Creating a Borderland, Constructing a Hybrid Identity
This book suggests that people who experience dislocation can create a borderland where their own marginality gains power and voice. In that borderland, they are able to construct a hybrid identity as a result of deep engagement with one another. In particular, the author’s fieldwork on Korean shamans reveals how the shamanic ritual itself functions as a borderland, wherein the marginalized Korean shamans gain hybrid identity. A Hermeneutic on Dislocation as Experience is a valuable resource for classes in Asian studies, ethnography, cultural anthropology, biblical spirituality, women’s spirituality, and interdisciplinary courses.
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conclusion · 5 · In this study I have endeavored to construct an Asian women’s biblical spiritu- ality, investigating a transformative meaning of dislocation as experience. The process has involved several steps. First, I read two Asian immigrant-women’s autobiographical novels as a way to explore the experience of dislocation, focusing on the shaping of self-identity. Second, I investigated a Korean sha- manic ritual community as an example of borderland where the ordinary dislo- cated person may experience empowerment and transformation. And finally, I interpreted the Gospel of John 7: 53–8: 11 in light of the Korean shamanic community. Specifically, I developed a spirituality for FBA (Foreign Born American) first–generation immigrant Asian women, focusing on the way of creating a hybrid identity. FBA refers to an individual who lives in between cultures, struggling for survival in a new location and culture. Asian American theo- logian Peter Phan explains the conditions of the “betwixt-and-between situ- ation” as follows: Spatially it is to dwell at the periphery or at the boundaries, without a permanent resi- dence. Politically, it means not residing at the centers of power of the two intersecting worlds but occupying the precarious and narrow margins where the two dominant groups-those of the homeland and the host country-meet, and consequently being park_book.indd 113 10/4/11 3:33:14 PM 114 a hermeneutic on dislocation as experience deprived of the opportunities to wield power in matters of public interest. Socially, to be betwixt and between is to be part of a minority,...
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