transmission of culture

I have a minor sentence in a paper re: the role that Korean Am churches play: “They also pass on Korean culture to the next generation by hosting language schools and cultural events.” It’s nothing too out there and I see variations of similar sentences in more or less every paper on KA (or ethnic) churches, but an outsider would think that Korean churches are passing on some¬†rarefied/pure form of Korean culture that remains intact from generation to generation–like passing on a baton–when really ethnic churches, language schools, and whatnot are sites that incubate and invent/reinvent dynamic, emergent manifestations of ethnicity–like a shared, collective sense of what it’s like to sit in hangulhakgyuh (korean school) and be really, really bored. These are the ties that bind…

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: