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American sutra : a story of faith and freedom in the Second World War

Author: Duncan Ryūken Williams
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2019 ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II is not only a tale of injustice; it is a moving story of faith. In this pathbreaking account, Duncan Ryūken Williams reveals how, even as they were stripped of their homes and imprisoned in camps, Japanese-American Buddhists launched one of the most inspiring defenses of religious freedom in our nation's history, insisting that they could be both  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Duncan Ryūken Williams
ISBN: 0674986539 9780674986534
OCLC Number: 1091950109
Description: viii, 384 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue: Thus have I heard: an American sutra --
1. America: a nation of religious freedom? --
December 7, 1941 --
American Buddhism: migrations to freedom --
Buddhism as a national security threat --
Surveilling Buddhism --
Compiling registries --
2. Martial law in the land of aloha --
Buddhist life under martial law --
Camps in the land of aloha --
3. Japanese America under siege --
War hysteria --
Tightening the noose --
Executive Order 9066 --
The forced "relocation" --
4. Camp Dharma --
The Dharma in the high-security camps --
Lotus blossoms above muddy water --
5. Sangha behind barbed wire --
Horse stable Buddhism --
"Barrack churches" in camp --
6. Reinventing American Buddhism --
Adapting Buddhism --
Sect and trans-sect --
Interfaith cooperation --
Rooting the Sangha --
7. Onward Buddhist soldiers --
Richard Sakakida, American spy --
The military intelligence service (mis) --
Draftees and volunteers --
The 100th Battalion --
The 442nd Regimental Combat Team --
8. Loyalty and the draft --
The loyalty questionnaire --
Tule Lake Segregation Center --
Leave clearance and the draft --
9. Combat in Europe --
Dog tags --
Chaplains --
Fallen soldiers --
10. The resettlement --
Return to a hostile West Coast --
Temples as homes --
Resettling in Hawai'i and Japan --
Buddhism in America's heartland --
Epilogue: The stones speak: an American sutra.
Responsibility: Duncan Ryūken Williams.

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Duncan Ryuken Williams reveals the little-known story of how, in the darkest hours of World War II when Japanese Americans were stripped of their homes and imprisoned in camps, a community of  Read more...

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