March 14, 2007
Amidst this collection of essays about the religious engagement among undergraduates, hosted by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is this article by Rebecca Y. Kim, Asian Americans for Jesus: Changing the Face of Campus Evangelicalism, which re-explores the growth and impact of college campus ministries and the active participation of many by Asian Americans. Rebecca Y. Kim is assistant professor of sociology at Pepperdine University, and is the author of God’s New Whiz Kids? Korean American Evangelicals on Campus (New York University Press, 2006).
The article’s introduction is excerpted below:
One out of four Evangelical college students at New York City colleges and universities are Asian American. At Harvard, Asian Americans constitute 70 percent of the Harvard Radcliffe Christian Fellowship, and given the popularity of Evangelical Christian fellowships, one can easily spot students who proudly don t-shirts with phrases like “the Asian Awakening”. At Yale, Campus Crusade for Christ is 90 percent Asian, whereas twenty years ago it was 100 percent white. On the West Coast, the Asian American membership at Stanford’s InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) from 1989 to 1999, increased by 84 percent, compared to a 31 percent increase in its overall membership. Meanwhile, UC Berkeley and UCLA have more than fifty Asian Christian fellowships and most of their members are Asian American. UCLA alone has more than ten Korean Christian related fellowships.
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