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"The Path of San Luis Obispo’s First Buddhist Community" - James Papp
Note: Sunday Programs are open for both in-person and Zoom attendees. In-person attendees are welcome to arrive at 5:30pm to socialize outside of the meditation center until the program begins at 6pm. Before attending in person, read the full protocol here
The talk will focus on the arrival of Japanese Buddhists in California in the 1860s; the long struggle against almost universal prejudice; the founding of a Buddhist congregation in San Luis Obispo County in the late 1920s; the catastrophe of Japanese American internment in 1942; the assistance of white allies; and the the contribution of Japanese Buddhists to the African American and Mexican American community that would replace them in Japantown."
James Papp is a historian and architectural historian practicing in San Luis Obispo. He also serves as executive director of the Coastal Awakening, a nonprofit group that focuses on the avant-garde artistic, social, and spiritual movements that have flourished on the Central Coast. He grew up in California and New Zealand, did his undergraduate and graduate work at UCSD and UCLA, served in the Peace Corps in Slovakia, and did a postdoc at the Free University of Berlin, before working as an academic editor and administrator in New York City. He writes on local issues for the Tribune Opinion section and appears regularly as a history commentator on local radio and television.
Since participating in the Black Lives Matter protests last year, he has concentrated on speaking and writing on the history of race and racism in San Luis Obispo County and California.
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- Meeting ID:599 251 806
- Password: WHS
Sunday, July 4, 2021, 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM
Hybrid - WHSMC and Zoom
6615 Bay Laurel Pl.
Avila Beach, CA 93424
Registration is not Required