Recent vandalism at the Huong Tich Temple in the Little Saigon neighborhood of Los Angeles.
As a child she had spent her weekends at the Buddhist temple, learning prayers, traditional dances and how to read and write in Vietnamese.
When she found out what happened at Huong Tich Temple, she said, “I was shocked that anyone would do that.
This year there have been 17 reports of hate incidents at Asian American Buddhist sites, according to Russell Jeung, professor of Asian American studies at San Francisco State University.
In Massachusetts in 1984, three Vietnam War veterans burned down a Tibetan Buddhist temple after expressing dissatisfaction with the services they received through Veterans Affairs.