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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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Redressing Bodies in Corinth

Redressing Bodies in Corinth

Racial/Ethnic Politics and Religious Difference in the Context of Empire

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(p.75) Chapter 5 Redressing Bodies in Corinth
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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/9780824831622.003.0005

This chapter analyzes a political ideology representing the nation of the United States as a body threatened by infection. David Palumbo-Liu describes it as having a particular discursive formation evolved that blended science with politics, as well as national and international interests, within which the nation was imagined as a body that must prevent any reproductive act that would compromise the regeneration of its species in an increasingly mobile world. One of the groups that this ideology aims to exclude from the national body has been Asian-raced bodies. The chapter then presents a threefold purpose. First, it argues that undesirable bodies often also become disembodied despite becoming simultaneously marked. Second, it points to the importance of interstices. Finally, it shows how experiences of Asian Americans may help to inform a different reading of 1 Corinthians.

Keywords:   Asian-raced bodies, national body, United States, undesirable bodies, interstices, Asian Americans, 1 Corinthians

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