Photography by Don Farber, Text by Rick Fields, Introduction by Thich Nhat Hanh. Published by Aperture, 1987, 108 pages, 11 x 9, 42 b&w photographs, softcover.

“The photographs, the text, and the letter from Nhat Hanh are deeply moving.  A fine useful dharma-spreading book.” 

-- Gary Snyder, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet


“A perfect ethnography” - John Collier, Jr., FSA photographer and author of Visual Anthropology: Photography as a Research Method.


“Illustrates stunningly the tangled karma of America and Vietnam.  But the photographs are much more than documentary.  The best of them are eternal.  They capture the peace that - in spite of these people’s suffering, their loneliness and struggle for survival in a new land - is at the center of this community’s tranquil heart - LA Weekly


“Forty-four of (Don Farber’s) images grace this sensitive, straightforward document of Vietnamese far from native shores, Vietnamese attempting to maintain a rich cultural heritage and religious continuity in a burgeoning urban sprawl...It is in this spirit of brotherhood that Taking Refuge in LA was produced...recalling James Agee and Walker Evan’s treatment of Southern sharecroppers in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. - American Review of Books


“A testament o the regenerative power of the human spirit, Taking Refuge in L.A. explores the experiences of the Vietnamese Buddhist refugees in America.  In the tradition of great documentary photographers, Don Farber shares an intimate view of the Vietnamese people and their spiritual way of life.  Author Rick Fields illuminates the tragic and moving history of Vietnamese Buddhists, both before, during, and after the Vietnam War, focusing on their courageous attempt to sustain their rich cultural and spiritual heritage in America.”

-- from the back cover of Taking Refuge in L.A.

Taking Refuge in L.A.

Life in a Vietnamese Buddhist Temple  

DHARMA HERITAGE PROJECT

PHOTOGRAPHY BY DON FARBER