Min and Noh Lexington Book Cover

We would like to announce the publication of another book produced by the Research Center for Korean Community. This edited book, titled Second-Generation Korean Experiences in the United States and Canada, was co-edited by Professor Pyong Gap Min (RCKC) and Dr. Samuel Noh (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health at the University of Toronto). This edited anthology was published by Lexington Books, and it features studies on a wide variety of topics related to Korean Americans and Korean Canadians. Many of the chapters were culled from presentations from the Fourth Annual Conference of the Research Center for Korean Community. The book is currently available in hardcover, and the paperback will be available in the spring or summer of 2015.

Click the link below to purchase this edited anthology from the Lexington Books website:

Second-Generation Korean Experiences in the United States and Canada

02
Oct

On Tuesday, September 30, 2014, Pyong Gap Min—Director of RCKC and Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York—was the featured speaker at the 2014 Frederick A. Shippey Sociology of Religion Lecture at the Theological School of Drew University. Many Korean graduate students attend Drew, which has a strong Methodist tradition and connection to South Korea, and many Korean Methodist pastors have completed their training and education at the highly-rated liberal arts school. Professor Min's talk was titled "Immigrants' Religious Organizations and Community Social Services: Korean Churches in the New York-New Jersey Area." He had the opportunity to speak to many students and faculty members before and after his presentation. Over 100 people attended the talk, and the response from both the spectators and Professor Min was very positive.

02
Oct

2014 RCKC/RFKC Held on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at Queens College Student Union Ballroom

 Gala 2014 Awards Pic

 (Left to Right: Choon Taek Lim, Peggy Chung, Dr. James Muyskens, Hae Min Chung, Pyong Gap Min, Yung Duk Kim)

The 2014 Gala of the Research Center for Korean Community (RCKC) and the Research Foundation for Korean Community (RFKC) was held on Thursday, September 25, 2014, in the Ballroom of the Student Union building at Queens College. Approximately 150 people attended the gala.

This gala was organized by Research Foundation for Korean Community (RFKC), the non-profit organization that supports the activities and operation of the Research Center for Korean Community (RCKC). We would like to offer special thanks to members of RFKC who served as members of the Gala Organizing Committee, in particular Hae Min Chung, Henry Hong Kyun Jung, and Jea-seung Ko. We would also like to thank Jiwoon Kristine Choi (winner of RCKC's essay contest) for coming all the way from Amherst College to present her wonderful essay, and Dr. James Muyskens (former president of Queens College) for delivering a moving keynote address. And last but not least, we would like to thank everyone who attended the gala for supporting RCKC. 

Gala 2014 Wide Shot 

 

 

 

Korean Politican Book Cover Image Final

We would like to announce the publication of a new bilingual book that we have been working on for the last two years. The title of the book is Korean Americans Who Have Empowered the Korean-American Community (재미 한인사회에 힘을 실어준 한인들), and it was co-edited by Pyong Gap Min (Director of RCKC), Thomas Chung (Editor/Web Manager at RCKC), and Young Oak Kim (Research Associate at RCKC). This book, which is published in one volume in both English and Korean, features biographical essays by 18 prominent Korean Americans, including politicians, administrators, and advocates. This edited collection of biographical essays, which was published by the Seoul-based Bookorea Publishing Company, is being distributed in Korea. We would like to give special thanks to Dongho Cho (Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Queens College) for translating all of the essays. We would also like to thank all of the esteemed contributors for taking time out of their hectic schedules to write essays for this book.

Although we have not yet determined a date and location, we plan on having a book release party in the Flushing area some time after our upcoming annual gala (which will be held on Thursday, September 25, 2014 in the Ballroom of the Queens College Student Union building, in case you forgot).

Those of you who live in the New York-New Jersey area can purchase the book at the release party or by contacting RCKC at rckc.qc@gmail.com

For those of you who live in Korea, you can either purchase the book at any major book store or online by clicking on one of the following links:

Kyobo 교보문고 

Bandi/Luni's 반디앤루니스

We are very excited about the publication of this book, and we hope that it will be of great interest and use to readers, scholars, and government agencies in the United States and Korea. 

04
Feb

Winners of the First RCKC Essay Contest on Korea and Korean Culture

We are pleased to announce the winners of the First RCKC Essay Contest on Korea and Korean Culture. We have awarded cash prizes to the top six essayists. The other nine essayists will receive certificates of achievement and their essays will be included in an edited book (along with the six cash-prize-winning essays). The winners are as follows:

 
First Prize ($700):
Jiwoon Kristine Choi, Amherst College
 
Second Prize ($400):
Hae Joo Kim, Wesleyan University
 
Third Prize ($200):
Tamar Herman, Queens College, Macaulay Honors College
Laura Becker, Wheaton College
Esther Whang, University of Michigan
Christopher Ji-Hwan Joo, Boston University
 
Certificates of Achievement:
Audrey Jung-hyun Joo, Boston University
Andy Kim, Cornell University
Tom Spontak, Queens College
Dora Zhang, University of Chicago
Xinyu Zhang, CUNY Graduate Center
Sarah Pyun, Wellesley College
Nikkia Lewis, Queens College
Jaehan Jeong, Baruch College, Macaulay Honors College
You Gene Kim, CUNY Graduate Center
 

We would like to thank the Korea Society and Korean Cultural Service New York for offering financial support for this essay contest. Congratulations to all of the winners! As mentioned earlier, all of the winners will also receive certificates of achievement and their essays will be featured in an edited book and on our Korean American Data Bank.

 

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