Select Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Tsang, Martin. “Ingesting Indenture: Lydia Cabrera, Yellow Blindness, Chinese Bodies, and the Generation of Afro-Chinese Divinatory Religious Knowledge.” History & Anthropology (Forthcoming 2021).

Tsang, Martin. “Write into Being: The Production of the Self and Circulation of Ritual Knowledge in Afro-Cuban Religious Libre.” (Forthcoming 2021).


Tsang, Martin. “Jubilant Coral and Jade: How Afro-Cuban Beaded Art Reflects Religion, Heritage, and Anthropology.” Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures 2, no. 1 (2017): 143–63. https://doi.org/10.2979/chiricu.2.1.11.


Tsang, Martin. “The Power of Containing and the Containing of Power: Creating, Collecting, and Documenting an Afro-Cuban Lukumí Beaded Vessel.” Journal of Museum Ethnography. March (2017): 125–147.

Tsang, Martin. “An Archivist and an Anthropologist walk into a Book Fair: Planning a First-time Trip to the Feria Internacional del Libro in Guadalajara, Mexico.” World Libraries Open Journal Systems 5, no. 2. (2017).


Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters/Edited Volumes

Tsang, Martin. “Material Religion.” In The Oxford Handbook of Caribbean Religion, edited by Michelle González Maldonado. New York: Oxford University Press. (forthcoming 2021).


Tsang, Martin. “Forming Strands and Ties in the Knotted Atlantic: Methodologies of Color and Practice of Beadwork in Lukumí Religion.” In Theorizing Folklore from the Margins: Critical and Ethical Approaches (Activist Encounters in Folklore and Ethnomusicology), edited by Solimar Otero and Mintzi Auanda Martínez-Rivera. Indiana: Indiana University Press (forthcoming in 2021).


Tsang, Martin. 2019. “Signifying Waters: The Magnetic and Poetic Magic of Oshún as Reflected in Beyoncé’s Lemonade.” InThe Lemonade Reader: Beyoncé, Black Feminism and Spirituality, edited by Kinitra D. Brooks, & Kameelah L. Martin, 123–132. New York: Routledge.


Tsang, Martin. 2019. “La Caridad, Oshún, and Kuan Yin in Afro-Chinese Religion in Cuba.” InReligious Diversity in Asia, edited by Jørn Borup, Marianne Qvortrup Fibiger, and Lene Kühle, 271–289. Leiden: Brill.


Tsang, Martin. 2019. “La Mulata Achinada: Bodies, Gender, and Authority in Afro-Chinese Religion in Cuba.” In Afro-Asian Connections, edited by Luisa Ossa and Debbie Lee-DiStefano, 209–224. New York: Lexington Books.


Tsang, Martin. 2019. “On Becoming the Archive: Lydia Cabrera and the Transnational Production of Afro-Cuban Knowledge.” In Lydia Cabrera: Between the Sum and the Parts, by Lydia Cabrera, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Gabriela Rangel, 60–68. Cologne: Walther Koenig Verlag.


Tsang, Martin. 2017. “Handing on the Splendid Torch: The Continuing Evolution of the Learning Commons.” In A Splendid Torch: Learning and Teaching in Today’s Academic Libraries, edited Jodi Reeves Eyre, John C. Maclachlan, and Christa Williford. Washington D.C. Council on Library and Information Resources. https://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub174/.


Tsang, Martin. 2016. “Yellow Blindness in a Black and White Ethnoscape: Chinese Influence and Heritage in Afro-Cuban Religiosity.” In Imagining Communities: Asians in the Americas, edited by Zelideth María Rivas and Debbie Lee-DiStefano. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.


Tsang, Martin. 2016. “Spirits and Spirit Possession.” In Culture, and Customs of the Yorùbá, edited by Toyin Falola and Akintunde Akinyemi, 433–445. Austin: Pan-African University Press.


Tsang, Martin. 2013. “A Different Kind of Sweetness: Yemayá in Afro-Cuban Religion.” In Yemoja: Gender, Sexuality, And Creativity in the Latina/o And Afro-Atlantic, edited by Solimar Otero and Toyin Falola, 113–130. New York: SUNY.



Other Publications

Tsang, Martin. 2019. “A Critical Biography of Lydia Cabrera.” In Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism Series. Volume 380. Farmington Hills: Cengage Gale.


Tsang, Martin. 2019. “A Breakdown of Cuba’s 2019 Letra del Año, the Santero Guide to this Year.” In Remezcla Magazine. January. https://remezcla.com/culture/la-letra-del-ano-2019/.


Tsang, Martin. 2017. “Anointed in Oil.” In Death Be Gone, edited by Melody Santiago Cummings, 1–4. Miami: Jai Alai Books. https://www.omiami.org/shop/death-be-gone


Tsang, Martin. 2016. “Charms and Sorcery.” InThe Encyclopedia of the Yorùbá, edited by Toyin Falola and Akintunde Akinyemi, 59; 307. Indiana: Indiana University Press.


Tsang, Martin. 2016. “¿Tienes Memoria? Have you got Memory? Religious Knowledge Transfers via el Paquete.” In Cuba Counterpoints. https://cubacounterpoints.com/archives/71


Tsang, Martin. 2016. “Chinese Influences on Life and Religion in Cuba” and “A Chinese-Cuban Secret Society in Havana.” In University of Miami Special Report: Cuba and the Caribbean. www.miami.cuba.edu


Tsang, Martin. 2016. “Investigating Afro-Cuban Religious Activity at Biscayne National Park.” American Conservation Experience. http://afrocubanreligion.omeka.net.


Tsang, Martin. 2015. “Pedroso y Aldama, Regino,” “Pérez Sarduy, Pedro,” and “Chuffat Latour, Antonio.” In The Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography, edited by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Franklin K. Knight. New York: Oxford University Press.


Tsang, Martin. 2005. “Osayin” and “The Arará.” In The Encyclopedia of African American Folklore, edited by Anand Prahlad. Westport: Greenwood Press.


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