Korean immigrant churches today in Southern California
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Korean immigrant churches today in Southern California

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Published by R and E Research Associates in San Francisco .
Written in English



  • California, Southern,
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  • California, Southern.


  • Church work with Korean Americans -- California -- California, Southern.,
  • Korean Americans -- California, Southern -- History.,
  • California, Southern -- Church history.

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Edition Notes

Bibliography: p. 78-83.

Statementby Steve S. Shim.
LC ClassificationsBV4468.2.K6 S54
The Physical Object
Paginationx, 83 p. ;
Number of Pages83
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL4892083M
ISBN 10088247426X
LC Control Number76024724

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Approximately 1 million Korean immigrants—the vast majority from South Korea—resided in the United States in Korean immigrants tend to be highly educated and of high socioeconomic standing. Get the latest data on this population, including flows over time, geographic distribution, employment, and more in this Spotlight. The map of The Council of Korean Churches of Southern California shows the approximate location in Los Angeles, but you should call them at phone number () to verify their address is South Western Avenue, Apartment S, Los Angeles, California and to get hours and driving directions. The number of Korean immigrant churches has grown even faster than the population, from about 75 churches in to about 2, today - an unprecedented increase of about 27 times (Shin and Park ; Philadelphia Inquirer ). Korean Evangelical Church of America on S. Harvard Blvd in Los Angeles, CA is in the Beach California section(s) Religious Organizations. The map of Korean Evangelical Church of America shows the approximate location in Los Angeles, but you should call them at phone number () to verify their address is South Harvard Boulevard.

KOREAN IMMIGRANT CHURCHES IN THE UNITED STATES Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta indicate that approximately 70 percent of Korean immigrants regularly attend ethnic churches (Hurh and Kim, , ; P. Min, , ). As will be elaborated, a large proportion of Korean immigrant church attendants were not Christians in Korea. Many. During this period, approximat Koreans immigrated to the United States. The McCarran and Walter Act of nullified the Asian immigration ban and made Asian immigrants eligible for citizenship. The second wave consisted of three groups: Korean wives of American soldiers. However, the Korean War of prompted a major wave of immigration from South Korea, and the liberalization of American immigration laws during the ’s brought an even larger wave of immigrants. By the turn of the twentyfirst century, Koreans were one of the fastestgrowing ethnic groups in the United States. Southern California is home to the largest Thai population outside of Thailand. Reports estimate that , Thais make their home in Southern California. The Thai community possesses a relatively recent history of immigration to the United States compared to other Asian ethnic groups with the first wave of Thai migrants arriving in the ’s.

Southern California and the New York City Metropolitan Area have the largest populations of Koreans outside of the Korean Peninsula. Among Korean Americans born in Korea, the Los Angeles metropolitan area had , as of ; .   In , the Korean Church Directory in America listed 3, Korean immigrant churches. California was the only state with over 1, churches (1,). The nine states with over Korean immigrant churches were New York (), Illinois (), New Jersey (), Virginia (), Texas (), Maryland (), Pennsylvania (), Washington (), and .   California’s immigrants have both very low and very high levels of education. In , foreign-born residents accounted for 71% of Californians age 25 and older without a high school diploma and 31% of college-educated residents. But recent immigrants and immigrants from Asia tend to have very high levels of educational attainment. For this reason, the nature and style of Korean immigrant church ministry and its governance are designed to appease this group. For the last four decades or even for a century for that matter, most ministers of Korean immigrant churches were born, grew up in Korea and trained at Korean theological seminaries.