Tuesday, September 09, 2003
You have ever have those nights where you stay up reading when you know you should go to bed?
Anyways, some interesting bits I've been reading...
Korean American Christians Flock to Fullerton
The city of Fullerton in Orange County, Calif. is emerging as a mecca for Korean Christian churches. In the city's 10-mile radius, there are approximately 50 Korean churches and counting, according to the Korea Daily in Los Angeles.
Korean Christian churches are considered a foundation of the Korean American community. The number of churches has grown with the Korean population in the area. In 2000, the number of Koreans in Orange County jumped 48 percent to roughly 56,000 from 30,000, according to census data. Local Koreans, however, say the number is much higher, around 130,000. Many fled Los Angeles following the riots in 1992.
Fullerton is also considered attractive because of its convenient location at the crossroads of Los Angeles, the Inland Empire counties of Riverside and San Bernardino and Irvine, according to the report.
The Grace Korean Church, which moved to Fullerton last year, now has more than 3,000 members. The Korean Church of Love has 7,000 parishioners. Others like the Samsung Presbyterian Church, which has 1,000 members in Rowland Heights, are also planning to open a church in the city.
"Many fled Los Angeles following the riots in 1992." Amazing how an injustice that occurred to the LA Korean American community over 10 years ago still has ramifications today.
Speaking of injustice... those of you who e-mailed Lifeway have probably noticed they haven't done jack squat about the website or their VBS program. Disappointing, eh?
I guess the irony is several Asian American Christian friends of mine have been apathetic about the issue, commenting it's so typical of mainstream America. I guess I can understand that on some level, but even worst, some other people have told me that they see nothing wrong with the site. Aiyah.
This website has a very informative FAQ that I think anybody who's not clear about the issues involved should read. It's written by a Korean American pastor and is a pretty good read.
As no substantive action has been taken yet, I encourage everybody to keep expressing their displeasure to the company. Contact them and forward their information to your friends / local churches.
Their contact info:
Director of VBS Curriculum
Director of Publications
LifeWay Customer Service
LifeWay Church Resources
c/o Your VBS
One LifeWay Plaza
Nashville, TN 37234-0136
If you do nothing and at the next national, non-denominational Christian conference XYZ, somebody compliments you on your "good English", you have nobody to blame but yourself...
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