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Nam Center Colloquium Series | The Spirit Moves West: Korean Missionaries in America

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
12:00 AM
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building

Cosponsored by the U-M Departments of Sociology and History.

This lecture highlights how South Korean Protestants are contributing to the changing dynamics of missions in world Christianity and examines the phenomena of Korean evangelical missionaries proselytizing Americans in the United States. Exploring South Korea’s relationship with the United States particularly since World War II, this lecture addresses why and how Korean missionaries evangelized Americans, especially white Americans, and how their mission efforts evolved over time in the West.

Rebecca Y. Kim is the Frank R. Seaver Professor of Social Science. She is Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Ethnic Studies program at Pepperdine University. She specializes in immigration, race, and religion and has published broadly on topics related to Korean Americans and Korean Christianity. She is the author of God’s New Whiz Kids? Korean American Evangelicals on Campus (New York University Press 2006) and The Spirit Moves West: Korean Missionaries in America (Oxford University Press 2015).

Rebecca Kim, Professor of Sociology, Frank R. Seaver Professor in Social Science, Pepperdine University