Identity, Youth, and Gender in the Korean American Church

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Christine J. Hong
Asian Christianity in the Diaspora
  • London, England: 
    Palgrave Pivot
    , July
     140 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


This volume develops an understanding of Korean American girls in the Korean American church between the ages of thirteen and nineteen. Christine J. Hong analyses and evaluates girl's formation around self, gender, and understandings of God in the context of Korean American mainline protestant congregational life. The book utilizes a practical theological qualitative study and develops a hybrid methodology using a feminist ethnography with de-colonial aims and indigenous research methods. Its goal is to facilitate practical theology's aim of enabling transformative experiences in communities of faith. The study asks and answers the question: what is the experience of being a Korean American girl in the Korean American immigrant church? Hong asserts that cultivating a better understanding of how Korean American girls develop concepts of self, gender, and God will help practical theologians, particularly religious educators, pinpoint, unpack, and evaluate the complexities of bi-cultural identity and faith formation.

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

Christine Hong is Assistant Professor of Worship and Evangelism at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, USA.


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