Religious Experience Among Second Generation Korean Americans

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Mark Chung Hearn
Asian Christianity in the Diaspora
  • New York, NY: 
    Palgrave Macmillan
    , May
     139 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Eunil David Cho forthcoming.



 This book explores the ways through which Korean American men demonstrate and navigate their manhood within a US context that has historically sorted them into several limiting, often emasculating, stereotypes. In the US, Korean men tend to be viewed as passive, non-athletic, and asexual (or hypersexual). They are often burdened with very specific expectations that run counter to traditional tropes of US masculinity.  According to the normative script of masculinity, a “man” is rugged, individualistic, and powerful—the antithesis of the US social construction of Asian American men. In an interdisciplinary fashion, this book probes the lives of Korean American men through the lenses of religion and sports. Though these and other outlets can serve to empower Korean American men to resist historical scripts that limit their performance of masculinity, they can also become harmful. Mark Chung Hearn utilizes ethnography, participant observation, and interviews conducted with second-generation Korean American men to explore what it means to be an Asian American man today.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Mark Chung Hearn, Ph.D., is a second-generation Korean American and the youngest child of immigrant parents. He grew up in southern California as a “pastor’s kid” in an immigrant, Nazarene church and learned early from his parents to see and serve people and their needs.

Dr. Hearn completed his undergraduate degree and Master of Divinity Degree from Point Loma Nazarene University and Asbury Theological Seminary respectively, as well as acquiring a Masters in Theological Studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Practical Theology with an emphasis in Religious Education and Spiritual Formation from Claremont School of Theology.


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