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Prologue: The Present Past

James Carter

in Heart of Buddha, Heart of China

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780195398854
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894413 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398854.003.0000
Prologue: The Present Past

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This chapter describes the process by which writing a historical monograph became more biographical and personal through chance encounters with the subject’s colleagues and descendants. Meeting with Tanxu’s dharma-heir, Master Lok To, enabled the author to travel in the footsteps of Tanxu, and bring a personal component to complement the historical research.

Keywords: microhistory; biography; Bronx; Young Men’s Buddhist Association; Lok To; Hong Kong

Chapter.  4449 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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