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Tuesday, March 09, 2004



Interesting post, Andy. I've seen this in my own life, so I'll add a (half)Asian-American perspective.

Every Asian person I have ever known who was religious at all was Christian. I also remember a couple non-Asians getting into Buddhism in college - seems like it is popular in Hollywood too.

I have to defend the Corean-American churches as I have first-hand experience with them. They are a great resource for the Corean community, if they choose it. With the work schedules of the average Corean family, it is quite often their only time away from work. It's good for the children and the parents to connect with other Coreans they might not see in otherwise predominantly white communities, being that only 4% of America is Asian. It doesn't segregate them at all - for six and a half days a week, your average Corean is integrated with all races. For those few hours on Sunday, it is a nice reaffirmation of their faith but also a chance to speak Corean, and feel at ease with their shared experiences. For a lot of Asian kids, their only exposure to other Asians is through these churches. Just like how many of the Corea-bloggers take comfort in their shared experiences, these church communities are much the same thing.

But this is not to say the churches discourage non-Asians from attending. Half the people there think I am Jewish for instance and moksahnim is the most accepting and generous man I will probably ever meet.

One of the limitations of the church I go to is that there are very few good English speakers there (they even asked me to teach for a while and I have no experience teaching anything other than hospital medicine). The moksahnim has assured me he has tried to find a fluent English-speaking Corean OR Caucasian pastor who can lecture there for the kids and people like me who cannot quite understand an hour of archaic religiousized Hangul. Not an easy thing for our small church.

In a way, it is almost like a mini-Corean school for the children although the emphasis is on Bible study not Corean history study. Although most Corean churches also teach Hangul (but once a week isn't very helpful, honestly).

And for those Coreans that want to go to a more mixed church (too much gossip is the usual reason), many including my in-laws do just that.


Great article and write up

David Park

Great article. Definitely will be back to

Wang Rong

hello, David, I wonder if you are the one that I met in Kunming China 1994. I'm Linda. Please contact me.

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