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Religions 2016, 7(5), 50; doi:10.3390/rel7050050

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

Department of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1400 Spring Garden Street Greensboro, NC 27412, USA
Academic Editor: Robert Wineburg
Received: 13 March 2016 / Revised: 3 May 2016 / Accepted: 4 May 2016 / Published: 7 May 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion, Welfare and Social Service Provision: Common Ground)
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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 and sustainable Buddhist community that contributes greatly to its new host community. View Full-Text
Keywords: Engaged Buddhism; Vietnamese refugees; community building; social work Engaged Buddhism; Vietnamese refugees; community building; social work
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Rhodes, D. The Dual Role a Buddhist Monk Played in the American South: The Balance between Heritage and Citizenship in the Refugee Community. Religions 2016, 7, 50.

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