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Buddha Is Hiding: Refugees, Citizenship, the New America

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 constrain them within terms of ethnicity, race, and class. This book tells the story of Cambodian Americans experiencing American citizenship from the bottom-up. Based on extensive fieldwork in Oakland and San Francisco, the st ... More

Keywords: Pol Pot, Cambodia, Cambodian refugees, America, American citizenship, Cambodian Americans, welfare, industry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780520229983
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520229983.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aihwa Ong, author