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What Is Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics? Reading the New Testament$
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Tat-siong Benny Liew

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780824831622

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824831622.001.0001

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Reading with Yin Yang Eyes

Reading with Yin Yang Eyes

Negotiating the Ideological Dilemma of a Chinese American Biblical Hermeneutics

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(p.18) Chapter 2 Reading with Yin Yang Eyes
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What Is Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics? Reading the New Testament
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Tat-siong Benny Liew

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824831622.003.0002

This chapter focuses on the concept of yin yang eyes—another kind of eyes that is popular within Chinese culture, aside from the slanted and evil eyes that dominate the U.S. culture—and its implications for interpreting the Bible. Chinese talk about people, generally women, who have yin yang eyes: eyes that can see persons and ghosts, both the living and the dead. In reading the Bible with yin yang eyes, Chinese Americans can see more as well as talk back to the dominant culture that has racialized them by reifying “their” eyes. Reading with yin yang eyes is reading from a marginal sight/site. Such a marginal sight/site features a contrary look that reads against itself, a returned gaze that reads without any assumption of biblical authority, a broad view that reads beyond single-issue politics, and a transgressive perspective that reads across disciplines.

Keywords:   yin yang eyes, Chinese culture, slanted eyes, U.S. culture, Bible, Chinese Americans, racialization, biblical authority

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