Asian Migrants and Religious Experience
Asian Migrants and Religious Experience
From Missionary Journeys to Labor Mobility
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1. Introduction: Human Mobility as Engine of Religious Change Bernardo E. Brown & Brenda S.A. Yeoh SECTION 1: Mobile Religious Practices 2. Saving Yogis: Spiritual Nationalism and the Proselytizing Missions of Global Yoga Amanda Lucia 3. Renewed flows of ritual knowledge and ritual affect within transnational networks: a case study of three ritual-events of the Xinghua (Henghua) communities in Singapore Kenneth Dean 4. Liberalizing the Boundaries: Reconfiguration of Religious Beliefs and Practice amongst Sri Lankan Immigrants in Australia Jagath Bandara Pathirage SECTION 2: Transnational Proselytizing 5. From structural separation to religious incorporation. A case study of a transnational Buddhist group in Shanghai, China Weishan Huang 6. Ÿ10/40 windowŒ: Naga missionaries as spiritual migrants and the Asian experience Arkotong Longkumer 7. Religion, Masculinity and Transnational Mobility. Migrant Catholic Men and the Politics of Evangelization Ester Gallo 8. Helping the Wounded as Religious Experience: The Free Burma Rangers in Karen State, Myanmar Alexander Horstmann SECTION 3: Refashioning Religiosity in the Diaspora 9. A Multicultural Church: Notes on Sri Lankan Transnational Workers and the Migrant Chaplaincy in Italy Bernardo E. Brown 10. ŸBahala na ang DiyosŒi: the Paradox of Empowerment among Filipino Catholic Migrants in South Korea Bubbles Beverly Neo Asor 11. Feeling Hindu: the devotional Sivaist aesthetic matrix and the creation of a diasporic Hinduism in North Sumatra Silvia Vignato AFTERWORD 12. What Makes Asian Migrants’ Religious Experience Asian? Janet Alison Hoskins

Bernardo Brown, Brenda Yeoh (eds)

Asian Migrants and Religious Experience

From Missionary Journeys to Labor Mobility

Typically, scholars approach migrants’ religions as a safeguard of cultural identity, something that connects migrants to their communities of origin. This ethnographic anthology challenges that position by reframing the religious experiences of migrants as a transformative force capable of refashioning narratives of displacement into journeys of spiritual awakening and missionary calling. These essays explore migrants’ motivations in support of an argument that to travel inspires a search for new meaning in religion.

Bernardo Brown

Bernardo Brown is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. He obtained his Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Cornell University and has recently edited with Michael Feener, "Configuring Catholicism in the Anthropology of Christianity"

Brenda Yeoh

Brenda S. Yeoh is Provost's Chair Professor in the Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore. Most recently she has co-authored Contested memoryscapes: The Politics of Second World War Commemoration in Singapore (Ashgate, 2016), Transnational Labour Migration, Remittances and the Changing Family in Asia (Palgrave Macmillan 2015) and Return: Nationalizing Transnational Mobility in Asia (Duke University Press, 2013).