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Author Williams, Duncan Ryūken, 1969- author.

Title American sutra : a story of faith and freedom in the Second World War / Duncan Ryūken Williams.

Publication Info. Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2019.


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Description viii, 384 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-371) and index.
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.
Summary 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 Buddhist and American.-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945.
Buddhists -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Buddhism and state -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Buddhism and politics -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Japanese Americans.
United States -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 9780674986534 hardcover ; alkaline paper
0674986539 hardcover ; alkaline paper
Standard No. 40028823128

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