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Sustaining Faith TraditionsRace, Ethnicity, and Religion among the Latino and Asian American Second Generation$
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Carolyn Chen and Russell Jeung

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814717356

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814717356.001.0001

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Second-Generation Korean American Christians’ Communities

Second-Generation Korean American Christians’ Communities

Congregational Hybridity

(p.176) Chapter 9 Second-Generation Korean American Christians’ Communities
Sustaining Faith Traditions

Sharon Kim

Rebecca Y. Kim

NYU Press

This chapter narrates how second-generation Korean American ministers make use of both Korean American spirituality and contemporary evangelical worship styles and organizational structures. It points to the fact that these new, hybrid congregations may reconfigure what is considered a minority or mainstream church in today's multicultural America. The chapter reviews the different models of the second-generation's religious participation and reveals that rather than inheriting the churches of their immigrant parents or joining preestablished mainstream churches, second-generation Korean Americans are creatively forming their own houses of worship. Furthermore, within these newly built churches, they are actively and intentionally reaching out to all Americans, regardless of their ethnicity and race.

Keywords:   second-generation Korean Americans, Korean American spirituality, contemporary evangelical worship, hybrid congregations, multicultural America, Korean American immigrants

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