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Flashpoints for Asian American Studies$
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Cathy J. Schlund-Vials

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823278602

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823278602.001.0001

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Buddhist Meditation as Strategic Embodiment: An Optative Reflection

Buddhist Meditation as Strategic Embodiment: An Optative Reflection

(p.254) Chapter 15 Buddhist Meditation as Strategic Embodiment: An Optative Reflection
Flashpoints for Asian American Studies

Sharon A. Suh

Fordham University Press

Chapter 15 seriously scrutinizes the relationship of Buddhism, “one of America’s racialized other religious darlings,” to Asian American studies, which has yet to consistently recognize religion as a legitimate site upon which to map race, gender, and sexuality. Suh argues that “the common Buddhist units of measure and authenticity” —for instance, Orientalized monks and Eastern meditation— “are uncritically reproduced in larger Asian American discourses that continue to overlook the non-devotional and non-meditative practices of Buddhist laity.” Suh’s essay counters those discourses by engendering a new way of seeing meditation politics as a means of ameliorating bodily alienation and internalized white supremacy.

Keywords:   Asian American studies, Buddhism, meditation, Orientalism, white supremacy

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