The Spirit Moves West: Korean Missionaries in America

Paperback | February 19, 2015

byRebecca Y. Kim

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With the extraordinary growth of Christianity in the global south has come the rise of "reverse missions," in which countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America send missionaries to re-evangelize the West. In The Spirit Moves West, Rebecca Kim uses South Korea as a case study of hownon-Western missionaries target Americans, particularly white Americans. She draws on four years of interviews, participant observation, and surveys of South Korea's largest non-denominational missionary-sending agency, University Bible Fellowship, in order to provide an inside look at this growingphenomenon. Known as the "Asian Protestant Superpower," South Korea is second only to the United States in the number of missionaries it sends abroad: approximately 22,000 in over 160 countries. Conducting her research both in the US and in South Korea, Kim studies the motivations and methods ofthese Korean evangelicals who have, since the 1970s, sought to "bring the gospel back" to America. By offering the first empirically-grounded examination of this much-discussed phenomenon, Kim explores what non-Western missions will mean to the future of Christianity in America and around the world.

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With the extraordinary growth of Christianity in the global south has come the rise of "reverse missions," in which countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America send missionaries to re-evangelize the West. In The Spirit Moves West, Rebecca Kim uses South Korea as a case study of hownon-Western missionaries target Americans, particularl...

Rebecca Y. Kim is the Frank R. Seaver Associate Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Ethnic Studies program at Pepperdine University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 0.98 inPublished:February 19, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Korean Protestantism and UBF2. Korean Missionaries in America3. Spirit Moves West, with Soldier Spirit4. Theology of Sacrifice5. Privilege Whites6. Criticisms and Conflicts7. Evolution of a Korean Mission Movement in AmericaConclusion: Hyper-Korean Evangelicals and American Global ChristianityBibliographyAppendicesIndex

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"A powerful tale of a growing movement-missionaries to the United States. Wonderfully researched and written, The Spirit Moves West is engaging, important, and a page-turner. For most readers, what is contained in these pages is stunning." --Michael O. Emerson, Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Rice University