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Preserving Ethnicity through Religion in AmericaKorean Protestants and Indian Hindus across Generations$
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Pyong Gap Min

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814795859

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814795859.001.0001

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Ethnographic Research on the Shin Kwang Korean Church

Ethnographic Research on the Shin Kwang Korean Church

(p.75) 4 Ethnographic Research on the Shin Kwang Korean Church
Preserving Ethnicity through Religion in America

Pyong Gap Min

NYU Press

This chapter examines the cultural and fellowship functions of Korean immigrant churches and other related topics in New York City based on the results of ethnographic research on the Shin Kwang Church of New York. It begins by describing the history, location, and structure of the Shin Kwang Church of New York. The church opened its doors in October 1985 with a worship service for about thirty Korean immigrants at a park in Yonkers. It then relocated to Queens, an area where many Korean immigrants lived. The church is one of the sixteen Korean Presbyterian churches in New York affiliated with the Reformed Church in America, a conservative Presbyterian denomination that originated in the Netherlands and emphasizes John Calvin's theological principles. The remainder of the chapter discusses the church's programs and activities for fellowship and ethnic networks; programs and activities to preserve ethnic culture; and Korean immigrant churches' enforcement of Confucian patriarchal traditions and gender hierarchy.

Keywords:   Korean Americans, Korean immigrants, immigrant churches, Shin Kwang Church, Korean Presbyterian churches, fellowship

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