How come Koreans seem so Korean?

I recently went to a Korean wedding and noticed that Korean-Australian churches seem to be really different to Chinese-Australian churches. At this Western style wedding there was a lot of young people and people around my age. They conducted the entire wedding in Korean and there were a number of interesting Korean elements to the ceremony (e.g. nuptial song, the groom also walks in to music, father’s give speech at end of service…)

If you go to a Chinese-Australian church’s English service, chances are it would feel pretty Western, the only difference maybe being some ‘singspiration’ and asian faces but that’s about it. And if you go to a Chinese Australian wedding it will probably be pretty much just Western style.

I could be wrong (I haven’t been to many Korean churches) but from the Koreans I’ve come across anyway the way they do church seems more un-Western and distinctly Korean when compared with Chinese.

Not only so, but chances are if you meet a Korean Australian, they can speak Korean pretty well, and they speak Korean to each other. However if you meet a Chinese Australian, they might not be able to speak Chinese! well not fluently anyway, preffering to speak English to each other.

(To clarify, sorry only speaking for cantonese speakers here…)

I wonder why that is?

Perhaps the introduction and growth of Christianity in Korean was more indigenous (as wikipedia seems to suggest) while for Hong Kong (at least) perhaps still had a lot of British leaders? I dunno

Or could it be that the Chinese-English congregations in Australia have been around longer and the Chinese Australian christians have had more teaching from Westerners (e.g. uni christian fellowships). I don’t know but at my uni anyways the Korean Christians had their own Korean Christian group.

Hmm really not well thought out…what do other people think?

Published by gracelung

I'm passionate about helping ABC's integrate faith with our ethnic identity as well as developing ethnic / culturally aware churches.

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