Chinese American Death Rituals: Respecting the Ancestors (Hardback)
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Chinese American Death Rituals: Respecting the Ancestors (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 15/09/2005
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Chinese American Death Rituals examines Chinese American funerary rituals and cemeteries from the late nineteenth century until the present in order to understand the importance of Chinese funerary rites and their transformation through time. The authors in this volume discuss the meaning of funerary rituals and their normative dimension and the social practices that have been influenced by tradition. Shaped by individual beliefs, customs, religion, and environment, Chinese Americans have resolved the tensions between assimilation into the mainstream culture and their strong Chinese heritage in a variety of ways.

Publisher: AltaMira Press,U.S.
ISBN: 9780759107335
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 626 g
Dimensions: 235 x 154 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
In this book, eleven historians and anthropologists combine to give the broadest and most nuanced coverage to date of Chinese American death rituals. Recommended. * CHOICE *
This volume contains a number of invaluable reports of archaeological findings on Chinese death-ritual practices in America in the 19th and 20th centuries. It looks at the migration history of the overseas Chinese from a special angle, and sheds new light on our understanding of the living culture-through studying the dead-of the early Chinese sojourners in the West. * Journal Of Chinese Overseas *
Chinese American Death Rituals: Respecting the Ancestors is a valuable addition to the increasingly important subject of death ways. This highly readable work should be of tremendous interest to archeologists, ethnographers, folklorists, landscape historians, cultural geographers, and architectural historians. -- Jeffrey L. Durbin * The Journal Of Heritage Stewardship, Winter 2009 *
"A brand-new look at [Chinese American] history. At times it sneaks up on the reader and positively enthralls." * The Asian Reporter *

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