Place, Alterity, and Narration in a Taiwanese Catholic Village


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bookPlace, Alterity, and Narration in a Taiwanese Catholic Village by Marco Lazzarotti is the 13th book in our Palgrave Macmillan book series, Asian Christianity in the Diaspora. 

Please check out all our books in our series.


This book introduces a simple idea: when we tell a story, we tell a story and at the same time create the world where this story takes place. Narration creates environments, spaces and, in a certain sense, gives symbolic meanings and values to the identities by which people interact in their daily experiences. Set in the multicultural and multireligious Taiwanese environment, this book describes the interactions, and above all the narrations, linked to a Catholic village located in the Taiwanese countryside. Catholicism in Taiwan is a minor religion (around 2% of the population), and considered a foreign and heterodox religion, something different and “other” from the Taiwanese mainstream religious environment. It is this sense of alterity that creates the stories about this place and, as a consequence, creates this place and its special identity.

Marco Lazzarotti received a PhD in Anthropology at the Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg. He is an affiliated member of the Institute of Ethnology at the University of Heidelberg and the Vice-Director of the Department of Ethnology of the IRIAE.


Asian Christianity in the Diaspora

Kim, Grace Ji-Sun (Ed), Cheah, Joseph (Ed)

Asian American theology is still at its nascent stage. It began in the 1980’s with just a handful of scholars who were recent immigrants to the United States. Now with the rise in Asian American population and the rise of Asian American theologians, this new community is an ever-important voice within theological discourse and Asian American cultural studies. This new series seeks to bring to the forefront some of the important, provocative new voices within Asian American Theology.

The series aims to provide Asian American theological responses to the complex process of migration and resettlement process of Asian immigrants and refugees. We will address theoretical works on the meaning of diaspora, exile, and social memory, and the foundational works concerning the ways in which displaced communities remember and narrate their experiences. Such an interdisciplinary approach entails intersectional analysis between Asian American contextual theology and one other factor; be it sexuality, gender, race/ethnicity, and/or cultural studies. This series also addresses Christianity from Asian perspectives. We welcome manuscripts that examine the identity and internal coherence of the Christian faith in its encounters with different Asian cultures, with Asian people, the majority of whom are poor, and with non-Christian religions that predominate the landscape of the Asian continent. Palgrave is embarking on a transformation of discourse within Asian and Asian American theological scholarship as this will be the first of its kind. As we live in a global world in which Christianity has re-centered itself in the Global South and among the racialized minorities in the United States, it behooves us to listen to the rich, diverse and engaging voices of Asian and Asian American theologians.


Below are the list of 12 other books in our series with more books to be released later in the year.

12th Book in Series: Asian and Asian American Women in Theology and Religion edited by Kwok Pui-lan, (Ed) (2020)

11th Book in Series: Meaning and Controversy within Chinese Ancestor Religion by Batairwa Kubuya, P. (2018)

10th Book in Series: Ascension Theology and Habakkuk by Presa, Neal. D. (2018)

9th Book in Series: Interreligous Pedagogy edited by Park, J. E. Sophia, Wu, Emily S. (2018)

8th Book in the Series: Korean Women, Self-Esteem, and Practical Theology by Lucy Chung

Seventh Book in the Series: Evangelical Pilgrims from the East: Faith Fundamentals of Korean American Protestant Diasporas by Dr. Sunggu Yang


Sixth Book in the Series:  The Gendered Politics of the Korean Protestant Right: Hegemonic Masculinity by Nami Kim


Fifth Book in the Series: Religious Language and Asian American Hybridity by Dr. Julius-Kei Kato


Fourth Book in the Series:  Theological Reflections on the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement edited by Drs. Justin K. H. Tse and Jonathan Y. Tan


Third Book in the SeriesReligious Experience Among Second Generation Korean Americans (Anthropology, Change and Development) by Mark Chung Hearn


Second Book in the SeriesIdentity, Youth, and Gender in Korean American Church by Christine Hong


1st Book in the Series: Theological Reflections on Gangnam Style: A Racial, Sexual and Cultural Critique  co-written Joseph Cheah & Grace Ji-Sun Kim

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Theological Reflections on “Gangnam Style”: A Racial, Sexual, and Cultural Critique


Cheah, Joseph, Kim, Grace  Ji-Sun (2014)

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