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A statue of Kwan Yin, the Buddhist goddess of compassion, has been added to the shrine where a Buddha statue was placed about five years ago. Vietnamese immigrants in the Oakland neighborhood make offerings to the statues as part of a daily ritual.

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Thomas Walden Levy

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Vina Vo is an immigrant from Vietnam who takes care of the Bhuddist shrine. She left Vietnam in 1982 on a small boat and lived for seven years in a refugee camp in Hong Kong before arriving in the United States.

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Thomas Walden Levy

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Vietnamese immigrants in this Oakland neighborhood pray to a small shrine erected five years ago. The area was once littered, covered in graffiti, and a frequent stop for the city's public works department. But after one neighborhood resident placed the statue on the corner, local Vietnamese immigrants "adopted" the Buddha and helped clean up the community.

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Tom Levy

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An elaborate Bhuddist shrine, maintained by Vietnamese immigrants in Oakland, has taken the place of trash and dumped mattresses in the neighborhood.

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Thomas Walden Levy

For years, only a piece of scrap metal covered the Buddha, but in July some Vietnamese immigrants in Oakland upgraded the shrine. Here, Vietnamese immigrants celebrate a Buddhist holiday with a special ceremony in the Oakland neighborhood.

For years, only a piece of scrap metal covered the Buddha, but in July some Vietnamese immigrants in Oakland upgraded the shrine. Here, Vietnamese immigrants celebrate a Buddhist holiday with a special ceremony in the Oakland neighborhood.

Credit:

Thomas Walden Levy

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