Dr. Keyone Kale Yu, Assistant Professor of History, publishes paper in the October 2011 Methodist History Journal. MHJ is the official historical journal of the United Methodist Church, where he serves as an elder.
In his work entitled, “Hawaiian Connectionalism: Methodist Missionaries, Hawaii Mission and Korean Ethnic Churches,” Dr. Yu explains, “Korean American history begins in Hawaii where Koreans first entered the United States in 1903 as laborers on the sugar plantations. From the beginning, Korean American Christians played an active role in planting their faith on the Hawaiian soil. Although Protestant missionaries began to enter Korea less than twenty years earlier, the majority of Koreans in Hawaii became Christians in the early twentieth century and they left their unique cultural and religious imprint in the dissemination and practice of Christianity.”
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