July 12, 2009

Angry Asian Buddhist Reader

During one of my fits of heat-induced insomnia, I compiled the short list of all the papers that I’ve cited in my Angry Asian Buddhist posts, both here and on Dharma Folk.

Some of these pieces are upfront discussions of racism, while others provide a broader perspective on little-discussed issues regarding Asian American Buddhists. These articles are deliberately not in bibliographic format, if only for the sake of making this post feel less like a return to the joys of grad school. Enjoy.

Note: I am continually updating this list, hence some of the posts mentioned here were published well after this list was first posted.

1 comment :

  1. I have no idea there was a book on Taiwanese-American and religion in English... thanks for pointing it out. I'll have to check it out.

    It's true that Taiwanese become much more religious after becoming Americans - it's their often only refuge after realizing what kind of racist society they have immigrated into, and it's often too late to return. By my own estimate that Taiwanese are more likely to become Buddhist than Christians - those who "converted" are often already Christians in Taiwan (one of the main reason for immigration for some is that Christians are seen as weird yet vocal minority in Taiwan). Becoming Buddhists are really easy - since they already "worshipped" Mazu (#1 Goddess in Taiwan) and right next to the Mazu is usually a statue of Guan-Yin or Avalokiteshvara. It's an easy transition from informal Taoist/Buddhist to a hard-core Buddhist.

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