(Members of the Korean American Presbyterian Church of Queens. Koreans are among those swelling the ranks of evangelical Christians. New York Times June 21, 2005)
Korean American churches play a huge role for both first generation and second generation Korean Americans. It is an essential part of the Korean American community everywhere in the U.S. For first generation Korean Americans, it not only gave them a belief that they should come to the U.S. for better opportunities, Korean American churches provided a haven where they could receive and help for adjusting to like in America, a place to grow in social status, and a community for them to interact with other Korean Americans. Because second generation Korean Americans do not have the same needs, such as adjusting to life in the U.S., as the first generation, many leave the church. EMs have allowed many second generation Korean Americans to come back to church and they come to retain their Korean American identity with their family and fellow Korean American friends. Although there are issues about how the Korean American church is unable to convey important parts of the Korean heritage such as it’s Buddhist and Confucian history to its second generation members and also how it is patriarchal and limits the roles women can take in church, it is able to serve as a place of comfort and identification for all generations.