Dae Young Kim Lecture Pic Aug 12 2015

On Wednesday, August 12, 2015, Professor Dae Young Kim (Department of Sociology and Anthropology at George Mason University) gave a talk about the Korean community in the Washington, DC-Baltimore metro area. The seminar took place at Korean American Youth Foundation, and it was hosted and organized by the Research Center for Korean Community. Below is a brief summary of his presentation:

The Washington, D.C.-Baltimore metropolitan area has emerged as one of the fastest-growing places of settlement for Korean immigrants in the United States. With more than 104,322 Koreans (single-race Koreans) residing in the region (ACS 2009-2011), it is the third largest Korean community after Los Angeles (301,534) and New York (203,020). Through an examination of the rich history and evolution of the Korean community in the greater Washington, D.C.-Baltimore metropolitan area, as well as Korean immigrants’ patterns of settlement, forms of economic adaptation, and structure of community and political organizations, the paper seeks to provide a timely portrait of the evolution and state of the Korean community in a new immigration gateway city. The paper draws on multiple sources of data, including the 2009-2011 American Community Survey (ACS), the 2003 Washington-Baltimore Korean Community survey (a survey commissioned by the Centennial Committee of the Korean Immigration to the United States, Washington, D.C.), a monograph commissioned by the Korean American Foundation-Greater Washington entitled, “History of the Korean-Americans in the Washington Metropolitan Area, 1883-2005,” the 2014 Giant Korean Business Directory, and twenty in-depth interviews conducted with Korean community leaders, long-time residents, and newcomers in 2011. 

In particular, Professor Kim talked about the concentration of Koreans and the emergence of Korean business districts in Fairfax County (VA), Montgomery County (MD), and Loudoun County (VA). Centreville, VA and Annandale, VA have especially high concentrations of Korean residents. Professor Kim cited stable government jobs and highly rated school systems as pull factors that have attracted Korean immigrants and Korean Americans to settle in the metro DC-Baltimore area.

Some of Professor Kim's research interests include immigrant integration, particularly the integration of the children of immigrants, into new host countries. He has published articles in Sociology of Religion, International Migration Review, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Sociological Forum.

Click the link below to visit Professor Dae Young Kim's faculty page on the George Mason University Sociology and Anthropology website:

Professor Dae Young Kim's Faculty Page

Dae Young Kim w Audience Aug 12 2015 KAYF Seminar

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Jul

Prof Min June 24 2015 Comfort Women Seminar Pic

On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, the Research Center for Korean Community hosted a seminar at Korean American Youth Foundation in Flushing. RCKC's director, Professor Pyong Gap Min, gave a talk titled "The Emergence of the 'Comfort Women' Issue and Survivors' Breaking Silence in the Early 1990s." He discussed a number of issues related to Korean victims of Japanese military sexual slavery during World War II. Recently, this tragic issue has been prominent again in U.S. and Korean media with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent visits to the U.S. and to shrines of Japanese war criminals.

Click the link below to read an article written by Professor Min that was published in the journal Gender and Society:

Korean "Comfort Women": The Intersection of Colonial Power, Gender, and Class

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May

RFKC Fundraising Golf Tournament Held on May 27, 2015

Golf Tournament 2015 Group Photo by CJ Kim

On Wednesday, May 27, 2015, the Research Foundation for Korean Community (RFKC) held its second annual fundraising golf tournament at Pelham Bay and Split Rock Golf Course in the Bronx. Over fifty golfers turned out for this year's event on a lovely and warm day, and over $13,000 was raised via donations and entry fees for the tournament. RFKC is a non-profit foundation established in 2010 to financially support the activities of the Research Center for Korean Community (RCKC) at Queens College. We would like to thank RFKC for organizing a fun and successful fundraising event. In particular, we would like to thank Jea-Seung Ko, Henry Hong Kyun Jung, and Hae Min Chung for doing extra work in organizing this event, as well all of the golfers who came out to support. 

29
May

Professor Pyong Gap Min Gave Keynote Address at Korean Language Association Gala

Prof Min Keynote Address Pic KLA Gala

On Thursday, April 23, 2015, the Korean Language Association (KLA) held their tenth annual gala in Manhattan. Professor Pyong Gap Min, the director of the Research Center for Korean Community (RCKC) gave a keynote address.

KLA Group Gala Pic

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May

Patricia Park Book Reading and Signing at Dae Dong Manor on May 19, 2015

Patricia Park Dae Dong Manor Pic

On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, Queens native Patricia Park gave a reading from her first novel, RE JANE, at Dae Dong Manor and Restaurant in Flushing. Over 150 people attended the event, which was co-organized by the Research Foundation for Korean Community and the Research Center for Korean Community. RE JANE was recently published by Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, a division of Penguin Press. 

Patricia also conducted a very illuminating question and answer session with the audience and signed copies of her book. Those in attendance thoroughly enjoyed the event, which featured welcoming remarks by former NYC Comptroller John Liu, President Hae Min Chung of RFKC, and others. Patricia and her parents were also awarded a citation of recognition from the office of New York Assemblymember Ron Kim.

It is encouraging that there are increasingly more 1.5- and 2nd-generation Korean-American writers emerging. This book is particularly meaningful for the Korean and Korean-American communities in New York City because Patricia was born and raised in Queens, and much of the book is set in the Korean enclave in Flushing. We look forward to reading more of Patricia's work in the future, and we are honored to have been a part of her first book tour.

Below is a brief description of the book:

"This was my America—all Korean, all the time."

RE JANE is a contemporary retelling of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. The novel follows the life of Jane Re—a half-Korean, half-white orphan sent to live with her uncle in Flushing, Queens. She toils, unappreciated, in her strict uncle’s grocery store and politely observes the traditional principle of nunchi (a combination of good manners, hierarchy, and obligation).

Desperate for a new life, she’s thrilled to become the au pair for the Mazer-Farleys, two Brooklyn English professors and their adopted Chinese daughter. Inducted into the world of organic food co-ops and nineteenth–century novels, Jane is the recipient of Beth Mazer’s feminist lectures and Ed Farley’s very male attention. But when a family death interrupts Jane’s new life, she flies off to Seoul, leaving New York far behind.

Reconnecting with family, and struggling to learn the ways of modern-day Korea, Jane wonders whether she is living out of obligation to others, or for herself. RE JANE is a tale from Queens to Brooklyn to the Gangnam district of Seoul and back, as Jane searches for “the motherland” and challenges what it means to belong.

Click the image of the book cover below to order copies of the book from Patricia Park's website:

Patricia Park Re Jane Book Cover Image

 

 

 

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