January 14, 2019 On Campus
2019-01-14 17:00 2019-01-14 18:30 America/New_York Meditate & Destroy Abbot Hall Andover

Meditate & Destroy

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Abbot Hall

Brace Faculty Fellow Presentation

Reclaiming the Voices of Asian Women in a Systemically White Mindfulness Movement 

Lilia Cai-Hurteau’s project posits fundamental questions intersecting gender, race, religion, and culture: “Is Buddhism a ‘model-minority’ religion and philosophy that makes Asian-American women more invisible or passive? Can an understanding of Buddhist beliefs help ground a new wave of Asian-American feminism that empowers Asian women in becoming more outspoken,” thus creating a unifying force for political, economic, cultural, and social justice?

Focusing on the growing popularity of mindfulness, a practice originating in Asian culture and belief systems, Cai-Hurteau deconstructs ways in which mind- fulness has been appropriated in the United States. Her research invites us to “reimagine culturally responsive and oppression-sensitive mindfulness education” from an intersectional feminist perspective.

is project centers the experiences of Asian and Asian- American women, whose “wisdom and voices” have frequently not been represented “in the research and practice of mindfulness education and yet whose lived experiences are often authentically rooted in philosophies and traditions at the core of mindfulness.” 

School Room, 3rd floor of Abbot Hall (on the Abbot campus)

Open to the PA community; dinner will be served.

The Brace Faculty Fellow Program is a partnership with the Dean of Faculty’s Office. 

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