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The Spirit Moves WestKorean Missionaries in America$
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Rebecca Y. Kim

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199942107

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199942107.001.0001

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Bringing the Gospel Back to America…

(p.1) Introduction
The Spirit Moves West

Rebecca Y. Kim

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the research question of the book: How and why did Koreans born in mid-twentieth-century Korea pursue missions in America, focus on evangelizing white Americans, and eventually evolve in their mission efforts? It addresses the literature on global South Christianity and non-Western mission movements in the West in connection to Korean evangelicalism and missions. It argues that Korean missionaries were able to evangelize Americans through their hyper-Korean evangelical religious intensity, practice, and organization. On the whole, however, it also argues that their efforts to bring the gospel back to America also reflect the enmeshed relations that South Korea and its Christians have had with what is referred to in this book as American global Christianity, which consists of American Christianity, American imperialism, and its white dominant racial hierarchy.

Keywords:   global South, American Christianity, Korean evangelicalism, missions, racial hierarchy, imperialism, South Korea

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