Entrepreneurship and Religion: Korean Immigrants in Houston, Texas

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First Published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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An ethnographic study detailing the beneficial relationship between the Houston Korean business community and church groups. The analysis explores the historical background and social demographic characteristics of the group, demonstrating that economic and social changes during the oil boom had a direct effect on the emergence of the Korean business community and promoted links among different networks, particularly in terms of churches where business contacts were nourished among parishioners. Includes graphs, tables, and appendices of the study's questionnaires. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
Ch. I Introduction 3
Ch. II Historical Overview of Korean Immigration to the United States 11
The First Period of Korean Immigration to the United States: 1880-1964 12
The Second Period of Korean Immigration to the United States: 1965 to Present 16
Position of Korea Within the International Capitalist System 21
Summary 29
Ch. III Social and Demographic Profile of Korean Immigrants in the United States 31
Social and Demographic Characteristics 31
Economic Activity and Religious Behavior 45
Summary 51
Ch. IV Korean Entrepreneurs and Their Economic Activities in Houston 53
Emergences of Korean Entrepreneurs in Houston 58
Korean Business Community in Houston 66
Business Network 81
Ch. V The Korean Ethnic Church 83
Korean Churches in the Houston Area 84
History of the Korean Ethnic Church in Houston 86
KECH as an Organizational Support System for Immigrants 91
The KECH and Second Generation Koreans 104
Summary 114
Ch. VI Summary and Conclusion 117
Social and Demographic Characteristics 118
Korean Entrepreneurs: Theoretical Implications 119
The Ethnic Church 124
Future Research Implications 126
Appendix A 129
Appendix B 135
Appendix C 139
Bibliography 147
Index 155
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