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Buddha Is HidingRefugees, Citizenship, the New America$
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Aihwa Ong

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520229983

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520229983.001.0001

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Introduction: Government and Citizenship

Introduction: Government and Citizenship

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(p.xx) (p.1) Introduction: Government and Citizenship
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Buddha Is Hiding
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Aihwa Ong

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520229983.003.0001

This introductory chapter is concerned with Asian immigrants, specifically Cambodians, Mien, and Laotians. It first discusses the debate surrounding American citizenship before looking at the various concepts of political identity. This is followed by a section on gender differentiation and racial bipolarism. It then discusses the techniques the text uses to examine citizenship and other techniques for self-making and subject-making. The chapter ends with a section on the transition of the Cambodians from the utopian communism introduced by Pol Pot to the advanced liberalism of the United States. A summary of the other chapters is included.

Keywords:   Asian immigrants, American citizenship, political identity, gender differentiation, racial bipolarism, Pol Pot

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