Enfolding Silence: The Transformation of Japanese American Religion and Art under Oppression by Brett J. EsakiEnfolding Silence: The Transformation of Japanese American Religion and Art under Oppression by Brett J. Esaki

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

byBrett J. Esaki

Hardcover | June 1, 2016

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This book demonstrates how Japanese Americans have developed traditions of complex silences to survive historic moments of racial and religious oppression and how they continue to adapt these traditions today. Brett Esaki offers four case studies of Japanese American art-gardening, origami,jazz, and monuments - and examines how each artistic practice has responded to a historic moment of oppression. He finds that these artistic silences incorporate and convey obfuscated and hybridized religious ideas from Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Shinto, indigenous religions, andcontemporary spirituality. While silence is often thought of as the binary opposite and absence of sound, Esaki offers a theory of non-binary silence that articulates how multidimensional silences are formed and how they function. He argues that non-binary silences have allowed Japanese Americans to disguise, adapt, andinnovate religious resources in order to negotiate racism and oppressive ideologies from both the United States and Japan. Drawing from the fields of religious studies, ethnic studies, theology, anthropology, art, music, history, and psychoanalysis, this book highlights the ways in which silence hasbeen used to communicate the complex emotions of historical survival, religious experience, and artistic inspiration.
Brett J. Esaki is Assistant Professor of American Religions at Georgia State University.
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Title:Enfolding Silence: The Transformation of Japanese American Religion and Art under OppressionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:June 1, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190251425

ISBN - 13:9780190251420

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"Enfolding Silence plumbs the depths of silence and reveals its complex nature and startling expression. Through a thought-provoking and sophisticated analysis of the Japanese American cultural arts, Esaki evokes the spirit of a people and their complex language of survival, resistance, andhope. Provocative and profound." --Jane Naomi Iwamura, author of Virtual Orientalism: Asian Religions and American Popular Culture