By Carol A. Mortland
Cambodian Buddhism within the United States is the 1st entire anthropological learn of Khmer Buddhism as practiced by way of Khmer refugees within the usa. according to study performed at Khmer temples and websites through the kingdom over a interval of 3 and a part many years, Carol A. Mortland makes use of player statement, open-ended interviews, lifestyles histories, and dialogues with Khmer clergymen and laypeople to discover the typical perform of Khmer faith, together with spirit ideals and therapeutic rituals. This ethnography is enriched and supplemented by way of old bills, reviews, memoirs, unpublished lifestyles histories, and family members memorabilia painstakingly preserved via refugees. Mortland additionally strains the alterations that Cambodians have made to faith as they try with the demanding situations of dwelling in a brand new nation, studying English, and assisting themselves. The ideals and practices of Khmer Muslims and Khmer Christians within the usa also are reviewed.
Carol A. Mortland is a retired professor and the coeditor (with David W. Haines) of Manifest Destinies: Americanizing Immigrants and Internationalizing Americans, and (with may perhaps M. Ebihara and Judy Ledgerwood) Cambodian tradition because 1975: fatherland and Exile.