Inter-area/Border Crossing

Organized Panel Session

126 - Dynamics of Religious Diversity in Globalized Korea

7/7/2018
12:10 PM - 1:40 PM
Location: Casuarina, Lower Ground Floor

This panel concerns transregional dynamics of religious traditions in globalized Korea. With the globalization of the contemporary world, a religio-cultural diversity has become an increasingly visible feature of Korean society today. Not only is South Korea the only country where Buddhists and Christians share a similar ratio of the religious population, but it also entertains such religious traditions as Islam, Confucianism and ‘new religions’, e.g. Won Buddhism. Various factors affect the contours of the religious plurality in motion. Shortage of labor has drawn migrants from Southeast, South and Central Asia since the late 1980s. This has introduced different religious traditions to the nation’s religious landscape. Increasing Muslim migrants whose value system is unfamiliar to the majority of Koreans have contributed to institutionalizing multiculturalism in contemporary South Korea. Christians and Buddhists have traveled to look for new mission fields beyond the East Asian region. When Koreans immigrate to foreign countries, religious institutions often become the centers of their diasporic communities. Each presentation focuses on how specific religious network, institution, or tradition has been formulated and/or reformulated in accordance with the changing national and international conditions. In what ways have religious groups responded to, or accommodated with, the external economic and cultural impact in the last decades? How do religious networks create new places for transnational communications in contemporary Korean society? This panel explores aspects of the religious dynamism in the context of globalized Korea.

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Kyuhoon Cho

Seoul National University, Republic of Korea

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Kyuhoon Cho

Seoul National University, Republic of Korea

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Kyuhoon Cho

Seoul National University, Republic of Korea

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Simon C. Kim

University of Holy Cross, United States

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Sanjeewani Habarakada

Seoul National University, Republic of Korea

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SungSoon Kim

Korea National University of Cultural Heritage, Republic of Korea

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Jihyouk Lee

Dong-A University, Republic of Korea

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Simon C. Kim

University of Holy Cross, United States

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