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1.0 out of 5 starsBrief is right
Reviewed in the United States on November 9, 2006
This guy conducted absolutely no research and bases his thoughts on things he's noticed. This may be appropriate for a biography, but it certainly is not appropriate for a book describing an ethicity of people. He stereotypes his own people without giving any merit to his thoughts in form of other sources. This book is extremely brief, and you'd be better off learning about Korean Americans from a biography or from a more documented source.
1.0 out of 5 starsUnsubstantiated...Opinionated...Rubbish
Reviewed in the United States on March 18, 2010
I've been led to believe that American universities make up a large majority of the world's greatest universities in terms of academic quality. So I'm a little puzzled by the large swath of American reviewers of this book who think it is a work of notable acclaim. It is poorly written first, merely a collection of zealotted right wing, unsubstantiated drivel containing such ex cathedra gems as on page 21: "Countries that do not have many evangelical Christians tend to be less aggressive about fighting for the rights of color..." (Flabbergasted doesn't describe the feeling enough). There is no self critique of the Korean people whatsoever, quite clearly in his eyes they are the pepetual victim who has never once done anything wrong (although plenty of other Korean commentators, like Dr. M.H. Jo, can bring themselves to criticise the community when needs be ie. their negative views of black people). I also know plenty of Koreans who smoke, drink and would hopefully stick two fingers up at this rubbish. Cambridge University, what were you thinking?
1.0 out of 5 starsMis-representative of Koreans in America
Reviewed in the United States on June 16, 2005
This book was one of the worst I've ever read. It was so poorly written. I found numerous typos, grammatical errors and sentences that failed to make any sense. I suppose I shouldn't be too hard since the author's first language may not be English.
Many of the arguments being presented were poorly thought out and based on inaccurate and false statistics. Kim claimed that 90% of Korean's in the United States go to church without giving reference to the source of that statistic. Kim's claim may be correct but its meaningless to quote statistics without providing some information about how they are calculated etc.
In this book, Kim makes the frivolous and vexatious claim that Jews are responsible for suppressing the Korean minority in the U.S. Many studies have been carried out on racism and race issues, none have revealed any evidence of Jews discriminating against Koreans. Once again, I feel that Kim is allowing his inflexibility in thought and narrow mindedness get in the way of the facts.
I would avoid this book as it gives an inaccurate impression of Korean's living in America.
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat Introductory Book on Korean Americans
Reviewed in the United States on January 12, 2005
I have been looking for a book like this for years. It's a very good introductory book on the Korean American experience in the United States. Many of the Ivy League universities have Koreans being the largest number/percentage of the Asian population of the university (Ivy League universities have generally over 20 per cent Asian student population, so it's not a small minority). And my friend at Brown University said that the campus church there is run by a Korean American and most of the members of the church are Korean Americans. This phenomena is not confined to Brown. Most Christian groups in major American universities have evangelical Christians of Korean descent being in the leadership. This book is helpful in understanding the phenomena of the Korean American experience that seems to be becoming more and more important in the American society.
5.0 out of 5 starsKorean UMC Speaker's Great Book!
Reviewed in the United States on April 24, 2006
I became aware of the author's brilliance when I personally heard him speak at a Korean United Methodist Church event with member Korean churches from the conference gathered to hear him speak as the main speaker. Hundreds of Korean UMC youth were gathered to hear him speak. And the whole room was moved. When he asked teens in the room to make a commitment to serving the Korean community with Christian values, half the room responded by standing up. I couldn't believe my eyes! I have never seen anything like it in my life! Half the room responded by saying that they would be better leaders of the Korean community and will love their local Korean community/church and serve it. They said they would show Christ's love to others in ways they have never before. It was like a magical presence of God being experienced by all present. That KUMC event encouraged me to do learn more -- and here I am reading this book. I know that he's addressed Methodist teens of Korean descent in several other places and the result seems to be similar. Praise God for someone like this! Korean community is blessed because of him!
1.0 out of 5 starsMisleading, inaccurate and crap!
Reviewed in the United States on August 30, 2005
This book is utter rubbish; the author appears not to have a clue about Korean culture. The arguments put forward by the author are simply ridiculous and appear to be based upon the author's inferiority complex. Kim uses misleading and fictitious statistics to back up his claim that Koreans' are an oppressed minority in the U.S. This is a complete fallacy since many Koreans' are very well integrated in American society and suffer virtually no racial discrimination. Many American universities have positive discrimination schemes, which allow underprivileged ethnic minorities a chance to succeed where barriers once prevented them from doing so. Koreans' have benefited hugely from these schemes; a fact completely overlooked by Kim, and as a result they are over-represented in American universities. Kim uses a patronising and condescending approach when comparing Koreans' to other ethnic minority groups in the U.S. Many Hispanics', African-Americans' and Asian-Americans' will find Kim's style offensive. I would recommend that you avoid this book since it provides a misleading account of the lives of Korean-Americans'.