Buddhist and Protestant Korean Immigrants: Religious Beliefs and Socioeconomic Aspects of Life

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LFB Scholarly Pub., 2003 - Law - 361 pages
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Kwon explores how Korea's two major religious groups, Buddhists and Protestants, have emigrated and how their religious beliefs affect their adjustments after immigration. Kwon bases his study on a survey of 114 Korean congregations, participatory observation of a Buddhist temple and a Protestant church, and in-depth interviews with 109 devout immigrants. He finds that non-religious variables-urban background, educational level, and social class-have a greater effect on adjustment to the host society than religion does. Religious congregations promote members' social capital for adjustment, but at the same religious participation serves as a barrier to assimilation.

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Okyun Kwon is a research analyst at a federal agency. He received a BA from Kookmin University, South Korea, in 1986 and a Ph.D. from the City University of New York in 2000. In 2000-2002 he worked on the immigration and religion project in Washington DC, funded by the Pew Charitable Trust and hosted by the Catholic University of America. His research interests include immigration, comparative religion, and race and ethnicity.

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