Ken and Mika Roper Oral History

Title

Ken and Mika Roper Oral History

Subject

Soka Gakkai International, Buddhist groups

Description

Oral history interview with Ken and Mika Roper conducted by Aspen Grender in Lawrence, Kansas, on December 6, 2016. This interview features Ken and Mika Roper (husband and wife), who are members of Soka Gakkai International (SGI). Ken discusses growing up in a Catholic family in Washington state and, after a lengthy period during which he claimed no religious affiliation, his eventual involvement in SGI. Mika speaks about being raised in Yokohama, Japan in a family of practicing Soka Gakkai. The Ropers both discuss the origins of the movement, its presence in the US and Japan in recent history and now, representation in the state of Kansas, its central principles, and the tense relationship between SGI and other Buddhist groups.

Source

Religion in Kansas Project

Publisher

Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas

Date

12/06/2017

Contributor

Oral histories created by University of Kansas students, staff and faculty as part of the Religion in Kansas Project are archived in KU ScholarWorks, the digital repository of the University of Kansas.

Rights

All oral histories in the Religion in Kansas Project are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 Unported License.

Format

.mp3

Language

en_US

Type

Recording, oral

Coverage

Lawrence, KS

Interviewer

Grender, Aspen

Interviewee

Roper, Ken & Mika

Files

Citation

“Ken and Mika Roper Oral History,” Religion in Kansas Project, accessed June 25, 2017, http://ksreligion.omeka.net/items/show/4384.