Research shows that religion continues to be an important identity marker for new immigrants in the United States (Yang and Ebaugh, 2001). There certainly isn¡¯t an exception for Korean immigrants in the United States. Most Korean immigrants are affiliated with and actively participate in Korean Protestant churches of the century were Christians prior to immigration, and the majority of them attended immigrants reported attend church at least once a week (Min and Kim, 2005). These percentages are staggering statistics and perpetuate the major influence Christianity, particularly Protestantism, have on Korean immigrants in the United States.
The principle formation of ethnic diaspora entails a separation of group of people from its homeland. Given the context of this very rudimentary definition of diaspora, the Korean immigrants in the United States form the basis for the Korean diaspora in America. Immigration of Koreans into the United States has come more in larger waves post 1965. This hallmark year indicates the year the United States passed the Immigration Act which lifted the ¡®national origins¡¯ clause in previous immigration legislation and eliminated quotas (Yang and Ebaugh). After the passing of the Immigration Act of 1965, Koreans were able to enter the United States as long as they fulfilled one of the seven preferences included in the act.
The changes in U.S. immigration policy posed for more ethnic diversity in the U.S., particularly a wave of Korean Protestant immigrants. These immigrants not only created the foundation of the Korean diaspora in the United States post 1965 immigration policy, but constructed a road for the assimilation of new migrants through the establishment of religious institutions, primarily the Protestant church. My examination includes several accounts of the enormous influence Korean immigrants had on not only sacrifice. New York and other Korean communities in the United States have achieved a Korean population has increased in each Korean community (Min, 1992)
I¡¯ve been exposed to a plethora of material within the past ten weeks that has provided me with a general understanding to the topic of diaspora. In my studies of diaspora, I¡¯ve been exposed to several of the leading scholars in this field such as James Clifford, Robin Cohen, and Daniel and Jonathan Boyarin. My exposure to these scholars¡¯ work on diaspora and their respective topics has broadened my knowledge of the ever growing field of diasporic studies. Setting up a framework of diaspora studies is not a...