some stuff i’m writing/quoting

The students in Kim’s (2006) work negotiated the contradiction [between religious universalism and ethnic separatism] through a variety of means.  Among them were recognizing that students of other races could go to other campus fellowships and noting that they could unite with Christians of other races through occasional events held by a campus-wide coalition of campus fellowships.  Some students commented that their hesitance to leave their ethnic comfort zone could be attributed to evangelical Christians’ beliefs in the sinfulness of humankind, as Kim noted: “Given the ‘sinful’ and ‘fallen’ nature of man, Evangelicals are not surprised that people have little trouble dealing with the apparent contradictions between their religious beliefs and religious practice” (p. 137).  She also commented: “In many ways, however, much of what interview subjects refer to as a ‘sin problem’ really points to individual basic desires for what is most beneficial and comfortable and least costly and painful.  What is ‘sinful’ is [second generation Korean Americans’] and others’ desire for homophily, majority group status, and escape from marginalization in a social context where ethnic groups are categorized and race continues to matter” (p. 138).

[That last sentence is a kicker.  I’m glad she added “and others.'”]

[Funny–I was rereading Rebecca’s book to look up the part about the “campus-wide coalition of…” and forgot that she directly refers to ICC at “Western University.”  Former ICC prez = Davidkitani]


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by joyce on March 18, 2010 at 12:24 am

    fascinating… i would love to hear more about this…


  2. it’s from the lit review from a chunk i’m trying to write up on korean american students. i keep thinking of how you could substitute “human” for “sinful,” and what that means.


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