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The Dual Role a Buddhist Monk Played in the American South: The Balance between Heritage and Citizenship in the Refugee Community

Daniel Rhodes;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 May 2016 Journal: Religions (issn: 2077-1444, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: MDPI AG
Buddhist Monks in Vietnam struggle with cultural preservation differently from a monk in the U.S. where the forces of acculturation for new arrivals, often refugees, are extraordinarily overwhelming. The author provides a case study examining how Buddhist leaders engage in cultural preservation and community building in the American South. Fusing ideas of Engaged Buddhism and community building, the author will demonstrate how a Buddhist monk is able to navigate the broader American culture and assist Vietnamese immigrants and refugees to acculturate, while maintaining their own cultural heritage, beliefs and religious traditions; ultimately building a viable an...
free text keywords: Engaged Buddhism, Vietnamese refugees, community building, social work, Religions. Mythology. Rationalism, BL1-2790, Sociology, Refugee, Gender studies, Buddhism, Culture of the United States, Cultural heritage, Citizenship, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Vietnamese, language.human_language, language, Acculturation, Environmental ethics
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