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Pyong Gap Min, Ethnic Solidarity for Economic Survival: Korean Greengrocers in New York City (Russell Sage Foundation, 2008).

Pyong Gap Min, Preserving Ethnicity through Religion in America: Korean Protestants and Indian Hindus across Generations (New York University Press, 2010). The winner of the 2010 Outstanding Book Award from the Association for the Studies of Koreans Abroad; The winner of Honorable Mention in the 2011 Thomas and Znaniecki Best Book Award competition from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association.

Preserving Ethnicity through Religion in America explores the factors that may lead to greater success in ethnic preservation. Pyong Gap Min compares Indian Americans and Korean Americans, two of the most significant ethnic groups in New York, and examines the different ways in which they preserve their ethnicity through their faith. Does someone feel more "Indian" because he or she practices Hinduism? Does membership in a Korean Protestant church aid in maintaining ties to Korean culture?

Pushing beyond sociological research on religion and ethnicity which has tended to focus on whites, or on a single immigrant group or on a single generation, Min takes actual religious practice and theology seriously, rather than gauging religiosity based primarily on belonging to a congregation. Fascinating and provocative voices of informants from two generations combine with telephone survey data to help readers understand overall patterns of religious practices for each group under consideration. Preserving Ethnicity through Religion in America is remarkable in its scope, its theoretical significance, and its methodological sophistication.

"Pyong Gap Min here exhibits all the methodological skill and interpretive nuance we have come to expect from the foremost sociologist of Asian American religion. . . . The book is a tour de force, one that will cause us to re-evaluate several things we have long thought we knew about how religion shapes ethnicity and vice versa. The writing is clear and jargon-free, and the narrative is rich in human detail."-Paul Spickard, University of California, Santa Barbara

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Pyong Gap Min is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of Research Center for Korean Community at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author or editor of several books, including Caught in the Middle: Korean Merchants in America's Multiethnic Cities.

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Edited Books

Min, Pyong Gap (ed.). 2013. Koreans in North America: Their Twenty-First Century Experiences. Lexington Books. The Author of 6 of 11 Chapters.

Min, Pyong Gap. and Thomas Chung (eds.). Under Consideration by a Publisher. Personal Narratives on Ethnic and Racial Identities by Second-Generation Koreans.

Journal Articles

Min, Pyong Gap. Forthcoming. "The Attachment of Caribbean Indians to India and the Indian Community in New York City." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Min, Pyong Gap. 2012. "Twice Migrant Koreans in the United States: Their Origins, Socioeconomic Characteristics, and Ethnic Attachment." Journal of Diaspora Studies (a journal in Korea) 6(1): 155-177.

Min, Pyong Gap. 2011. "The Immigration of Koreans to the United States: A Review of 45 Year (1965-2009) Trends." Development and Society 40: 195-224.

Oh, Sook Hee, and Pyong Gap Min. 2011. "Generation and Earnings Patterns among Chinese, Filipino, and Korean Americans in New York." International Migration Review 45: 852-871.

Min, Pyong Gap, and Dong Wan Joo. 2010. "The Flushing-Bayside Koreatown in New York City." The Journal of Global Cultural Contents (a journal in Korea) 5(3): 7-39.

Min, Pyong Gap. 2010. " The 'Disadvantage Thesis' and 'Colorblind Racism': A Response to Tamara K. Nopper." Critical Sociology 36: 897-901.
Kim, Chigon, and Pyong Gap Min. 2010. “Marital Patterns and Use of Mother Tongue at Home among Native-Born Asian Americans.” Social Forces 89: 235-256.

Min, Pyong Gap and Chigon Kim. 2009. “Patterns of Intermarriages and Cross-Generational In-marriages among Native-Born Asian Americans.” International Migration Review 43: 447-470.

Min, Pyong Gap, and Young Oak Kim. 2009. “Ethnic and Sub-ethnic Attachments among Korean, Chinese and Indian Immigrants in New York City.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 32: 758-780.

Min, Pyong Gap. 2008 “Severe Under-representation of Women in Church Leadership in the Korean Immigrant Community in the U.S.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 46: 255-242.

Min, Pyong Gap. 2007 “From Strong to Moderate Ethnic Attachment and Solidarity: Intergenerational Transition among Korean Americans.” Korean and Korean American Studies Bulletin 16: 1-27

Min, Pyong Gap. 2007. Korean-Latino Relations in the Post-1965 Era.” Dubois Review 5: 395-412.

Book Chapters

Min, Pyong Gap. Forthcoming. "Koreans in New York in the Twenty-First Century." One out of Three: Immigrant New York in the 21st Century, edited by Nancy Forner.

Min, Pyong Gap. Forthcoming. "Middleman Entrepreneurs." Handbook on Migration Studies, edited by Steven Gold and Stephanie Nawyn, Routeledge.

Min, Pyong Gap, and Chigon Kim. 2011. “The Korean American Family.” Fifth Edition of Ethnic Families in American: Patterns and Variations, edited by Charles Mindel, Robert Habenstein, and Rooosevelt Wright Jr. Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, NJ.

Min, Pyong Gap. Dong Wan Joo, and Young Oak Kim. 2009. “Korean Produce Retailers in New York: Their Conflicts with Whites Suppliers and Reactive Solidarity.” In The Korean American Economy and Community in the 21st Century, pp. 485-508, edited by Eui-Young Yu, Hyojoung Kim, Kyeyoung Park and Moonsong Oh. Los Angeles: The Korean American Economic Development Center.  

Min, Pyong Gap. 2009. “Patterns of Korean Immigrant Businesses in New York.” In The Korean American Economy and Community in the 21st Century, pp. 133-155, edited by Eui-Young Yu, Hyojoung Kim, Kyeyoung Park and Moonsong Oh. Los Angeles: The Korean American Economic Development Center.

Min, Pyong Gap. 2007 “Korean Immigrants’ Concentration in Small Business, Business Related Inter-group Conflicts, and Ethnic Solidarity.” In Handbook of Research on Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship, pp. 217-222, edited by Leo-Paul Dana. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.   

Min, Pyong Gap. 2007 “Immigrants from Korea.” In The New Americans, pp. 491-503, edited by Mary Waters and Reed Ueda. Cambridge, MA: The Harvard University Press. 

Research Reports

Min, Pyong Gap. “An Annotated Bibliography on Korean Americans,” Research Report 1, the Research Center for Korean Community, December 2009.

Min, Pyong Gap and Chigon Kim, “Growth of the U.S. Korean Population and Changes in Their Settlement Patterns, 1990-2008,” Research Report 2, The Research Center for Korean Community, 1990-2008.

Min, Pyong Gap. "Koreans' Immigration to the U.S.: History and Comtemporary Trends," Research Report 3, The Research Center for Korean Community, January 2011.


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