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Buddha Is Hiding: Refugees, Citizenship, the New America
by Aihwa Ong
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 co ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 4th 2003 by University of California Press
(first published January 1st 2003)
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Nov 10, 2007 Kevin Karpiak rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Seekers of that which hides
Say what you want about Ong, but she has the uncanny ability to take a concept--such as "governmentality"--that in the hands of most writers turns into utter opacity and explain it so that even 17 year old university freshman with no background in social science can begin to use it to understand their own lives and see the world around them in a new way.