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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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Refugee Medicine: Attracting and Deflecting the Gaze

Refugee Medicine: Attracting and Deflecting the Gaze

(p.91) Chapter 4 Refugee Medicine: Attracting and Deflecting the Gaze
Buddha Is Hiding

Aihwa Ong

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on refugee medicine and views it as a disciplinary scheme for producing both good patients and good citizens. It begins by examining how immigration authorities treated the diseased and political bodies of Cambodian refugees allowed into the United States. It then introduces the problem of Southeast Asian mental health. The next section looks at a series of clinic encounters where health workers and refugees are shown to be involved in subtle and overt struggles over patient objectives, medical and therapeutic knowledge, and even cultural beliefs.

Keywords:   refugee medicine, immigration authorities, Southeast Asian mental health, Cambodia refugees, immigration authorities, refugee

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