Inter-area/Border Crossing

Organized Panel Session

2 - The Ongoing Dynamics of Immigration: The Impact of Culture, Politics, and Faith for Korean American Catholics

Saturday, July 7
12:10 PM - 1:40 PM
Location: Casuarina, Lower Ground Floor

The universality of Catholicism creates a natural connection of those in the diaspora with the homeland. This connection has allowed immigrants of Korean descent in the United States to maintain their religious practices within their cultural heritage. Furthering this dynamic has been the constant stream of visiting Korean clergy due to the lack of vocations in the U.S. while Korea has enjoyed an overabundance. This paper will examine the lived reality of Korean American Catholics depicted in “Memory and Honor: Cultural and Generational Ministries to Korean American Communities” as well as comparing and contrasting the social and political impact on faith life of both the homeland and the host country. In particular, an examination of the rapid economic rise of Korea, as well as revisions to U.S. immigration regulations of 1990, provides an interesting perspective of how these immigrant faith communities have adapted since their initial arrival to the U.S.

Simon C. Kim

University of Holy Cross, United States

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