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Soc. Sci. 2016, 5(4), 67; doi:10.3390/socsci5040067

Postcolonial Reflection on the Christian Mission: The Case of North Korean Refugees in China and South Korea

Department of Early, Elementary & Reading Education, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807, USA
Academic Editor: Martin J. Bull
Received: 18 August 2016 / Revised: 13 October 2016 / Accepted: 19 October 2016 / Published: 25 October 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Backlash: Contemporary Obstructions to Social Justice)
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The purpose of this paper is to challenge the dominant narrative of Christian service providers working for North Korean refugees’ welfare, and to articulate the perspectives of non-Christian aid recipients, especially North Korean refugees in China and South Korea. Drawing upon postcolonialism, I will unpack dysfunctions of Christian missions and ministries while relating them to anthropological insights and ethnographic research data. As a Christian scholar, I attempt to invite Christian leaders and field workers to engage in critical reflections on their goals, dispositions, and strategies in relating to the culturally, politically, and economically marginalized. This paper is aimed to offer opportunities for Christian missionaries to critique their colonial models and to reclaim their missions that decolonize both missionaries and the missionized. View Full-Text
Keywords: postcolonialism; refugee; North Korea; missionary; Christianity; humanitarian aid; China; South Korea; justice postcolonialism; refugee; North Korea; missionary; Christianity; humanitarian aid; China; South Korea; justice
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Kang, S.J. Postcolonial Reflection on the Christian Mission: The Case of North Korean Refugees in China and South Korea. Soc. Sci. 2016, 5, 67.

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