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Korean Diaspora, Korean Christianity, and Cultural Challenge

By Young-chan Ro, George Mason University / Im Colloquium of Korean Christianity

Thursday, May 12, 2011
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
6275 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Korea has become a Diaspora country, one of the most scattered people all around the glove. Korean Christianity has also become the most rapidly growing and expanding religion in North America. The lecture will discuss about the unique phenomenon of Korean transmigration from the cultural and religious perspective. The talk will also explore the significance of Korean Christianity in North America in relation to other immigrant communities in terms of their cultural and religious identity. The talk will examine the relation between culture and religion in the Korean immigration community.

Dr. Young-chan Ro was born and raised in Korea and he is a graduate of Yonsei University and holds a Th.M. from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara. He is Professor and Chair of Department of Religious Studies and Director of Korean Studies Center at George Mason University. He teaches in the areas of comparative religion, conflict and dialogue in religion, Mysticism: East and West, and East Asian religions, especially Confucianism and Daoism. He authored The Korean Neo-Confucianism of Yi Yulgok (SUNY Press, 1987) and co-authored The Four-Seven Debate: The Most Famous Controversy in Korean Neo-Confucianism(SUNY Press, 1995). He has published many articles in Korean studies, Confucian studies, and comparative religion. He is a recipient of a most prestigious academic award in Confucian studies in Korea, Yulgok Scholarly Award in 2004. He was co-chair of Korean Religions Group of American Academy of Religion (AAR) and President of the Association of Korean Christian Scholars in North America.

This event is open to the public.

Cost : Free

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