God's New Whiz Kids?: Korean American Evangelicals on Campus

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Overview

In the past twenty years, many traditionally white campus religious groups have become Asian American. Today there are more than fifty evangelical Christian groups at UC Berkeley and UCLA alone, and 80% of their members are Asian American. At Harvard, Asian Americans constitute 70% of the Harvard Radcliffe Christian Fellowship, while at Yale, Campus Crusade for Christ is now 90% Asian. Stanford's Intervarsity Christian Fellowship has become almost entirely Asian.

There has been little research, or even acknowledgment, of this striking development.

God’s New Whiz Kids? focuses on second-generation Korean Americans, who make up the majority of Asian American evangelicals, and explores the factors that lead college-bound Korean American evangelicals—from integrated, mixed race neighborhoods—to create racially segregated religious communities on campus. Kim illuminates an emergent “made in the U.S.A.” ethnicity to help explain this trend, and to shed light on a group that may be changing the face of American evangelicalism.

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“Packed with information on historical context and deeply informed by a growing literature. . . . First-rate sociology and essential reading.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814747902
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2006
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Pages: 193
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Kim is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Pepperdine University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Changing the Face of Campus Evangelicalism: Asian American Evangelicals
2 Second-Generation Korean American Evangelicals and the Immigrant Church
3 Korean American Campus Ministries in the Marketplace
4 Emergent Ethnic Group Formation
5 A Closer Look at the Ties That Bind
6 White Flight and Crossing Boundaries
7 “Why Can’t Christians All Just Get Along?”
Conclusion
Appendix A: Interview Questions
Appendix B: Letters to Interview/Research Subjects
Appendix C: Interview/Research Consent Forms
Notes
References
Index
About the Author

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