Family Sacrifices: The Worldviews and Ethics of Chinese Americans (Hardback)
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Family Sacrifices: The Worldviews and Ethics of Chinese Americans (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 25/07/2019
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Fifty-two percent of Chinese Americans report having no religious affiliation, making them the least religiously-identified ethnic group in the United States. But that statistic obscures a much more complex reality. Family Sacrifices reveals that Chinese Americans employ familism, not religion, as the primary narrative by which they find meaning, identity, and belonging. As a transpacific lived tradition, Chinese American familism prioritizes family above other commitments and has roots in Chinese Popular Religion and Confucianism. The spiritual and ethical systems of China emphasize practicing rituals and cultivating virtue, whereas American religious research usually focuses on belief in the supernatural or belonging to a religious tradition. To address this gap in understanding, Family Sacrifices introduces the concept of liyi, translated as ritual propriety and righteous relations. Re-appropriated from its original Chinese usage, liyi offers a new way of understanding Chinese religion and a new lens for understanding the emergence of religious "nones" in the United States. The first book based on national survey data on Asian American religious practices, Family Sacrifices is a seminal text on the fastest-growing racial group in the United States.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780190875923
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 450 g
Dimensions: 239 x 161 x 22 mm


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Family Sacrifices is a fascinating and important contribution to understanding how Chinese cultural, ethical and religious traditions are passed on in the United States. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand both the Chinese-American experience and Asian-American religions. * Carolyn Chen, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California *
Family Sacrifices debunks popular myths about of Chinese American religiosity. The authors offer a nuanced, culturally sensitive and powerful analysis of Chinese American familism as a hybridized and transpacific lived tradition rooted in Chinese Confucianism and folk religion and illuminate the presence of rituals and moral boundary systems among non-religious Americans. A major breakthrough in the field of religious studies. * Min Zhou, Professor and Walter & Shirley Wang Endowed Chair in US-China Relations & Communications, University of California, Los Angeles *
This is a book on Chinese American religious life that we have been waiting for. It addresses longstanding sociological puzzles about the apparent lack of religious life of Chinese Americans, and it takes on the complex moral and religious discourses and practices of the so-called hyphenated Americans, for whom their immigrant heritage is still an essential part of life. What this nuanced ethnographic account shows is that the case of Chinese Americans is both particular and universal, and the superb analysis illustrates the often-hidden habits of the heart of Chinese American life. * Anna Sun, author of Confucianism as a World Religion: Contested Histories and Contemporary Realities *

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