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Asian Christianity in the Diaspora

Religious Experience Among Second Generation Korean Americans

Authors: Hearn, Mark Chung

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 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 authors

 Mark Chung Hearn is a second-generation Korean American. He is Assistant Clinical Professor of Contextual Education and Ministry and the Director of Contextual Education at Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry, USA. In addition to serving as an educator, he has ministered as a pastor, athletic coach, and church consultant.  

Reviews

“Mark Chung Hearn’s Religious Experience Among Second Generation Korean Americans is a valuable addition to the rapidly growing body of scholarly works in the field of Asian American theology and religious history. … The strength of this book springs from Hearn’s clever demonstration of the importance of interpreting Korean American men as ‘sociohistorical constructs’ in a cutting-edge interdisciplinary work. … Hearn’s book makes a vital contribution to the studies of Asian American practical theology.” (Eunil David Cho, Reading Religion, readingreligion.org, June, 2017)


“Hearn has looked carefully beneath the surface to reveal the complex motivations and conflicts affecting Korean American men. This book will doubtless generate much discussion and needed changes.” (Ken Fong, Executive Director, Asian American Initiative, and Assistant Professor of Asian American Church Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary, USA; Senior Pastor, Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles, USA)

“This book is a spiritual resource, a creative, interdisciplinary approach to pastoral theology, and a religious educational tool. It responds to the need for restoring healing and restoration of more just relationships between men and women. ” (Elizabeth Conde-Frazier, Vice President of Education and Dean of Esperanza College, Eastern University, USA)

“Hearn perceptively opens up the deeply buried hurts, wounds, fears, and vulnerabilities of Korean American men. The book thoughtfully presents routes toward lasting healing. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to Korean American pastors and leaders, in addition to non-Korean American church leaders. There are excellent insights here.” (Andrew Sung Park, Professor of Theology and Ethics, United Theological Seminary, USA, and author of Racial Conflict and Healing)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Hearn, Mark Chung

    Pages 1-5

  • Situating Korean American Men in Asian America

    Hearn, Mark Chung

    Pages 7-25

  • Listening to Korean American Men Tell Their Lives

    Hearn, Mark Chung

    Pages 27-41

  • Sports and Korean American Men

    Hearn, Mark Chung

    Pages 43-64

  • Korean American Spirituality and Gender

    Hearn, Mark Chung

    Pages 65-99

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eBook $39.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-59413-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $54.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-59412-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Religious Experience Among Second Generation Korean Americans
Authors
Series Title
Asian Christianity in the Diaspora
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59413-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59413-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59412-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 139
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