"Elaine Howard Ecklund has written a marvelous account of religion's crucial role among one of America's fastest-growing immigrant populations. Based on intensive ethnographic research and grounded in a thorough understanding of the sociological literature, Korean American Evangelicals casts important new light on longstanding questions about assimilation. Given the right circumstances, Ecklund shows, Korean American congregations provide far more than simply a refuge for their members and are poised to facilitate civic engagement that will alter the face of middle-class communities."
--Robert Wuthnow, author of America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity
"Elaine Howard Ecklunds book, Korean American Evangelicals: New Models for Civic Life, shows that second-generation Korean American evangelicals, unlike Korean immigrant evangelicals, focus on social services to non-Korean and non-Christian communities. More significantly, it reveals that the participants in Korean ethnic congregations and those in multiethnic congregations have established different schema for civic identities, civic practices, and political ideology. As the first book on both second-generation Korean evangelicals and civic participation among the post-1965 immigrant groups, it makes a significant contribution to the growing literature on the new immigrants and their religions. Written in engaging style, it should serve as an ideal reader for classes dealing with Asian American and new immigrant religious experiences."
--Pyong Gap Min, author of Caught in the Middle: Korean Communities in New York and Los Angeles
"A richly documented institutional ethnography and narrative of Korean-American civic and religious communities. Cultural sociology is ably linked to the study of assimilation of the second-generation into mainstream civic culture in Elaine Ecklund's probing and insightful book on Korean-American cultural identity."
--Victor Nee, Goldwin Smith Professor of Sociology and Director, Center for the Study of Economy and Society, Cornell University