps to California's inner-city and high-tech enclaves. In Buddha Is Hiding we see those refugees changing into new citizen-subjects via a twin strategy of being-made and self-making, balancing non secular salvation and entrepreneurial values as they undergo and undermine, take in 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 americans still frequently believe that "Buddha is hiding." Tracing the entangled paths of negative and wealthy Asians within the American country, Ong increases new questions on the shape and that means of citizenship in an period of globalization.

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