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Qualitative Sociology

, Volume 30, Issue 3, pp 221–224 | Cite as

Thoughts on my “Home(land) Décor”

  • Philip Kasinitz
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There are times when sociology hits a little too close to home. As I sat in my living room reading Amy Traver’s wonderful piece on “Home(land) Décor,” I found myself looking up at a piece of calligraphy I purchased in Guangzhou 5 years ago when I adopted my younger daughter. To my untutored eye, this seems a very nice piece of calligraphy—certainly less hokey than the painting of peonies I bought outside an ancient Buddhist temple in Henan province 5 years earlier, when I adopted my older daughter. Like some of Traver’s informants, I like to think of myself as a highly cultural capitalized person, and I try to keep the ethno-consumption tasteful. Still, truth to tell, I do not really know enough about Chinese calligraphy to know whether this really is a “good” piece or not—or even what it says. I was told it was an inspirational couplet about patience and hard work leading to wisdom, and so far none of my Chinese-reading friends have disabused me of this. Still there is a part of me...

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References

  1. Brubaker, R. (2004). Ethnicity Without Groups. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
  2. Gans, H. J. (1979). Symbolic ethnicity: Future of ethnic groups and cultures in America. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 2, 1–20.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Graduate CenterCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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