For this project, I would be creating a short magazine in a format such as National Geographic. The topic I’ll be focusing on will be about the religions in China and more importantly how it was spread to the U.S and altered by the new environment. Even today, we notice how great of an impact a religion have on people. It is also noticeable that people have their own interpretation of beliefs, and this could be the reason why there might have been a change in Americanized Chinese religion. This is basically the key point that I’ll be focusing on. I would like to dig deeper into how the U.S. has influenced the Chinese religion, and why the changes were necessary. This topic is for those who appreciates Chinese religions such as Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and more; as well as those who are interested in devoting to a new religion. For example from my research, it is stated that Chinese religion was brought to the U.S. during the Gold Rush in 1830s. Many Chinese immigrants had come to San Francisco as early as 1838. It is also noted that the Chinese were criticized for following a different religion in the beginning and their religion was ridiculed more than respected. Many Americans have believed that Chinese people were “polluting” their current views and recognized them as “less fortunate”. Later, of course, this view is transformed into a religion that is respected by many Americans.
I do believe it’s important to understand why the original Chinese religion wasn’t fully welcomed in the U.S. Although Chinese religions have peaked the interest of many Americans, many have only taken consider the portion of the qualities to practice and devote to. I am certainly intrigued in why this is so, and due to the alteration of the belief, I would like to know how it have altered and if it could impact the origin traditional Chinese religion.
I chose the National Geographic magazine format because I was able to provide images along with the writing. National Geographic provides a visual aid(pictures) to make audience appear like they are in the story. Such images could put the audiences in a perspective where they are truly experiencing the surrounding. Visual aids could sometimes provide an information that words might not be able to, so it’s a crucial element to have to deliver my message. I would also be writing in a first person point of view like I have really experienced the Buddhist rituals that are performed in America. This is how it’s done in the most magazine on National Geographics.
This topic has interested me since I have read an article online that while the overall Buddhist population is decreasing, Buddhism in America is rising drastically. This was due to the idea of capable of being a Buddhist without having to practice or attend to any service offerings. Religion themselves has put it, that they don’t force anyone to practice the religion and the if do, the environment will have little effect as long as one has a focused mind and spiritual person. I believe that the religion became famous because there was less pressure, unlike other religions. Christianity, Islam or many other religions have a certain obligation to attend and perform different rituals to be closer to God. However, Buddhism eliminates all the obligations and pressures and believe one could be closer to God by solitude despite one’s surroundings.
By reading this, I would want the audience to understand the differences in the traditional religion and the Americanized Chinese religion. I would like them to take away why Chinese religion is famous now, and why younger generation respects it more and why the religion is gaining popularity.