Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Different Face: Immigration, Western Converts, and the Sustainability of Traditional Theravada Buddhism in Two North Carolina Temples 1965–2000s
by Morgan, Zachary Kevin, M.A., Western Carolina University, 2019, 126; 27547983
Abstract (Summary)

Since 1965, the factor which has played the largest role in transforming Theravada Buddhism in North Carolina has been the changing demographics, or internal communities, of individual temples. The first temples were largely comprised of Southeast Asian immigrants, while now many are primarily made up of Western converts. This has forced most monks in the state to adopt more Americanized teachings and practices in order to maintain the support system they need to continue practicing in North Carolina.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ferguson, Robert
Commitee: Graham, Gael, Francis-Fallon, Benjamin
School: Western Carolina University
Department: History
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: MAI 81/7(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Religious history, Asian American Studies, American history
Keywords: Buddhism, Burma, Immigration, North Carolina, Thailand, Theravada
Publication Number: 27547983
ISBN: 9781392618318
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