Creating a Buddhist Community: A Thai Temple in Silicon by Jiemin Bao

By Jiemin Bao

The Wat Thai Buddhist Temple in Silicon Valley was once based in 1983 via a gaggle of predominantly middle-class women and men with diversified ethnic and racial identities. The temple, which features as a spiritual, social, fiscal, academic, and cultural hub, has turn into a spot for the neighborhood contributors to have interaction in non secular and cultural practices.


In Creating a Buddhist Community, Jiemin Bao indicates how the Wat Thai members perform Buddhism and remodel gender relationships during organizing temple house, educating meditation, education little ones in Thai language and tradition, advantage making, fundraising, and celebrating festivals.


Bao’s specific account of the method of making an inclusive temple neighborhood with Thai immigrants because the majority is helping to deconstruct the exoticized view of Buddhism in American tradition. Creating a Buddhist Community additionally explores Wat Thai’s identity with either the U.S. and Thailand and the way this transnational point of view reimagines and reterritorializes what's known as American Buddhism.

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