Mini Ethnography 3 - 1 Tony Tran Anthropology 161T...

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1 Tony Tran Anthropology 161T Professor Douglas May 11, 2009 Mini Ethnography 3: Visiting A Place of Worship This week’s assignment required me to go to a place of worship among an Asian community; it did not matter what race or religion. Choosing a place that I wanted to explore was difficult because there were so many factors. I decided I wanted to focus on a religion other than Buddhism since I am Buddhist; I felt that would give me a different experience from what I am accustomed to. I remembered some of my Vietnamese friends from high school attended a church on the border of Cerritos and Lakewood; and is called The First Assembly of God. After contacting one of them I found out it is located on Pioneer Blvd. in Lakewood, California. Finding this church can be a bit of a challenge, because it is hidden in such a populated neighborhood. I attended a Sunday service last week on May 3 rd along with a good friend, Harry Mai, a member of this church for many years. Harry and his family try to attend Sunday services as frequently as they can. I met Harry at the church at about 10:00 AM. The Sunday service usually starts at 10:30 AM. Harry explains to me how this church has met so much to him and the impact it has had on his life. “Coming to this church for the past 19 years has had such a large impact on my life. My father left my mother when I was young, and the church was my mom’s main support group. She was always able to put food on the table but there were times in our lives when she was very depressed. The church has given my mom a positive outlook on life, and I feel that it has also helped me. I grew up in Lakewood,
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This note was uploaded on 03/15/2010 for the course BIO SCI 97 07777 taught by Professor Yi during the Spring '10 term at UC Irvine.

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