A Faith of Our Own

Author: Sharon Kim
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 0813547261
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Second-generation Korean Americans, demonstrating an unparalleled entrepreneurial fervor, are establishing new churches with a goal of shaping the future of American Christianity. A Faith of Our Own investigates the development and growth of these houses of worship, a recent and rapidly increasing phenomenon in major cities throughout the United States. Including data gathered over ten years at twenty-two churches, it is the most comprehensive study of this topic that addresses generational, identity, political, racial, and empowerment issues

Korean American Evangelicals New Models for Civic Life

Author: Elaine Howard Ecklund
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198041586
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Studies of religion among our nation's newest immigrants largely focus on how religion serves the immigrant community -- for example by creating job networks and helping retain ethnic identity in the second generation. In this book Ecklund widens the inquiry to look at how Korean Americans use religion to negotiate civic responsibility, as well as to create racial and ethnic identity. She compares the views and activities of second generation Korean Americans in two different congregational settings, one ethnically Korean and the other multi-ethnic. She also conducted more than 100 in-depth interviews with Korean American members of these and seven other churches around the country, and draws extensively on the secondary literature on immigrant religion, American civic life, and Korean American religion. Her book is a unique contribution to the literature on religion, race, and ethnicity and on immigration and civic life.

Singing the Lord s Song in a New Land

Author: Su Yon Pak
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN: 9780664228781
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Singing the Lord's Song in a New Land is one of the first books to address ministry in Korean American contexts and the first from the highly regarded Valparaiso Project to explore how faith practices work differently in a racial ethnic community. The groundbreaking work identifies eight key practices of the Korean American culture: keeping the Sabbath, singing, fervent prayer, resourcing the life cycle, bearing wisdom, living as an oppressed minority, fasting, and nurturing.

SANACS Journal 2010 1

Author: Russell Yee
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 0981987842
Format: PDF
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This issue of the SANACS Journal is a collection of the seminars and panels from the Asian American Equipping Symposium, jointly sponsored by ISAAC Southern California and Fuller Theological Seminary, in Pasadena, CA (Nov. 4-5, 2009).

Evangelical Pilgrims from the East

Author: Sunggu Yang
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319415646
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In this book Sunggu Yang proposes five socio-ecclesial codes as unique faith fundamentals of Korean American Christianity. Drawing from rigorous research and years of ecclesial experience, Yang names the codes as follows: the Wilderness Pilgrimage code, the Diasporic Mission Code, the Confucian Egalitarian code, the Buddhist Shamanistic code, and the Pentecostal Liberation code. These five codes, he asserts, help Korean Americans sustain their lives, culture, faith, and evangelical mission as aliens or “pilgrims” in the American “wilderness.” Yang outlines how his five proposed codes serve as liberative and prophetic mechanisms of faith through which Korean Americans can contribute to racial harmony and cultural diversity in North America. In this sense, Korean American Christianity—its theology and spirituality—works not only on behalf of Korean Americans, but also for the sake of all Americans. Yang shows how the Korean American pulpit is the locus where these five codes appear most vividly.

Growing Healthy Asian American Churches

Author: Peter Cha
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 9780830875429
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The Asian American church is in transition. Congregations face the challenges of preserving ethnic culture and heritage while contextualizing their ministry to younger generations and the unchurched. Many Asian American church leaders struggle with issues like leadership development, community dynamics and intergenerational conflict. But often Asian American churches lack the resources and support they need to fulfill their callings. Peter Cha, Steve Kang and Helen Lee and a team of veteran Asian American pastors and church leaders offer eight key values for healthy Asian American churches. Drawing on years of expertise and filled with practical examples from landmark churches like Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles, NewSong Church and Lighthouse Christian Church, the book provides soundly biblical perspectives for effective ministry that honors the Asian American cultural context. Insights from such pioneering leaders as Ken Fong, David Gibbons, Grace May, Wayne Ogimachi, Steve Wong, Nancy Sugikawa and Soong-Chan Rah make this an essential guide for Asian American church leaders wanting to help their congregations achieve health and growth. Produced in partnership with the Catalyst Leadership Center, a resource organization for Asian American church ministry.

