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Enfolding Silence: The Transformation of Japanese American Religion and Art under Oppression

Brett J. Esaki

Abstract

Japanese Americans have developed complex silences in response to social and religious marginalization. Utilizing histories and ethnographies of Japanese American arts-gardening, origami, jazz, and monuments—Enfolding Silence uncovers silences that are mixtures of silences from religion, art, and oppression. To explain this, a theory of "non-binary silence" articulates how multidimensional silences form and function. Japanese American non-binary silences have been enfolded through a strategy of survival called gaimenteki doka (outward assimilation), in which an external silence of hiding in pl ... More

Keywords: silence, Japanese Americans, gardening, origami, jazz, monuments, Shinto, spirituality, American religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190251420
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190251420.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brett J. Esaki, author
Assistant Professor of American Religions, Georgia State University