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Coming Home: Through the Doors of Ephraim and Egypt

  • Bernon Lee
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Part of the Postcolonialism and Religions book series (PCR)

Abstract

In this chapter, Lee returns to the rites of the Passover (Exod 11–13) by way of the tale of rape and murder in Judges 19: the former forms the literary horizon for the latter, construing the violence of the story as a sordid perversion of the Passover. The view to the texts passes through Asian American hermeneutics. Across the doors of the biblical texts and the US cultural scape, Lee foregrounds the marginalization and ambivalence—in Homi Bhabha’s sense of the term—inherent to an Asian American experience that can turn victims to victimizers. Predator and prey become interchangeable positions. From biblical texts to the desperate negotiations of ghettoized communities, then, readers must confront the ‘hybridized’ state of the colonized heart, an ambivalent heart both marginalized and marginalizing.

Keywords

Bhabha Levite America Asia Filipino American Diasporic Reading 
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