Sustaining Faith Traditions

Author: Carolyn Chen
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814717357
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Over fifty years ago, Will Herberg theorized that future immigrants to the United States would no longer identify themselves through their races or ethnicities, or through the languages and cultures of their home countries. Rather, modern immigrants would base their identities on their religions. The landscape of U.S. immigration has changed dramatically since Herberg first published his theory. Most of today’s immigrants are Asian or Latino, and are thus unable to shed their racial and ethnic identities as rapidly as the Europeans about whom Herberg wrote. And rather than a flexible, labor-based economy hungry for more workers, today’s immigrants find themselves in a post-industrial segmented economy that allows little in the way of class mobility. In this comprehensive anthology contributors draw on ethnography and in-depth interviews to examine the experiences of the new second generation: the children of Asian and Latino immigrants. Covering a diversity of second-generation religious communities including Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, and Jews, the contributors highlight the ways in which race, ethnicity, and religion intersect for new Americans. As the new second generation of Latinos and Asian Americans comes of age, they will not only shape American race relations, but also the face of American religion.

Honoring the Generations

Author: M. Sydney Park
ISBN: 9780817017064
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In this intentionally grounded and richly theological volume, the editors bring together diverse leaders from pulpit and academy alike to explore the opportunities for ministry in an Asian North American Christian community that is increasingly challenged by a generation gap, not so much between age groups but between first-generation immigrants and the second- and third-generations. Contributors include Peter Cha, John Chung, Mitchell Kim, Sam Kim, David Lee, Grace May, Nancy Sugikawa, Gideon Tsang, Tim Seng, Jonathan Wu, Greg Yee, and Peter Yi.

How the Ae Deul Second Generation Korean Americans Can Become Responsible Christian Adults

Author: David Ahn
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In this project the notion of responsibility for the "Ae Deul", or children, second generation Korean American Christians is evaluated in relation to the connection of the Korean speaking immigrant church. The first generation Korean speaking "parents" have harvested a culture of labeling the English speaking members as "Ae Deul" regardless of age or social status. Through this distinction the EM, English Ministry, has developed an understanding that the church they are a part of is simply their "parent's church" and in order to mature as Christians a sense of ownership needs to be harnessed. For some second generation Korean Americans the struggle between the first generation is so difficult that many have opted to planting their own ministries away from their parents. The diminished role of the second generation in the immigrant church has led to a sense of responsibility and awareness, but with a lack of a developed spirituality, love, self, and stewardship the progress has been slow. Through the studying of KumRan United Methodist Church (Glory Church), survey's, interviews, and a website were used to introduce the idea of developing a story which would describe and validate the experience of the second generation. The ideas of ontology, love, mission, and sacraments were also evaluated to develop a better understanding of where the second generation stands in their faith and spirituality as well as point out influences that have affected the second generation perspectives. Though there are influences and factors that have contributed to the state of the first and generation Korean Americans it is important that the second generation ultimately take responsibility and ownership of their own faith and not hide behind the beliefs of their parents. A key understanding of this relationship between the two is the influence of leaders and the origin of participation in churches. The first generation needed to attend church for adjustment and survival in the new land, while the second generation have been given the option to attend because of the opportunities that were afforded to them.

Following Jesus Without Dishonoring Your Parents

Author: Jeanette Yep
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 9780830875245
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Go to the right school. Become a doctor or a lawyer. Marry a nice Asian. These are some of the hopes of our Asian parents. Knowing that our parents have sacrificed for us, we want to honor their wishes. But we also want to serve Jesus, and sometimes that can seem to conflict with family expectations. Discovering our Asian identity in the midst of Western culture means learning to bridge these and other conflicting values. We need wise counsel on our parents' ways of loving us vocations that show respect for our parents and allow us to serve God the "model minority" myth and performance pressures marriage, singleness, and being male and female racial reconciliation spirituality and church experiences unique gifts Asians bring to Western culture This book, written by a team of Asian American student ministry workers who have been there, can serve as our guide on a difficult journey. The authors represent a variety of perspectives, including the immigrant experience of a Korean man, a third-generation Japanese-American's understanding of his parents' experience in the internment camps during World War II, and a Chinese American woman's struggle to communicate with her parents. Their accounts of humorous, frusrating and heartbreaking personal experiences (as well as stories from other Asian American students and adults) offer support and encouragement. And their ideas for living out the Christian faith between two cultures show us the way to wholeness.