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Evangelical Pilgrims from the East

Faith Fundamentals of Korean American Protestant Diasporas


  • Develops a homiletic hermeneutical framework or analysis tool for Asian American preaching

  • Offers a highly contextual homiletic hermeneutical orientation

  • Discusses the possibility of the critical development of a foundational Asian American practical theology of preaching


Part of the Asian Christianity in the Diaspora book series (ACID)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxi
  2. Sunggu Yang
    Pages 13-32
  3. Sunggu Yang
    Pages 33-49
  4. Sunggu Yang
    Pages 51-67
  5. Sunggu Yang
    Pages 69-87
  6. Sunggu Yang
    Pages 89-111
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 113-163

About this book


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.


Asian Korean Christianity Confucian Buddhist Pentecostal Evangelical Pilgrims Korean American Protestant Diasporas

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Wake Forest UniversityWinston-SalemUSA

About the authors

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 ( and is currently completing his next publication, The New Art of Preaching: An Aesthetic Homiletic for the 21st Century.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Evangelical Pilgrims from the East
  • Book Subtitle Faith Fundamentals of Korean American Protestant Diasporas
  • Authors Sunggu Yang
  • Series Title Asian Christianity in the Diaspora
  • Series Abbreviated Title Asian Christianity in the Diaspora
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-41563-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-82384-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-41564-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXXI, 163
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Religion and Society
    Asian Culture
    Comparative Religion
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“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)