Flushing, Queens: America's Most Religiously Diverse City

June 22, 2001

Source: Religion and Ethics Newsweekly


On June 22, 2001 Religion and Ethics Newsweekly reported, "R. Scott Hanson wrote his doctoral dissertation at the University of Chicago on 'City of Gods: Religious Freedom, Immigration, and Pluralism in Flushing, New York.' He is a postdoctoral research associate at Brown University. Flushing, Queens is the most religiously and ethnically diverse...

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Buddhist Helps Vietnamese Inmates at Nebraska Prison

June 19, 2001

Source: The Associated Press

On June 19, 2001, the Associated Press reported that "felons at the Nebraska State Penitentiary might be closer than most to happiness, at least in the Buddhist sense, said Buddhist Dau Nguyen, a former South Vietnamese naval officer who visits the prison." They understand suffering, he explained. "Nguyen, 54, who began meeting with individual Vietnamese prisoners at the penitentiary this year, wants to begin holding group meetings at the prison" for its small Vietnamese inmate population.

Many Indian-American Doctors in Cleveland

June 18, 2001

Source: The Plain Dealer

On June 18, 2001, The Plain Dealer reported that Cleveland is "becoming a magnet for Indian-American doctors....Nationally the Asian Indian community doubled in size last decade, to about 1.7 million people...It was the fastest growing Asian group in Ohio, reaching...39,000 people. Nationally, 4.5 percent of all doctors are of Indian ancestry...Their numbers grow with proximity to Cleveland...One in 15 Ohio doctors is Indian-American...In no other city, arguably, is such a high proportion of the Indian community licensed to practice...

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Buddhist Centers on the Rise in the Catskills

June 18, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On June 18, 2001, The New York Times reported that "major Buddhist centers have spread throughout the wooded hills and valleys of the Catskills...The Buddhist presence is steadily growing, both in the number of centers and in the increasing variety of their traditions." The area "has become the Buddhist belt," said the editor of a leading Buddhist magazine.

Hollywood Gives Narrow View of Buddhism

June 17, 2001

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On June 17, 2001, The San Francisco Chronicle published an article that pointed out that most Hollywood movies about Buddhism "are about one relatively minor sect," Tibetan Buddhism. "How about we see some other movies with another take on the teachings and culture of Buddhism?" The writer reviewed several films that offer alternative takes on Buddhism.

Monastery in Wisconsin Becomes Popular Buddhist Center

June 16, 2001

Source: Star Tribune

On June 16, 2001, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on the Deer Park Buddhist Center and monastery [in Wisconsin], which "has become one of this country's most vibrant links to the practice and teaching of Tibetan Buddhism." Hundreds of visitors arrive each year. "It has become a regular stop for the Dalai Lama when the Tibetan Buddhist leader visits the United States."

Clinton Speaks About India's Important International Role at Fundraiser

June 13, 2001

Source: India Abroad


On June 13, 2001, India Abroad reported that "former US president Bill Clinton told a large gathering of Indian Americans [in New York City] that the course of the 21st century would be shaped by, among other things, what happens in India...He was delivering the keynote address at a dinner concert organized...

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Food Fair Takes Place at Buddhist Temple Every Weekend

June 10, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On June 10, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "on weekdays, the sprawling Wat Thai Theraveda Buddhist temple complex in North Hollywood is a serene place for prayer and religious ceremonies. But on weekends it becomes a bustling food fair where local vendors serve home-cooked Thai dishes."

Buddhist Mandala Temporarily Installed at Art Museum

June 8, 2001

Source: Chapel Hill Herald

On June 8, 2001, the Chapel Hill Herald reported that the "Buddhist mandala will depart Chapel Hill this afternoon as ceremoniously as it arrived about three months ago." The remains of the mandala, a work of art created by monks at the museum, will be released into Bolin Creek. "The monks are obligated by their faith to remove the sacred religious symbol, but it's been a big hit while at the Ackland [Art Museum]."

New Interfaith Group: Religious Witness for the Earth

June 7, 2001

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On June 7, 2001, The Christian Science Monitor reported that "religious groups are responding [to Bush's policies] in active voice...seeking to bring shared moral concerns to bear on a range of public issues...A group of 165 Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish, and Buddhist clergy recently formed Religious Witness for the Earth to urge action on global warming, oppose drilling in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge, and seek a conservation-friendly energy policy."

Indian Presence in Ohio Growing

June 4, 2001

Source: The Plain Dealer

On June 4, 2001, The Plain Dealer reported on the "influx of Indians into central Ohio and the United States during the 1990s. The Indian population in Franklin County and Columbus grew by more than 150 percent from 1990 to 2000...The growth illustrates how the definition of Asian, once virtually synonymous with Japanese or Chinese, is changing."

Religious Group Claims Leader Was Wrongfully Deported

June 1, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On June 1, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "an international religious group has filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, alleging the group's leading minister was wrongfully deported after seven years in the United States." The Wu-Wei Tien Tao Association's spiritual leader, Kwai Fun Wong, was arrested in June 1999 and deported to Hong Kong without a hearing.