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Matsuoka, Fumitaka
Learning to speak a new tongue : imagining a way that holds people together--an Asian American conversation / Fumitaka Matsuoka
Eugene, Or. : Pickwick Publications, c2011
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 3rd Floor  HM753 .M38 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Asian Americans -- Ethnic identity
Group identity -- United States
Cultural pluralism -- United States
Physical Description xi, 142 p. ; 23 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 137-142)
Contents What holds people together in a fragmented world? -- The original language of American peoplehood and its corruption --0 People on the way : translocal and rupturally liminal experience of race -- The spirit of dissonance and dissent -- Amphibolous faith : reality is multiple
Summary What holds people together in a fragmented world? The response comes from a religious community that has not been very visible: Asian Americans. The author employs the threefold epistemological scaffold familiar to Asian Americans: (1) translocal value orientation embedded in the experiences of racialization, (2) a heightened sensitivity to pathos arising out of our dissonance with the societal norms and values, and (3) amphibolous spirituality, that is, a co-existence of multiple religious traditions without any resolution of their differences. The angle of vision embedded in this epistemological framework of Asian Americans' lives may well provide a clue to an alternate architectural paradigm in building a new peoplehood and to redefine democratic freedom as the historical paradigm of American peoplehood

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