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In Recession, People Turn to Religion

World Journal, Posted: Oct 14, 2009

LOS ANGELESFailing to get assistance from the government, Chinese Americans are turning to religious groups for help in the recession, reports the World Journal. According to Pastor Huang Jiaming, his Chinese Evangelical Free Church in Los Angeles is crowded with new members. The church is offering Sunday worship services to over 700 people in Mandarin, Cantonese and English per week, and there are a few dozens new members in the orientation class every two to three month. Buddhist and Taoist temples are also seeing an influx of new members, including young people. Huang Zhuanzhan, who will graduate from college next year, is visiting a temple in Riverside with family twice a month to pray for a good job after graduation.

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