The Temple Next Door: In a Portland Suburb, Cambodian Buddhists Struggle to Reopen Their Temple and Keep Cultural Traditions Alive

Year 2008

Creator Hannah Dunning-Sharp

Contributor Erin Dorbin

Story type Writing

Town Buxton

County York


In the town of Buxton, the Wat Samaki Cambodian Buddhist Temple has found opposition among the neighbors in the area due to public safety concerns. Hannah Dunning-Sharp documents how Navan Leng, the president of Wat Samaki, is trying to keep the temple open and provide the community with an understanding about Cambodian culture.

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