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514mxouk8vl-_sx350_bo1204203200_The seventh Book in our Series, “Asian Christianity in the Diaspora” is now released. Please order and read Evangelical Pilgrims from the East: Faith Fundamentals of Korean American Protestant Diasporas by Dr. Sunggu Yang.

It is an important book to understand Asian American theology and Asian American churches. Please order it for your libraries.


“In this engaging analysis, Sunggu Yang explores the rich soil of identity and vocation that nurtures the preaching of a faithful pilgrim people. Examining several socio-ecclesial codes and styles that shape Korean American preaching, Yang not only provides insights into this important homiletical tradition, but also makes a significant contribution to multi-cultural homiletical reflection. An innovative, accessible study punctuated by numerous sermonic examples, this book represents the cutting edge of future homiletical research. Everyone interested in preaching can learn from it.” (Charles L. Campbell, Professor of Homiletics, Duke University Divinity School, USA )

“For those of us who want to understand, listen to, and learn from Korean American Evangelical Protestantism, I know of no better guide than this book by Sunggu Yang. Yang’s analysis helpfully cautions us against an overly simplistic reading of Korean American church culture, and invites us into a much richer and deeper appreciation for it.” (Leonora Tubbs Tisdale, Clement-Muehl Professor of Homiletics, Yale University Divinity School, USA)

“This book promises to become a vanguard work among scholars studying the Korean immigrant experience in North American churches. For those interested in the socio-linguistic and semiotic aspects of Korean American congregations this is a very important scholarly contribution.” (John S. McClure, Charles G. Finney Professor of Preaching and Worship, Vanderbilt University Divinity School, USA)


From the Back Cover

In this book Sunggu Yang proposes five socio-ecclesial codes as unique faith fundamentals of Korean American Christianity. Drawing from rigorous research and years of ecclesial experience, Yang names the codes as follows: the Wilderness Pilgrimage code, the Diasporic Mission Code, the Confucian Egalitarian code, the Buddhist Shamanistic code, and the Pentecostal Liberation code. These five codes, he asserts, help Korean Americans sustain their lives, culture, faith, and evangelical mission as aliens or “pilgrims” in the American “wilderness.” Yang outlines how his five proposed codes serve as liberative and prophetic mechanisms of faith through which Korean Americans can contribute to racial harmony and cultural diversity in North America. In this sense, Korean American Christianity―its theology and spirituality―works not only on behalf of Korean Americans, but also for the sake of all Americans. Yang shows how the Korean American pulpit is the locus where these five codes appear most vividly.

About the Author

Sunggu Yang is the Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellow in Homiletics and Liturgics at Wake Forest University School of Divinity, USA. He is the founder and general editor of the online journal, Asian American Theological Forum (www.aatfweb.org) and is currently completing his next publication, The New Art of Preaching: An Aesthetic Homiletic for the 21st Century.


“Asian Christianity in the Diaspora” Book Series Description

Palgrave Series Editors: Grace Ji-Sun Kim & Joseph Cheah

Asian American theology is still at its nascent stage. It began in the 1980’s with just a handful of scholars who were recent immigrants to the United States. Now with the rise in Asian American population and the rise of Asian American theologians, this new community is an ever-important voice within theological discourse and Asian American cultural studies.

This new series seeks to bring to the forefront some of the important, provocative new voices within Asian American Theology. The series aims to provide Asian American theological responses to the complex process of migration and resettlement process of Asian immigrants and refugees. We will address theoretical works on the meaning of diaspora, exile, and social memory, and the foundational works concerning the ways in which displaced communities remember and narrate their experiences. Such an interdisciplinary approach entails intersectional analysis between Asian American contextual theology and one other factor; be it sexuality, gender, race/ethnicity, and/or cultural studies.

This series also addresses Christianity from Asian perspectives. We welcome manuscripts that examine the identity and internal coherence of the Christian faith in its encounters with different Asian cultures, with Asian people, the majority of whom are poor, and with non-Christian religions that predominate the landscape of the Asian continent.

Palgrave is embarking on a transformation of discourse within Asian and Asian American theological scholarship as this will be the first of its kind. As we live in a global world in which Christianity has re-centered itself in the Global South and among the racialized minorities in the United States, it behooves us to listen to the rich, diverse and engaging voices of Asian and Asian American theologians.

If you have a project you think may be suitable for the series, contact the series editors: Grace Ji-Sun Kim, gjskim@hotmail.com & Joseph Cheah, Jpcheah@aol.com

Other book in the Asian Christianity in the Diaspora Book Series

The Sixth Book in our Series: The Gendered Politics of the Korean Protestant Right: Hegemonic Masculinity by Dr. Nami Kim


Fifth Book in the Series: Religious Language and Asian American Hybridity by Dr. Julius-Kei Kato


Fourth Book in the Series:  Theological Reflections on the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement edited by Drs. Justin K. H. Tse and Jonathan Y. Tan


Third Book in the SeriesReligious Experience Among Second Generation Korean Americans (Anthropology, Change and Development) by Mark Chung Hearn


Second Book in the SeriesIdentity, Youth, and Gender in Korean American Church by Christine Hong


First Book in the Series: Theological Reflections on Gangnam Style: A Racial, Sexual and Cultural Critique co-written Joseph Cheah & Grace Ji-Sun Kim