Buddhism and Islam in America: Scott Kurashige on PRI’s The World

By PRI’s The World
August 25, 2010

Heated rhetoric continues to swirl around the proposal to build an Islamic community center a few blocks from the World Trade Center site. Historians say this sort of debate has many precedents in American history. Historian Scott Kurashige sees a parallel between the controversy over the community center and efforts to block Japanese immigrants from building Buddhist temples and shrines in the decades surrounding World War II.

Listen to Scott Kurashige’s conversation with Marco Werman and read the transcript here.

Download an mp3 of the broadcast here.

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