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Asian-American Music in Christian Worship
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Asian-American church music results from the exchange with Asian Christians from missionary churches who have been emigrating to the United States since the beginning of the late 19th century. Asian Christians represent a wide range of languages and cultures. Their church music reflects these differences in musical form, melodic line, and text, both in translation and when composed in English. Until the mid-20th century, music for worship among these churches was borrowed from Eur…

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Saliers, Don E., “Asian-American Music in Christian Worship”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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