By Gurinder Singh Mann
Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs in the USA explores the demanding situations that Asian immigrants face whilst their religion--and for this reason culture--is "remade within the usa" Peppered with tales of person humans and the way they really dwell their faith, this informative ebook provides an outline of every religion's ideals, a quick background of immigration--and discrimination--for every one team, and the way immigrants have tailored their spiritual ideals considering the fact that they arrived. alongside the best way, the jobs of guys and girls, perspectives towards relationship and marriage, the connection to the place of birth, the "brain drain" from Asia of scientists, engineers, physicians, and different execs, and American offshoots of Asian religions, comparable to the Hare Krishnas and Transcendental Meditation (TM), are mentioned.
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The first immigrant wave after the 1965 act included many professionals and highly educated people. Later waves brought some lessskilled and less-educated immigrants, as well as many refugees from wartorn Buddhist countries in Southeast Asia. These factors explain why 50 Buddhism's Growth and Popularity • some Buddhist groups struggle to survive in America today while others have adjusted quite successfully to their new homeland. The overall Chinese-American population of the United States more than quadrupled between 1965 and 1990.
But some non-Buddhist observers took a stance against a revitalized Buddhist presence in the 1990s. S. Christians. S. society. Only atheism and Scientology were ranked higher. Four percent of respondents considered Christianity to be a negative influence. The second influence on contemporary American Buddhism has been the arrival of new Asian immigrants. In 1965 Congress passed the Hart-Celler Act, expanding the openings created between 1943 and 1952 for Buddhists and others from Asian countries to enter the United States.
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