‘American Sutra’ Author to Speak at Gardena Buddhist

Duncan Ryuken Williams examines Buddhism in the WWII concentration camps.

GARDENA — Duncan Ryuken Williams, author of “American Sutra: Buddhism and the WWII Japanese American Incarceration” (Harvard University Press), will speak on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Gardena Buddhist Church, 1517 166th St. in Gardena.

Japanese-language talk at 10 a.m. English talk at 1:30 p.m., followed by book sales and signing.

This groundbreaking history tells the little-known story of how, in one of the country’s darkest hours, Japanese Americans fought to defend their faith and preserve religious freedom. The mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II is not only a tale of injustice; it is a moving story of faith.

In this path-breaking account, Williams reveals how, even as they were stripped of their homes and imprisoned in camps, Japanese American Buddhists launched