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Buddhadharma : Summer 2016
summer 2 0 1 6 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly 51 Huge Diversity Since I wasn’t finding many young adult Asian American Buddhists in temples or meditation cen- ters, I put out a call for participants online and by word of mouth. Several people expressed interest but worried they might not fit the parameters of the project. Do I qualify as a young adult if I’m in my early 30s? I’m not very devout; can I still partici- pate? A lot of times the media limits “Asian Ameri- can” to East and Southeast Asians—can I par- ticipate in your project as a South Asian? In their uncertainty, I heard echoes of bell hooks’ insecurity about not counting as an “authentic” Buddhist. Wanting to explore a range of possible meanings for the category “young adult Asian American Bud- dhist,” I deliberately used wide parameters, inviting anyone between the ages of eighteen to thirty-nine who was of full or partial Asian heritage and living in America, and also engaged in Buddhist practice, broadly defined, to participate in an in-person interview. The interviews covered a multitude of topics, including participants’ Buddhist practices, communities, and beliefs; perceptions of Bud- dhism in America; and opinions about the representation of Asian American Bud- dhists. Despite being part of what has been dubbed “the least religious gen- eration,” the millennials (and a few young-at-heart Gen Xers) I talked to had plenty to say. Our conversations ranged from ninety minutes to more than five hours. Many told me it was the first time they had reflected so extensively on their Buddhist journeys. “Even if you just research within Asian American Buddhists, there’s huge diversity,” Anthuan, a Vietnamese Ameri- can studying Buddhist chaplaincy, remarked during his interview. (Both real names and pseudonyms have been used in this article, according to each interviewee’s preference.) Indeed, George Yamazawa | Poet, emcee, teaching artist | Durham, North Carolina | SGI (Soka Gakkai International) I believe my story is valid, worthy, and important, just like everybody else’s. I was born into the practice of Nichiren Buddhism and the SGI community but didn’t fully deepen my faith and understanding until I had to take responsibility for my own life and struggles. With unshakable conviction, I believe it is important to wholeheartedly share my experience with as many people as possible in order to help humanity reach true happiness.