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Asian American Identities and Practices: Folkloric Expressions in Everyday Life

edited by Jonathan H.X. Lee and Kathleen Nadeau
Format
Book
Published
Lanham, Maryland : Lexington Books, [2014]
Language
English
ISBN
9780739147320, 0739147323, 9780739147344 (electronic)
Summary
"Asian American Identities and Practices: Folkloric Expressions in Everyday Life probes the intersection, interplay, and interconnection of Asian and Asian American folklore and folklife in globally fluid and culturally creative landscapes among Asian American communities and subjects. Asian American folklore, as a way of life and practice, has emerged and continues to emerge as Asian Americans lay claim and take root in the American mosaic. As such, the contributors in this volume all show how the Asian American historical experiences and continued international migration inform the production of new folkloric practices, subjectivities, and ideologies, which in turn strengthen specific Asian American ways of life while normalizing folklore that are squarely produced in Asian America. This collection illustrates that Asian American folklore and folklife is interwoven with social relationships, the creation of various types of ethnic, cultural, and national identities, and adaptive strategies within the particular historical periods, communities, and shifting boundaries and demographics of Asian America. The global context of Asian American folklore and folklife, especially in the racially charged post-9/11 context, bespeaks how Asians, past and present, maneuver the cultural spaces of their host society and old traditions to create new sites and new opportunities for cultural folkloric production and expression in everyday life."--
Contents
  • Introduction : disciplines and discourses in Asian American folklore and folklife : prospects, patterns, practices, and problems in an emerging landscape / Jonathan H.X. Lee and Kathleen Nadeau
  • Folklore and Asian American humor : stereotypes, politics, and self / Ayako Yoshimura
  • Folklore and the visual culture of Burmese America : domestic Buddhist practices and the Dhammananda Monastery / Winston Kyan
  • The "movement" as folklore : Asian American college youth and vernacular expressions of Asian Pacific American heritage / Dawn Lee Tu
  • Once upon a time in Chinese America : literary folktales in American picture books / Lorraine Dong
  • Things matter : Chinese American culture work and the gods of Marysville / Jonathan H.X. Lee and Vivian-Lee Nyitray
  • Finding the missing pieces : Korean American adoptees and the production of ritual / Soojin Pate
  • Filipino folklore, space, and performance / Francis Tanglao-Aguas
  • Forging transnational folklore : Cambodian American hip hop / Cathy L. Schlund-Vials
  • Japanese American appropriation of folkloric symbols through origami and hip hop / Brett Esaki
  • Igorot American folk dance : performance, identity, and the paradox of decolonization / Mark Sabas Leo and Jonathan H.X. Lee
  • Guangong : the Chinese god of war and literature in America : from celestial stranger to common culture (1850-2011 CE) / Jonathan H.X. Lee
  • Folklore as a sacred heritage : Vietnamese indigenous religions in California / Janet Hoskins
  • Of flying brooms and sorcerers : spell-castings, love potions, and supernatural plants / Rossina Zamora Liu
  • Korean folklore in the lives of Korean American Christian women / Christine Hong
  • Late-life, mortuary, and memorial rituals in the Japanese American community / Ronald Y. Nakasone.
Description
xxi, 260 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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