First Annual RFKC Fundraising Golf Tournament Held on September 18, 2013

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On Wednesday, September 18, 2013, The Research Foundation for Korean Community ("RFKC") held its First Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament at Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth, NJ. This golf tournament was organized in lieu of the annual Gala that has been held the last three years. RFKC's mission is to support the research goals of the Research Center for Korean Community (RCKC) at Queens College.

The golf outing was fun, and it was a success. Approximately forty people participated in the tournament, and the weather was absolutely perfect. Hoon Park, a personal investor, won first place in the golf tournament. A Japanese buffet dinner was held for participants at Ichi Umi in Edison, NJ after the conclusion of the tournament. We would like to thank RFKC (in particular, Hae Min Chung, Jea-seung Ko, and Henry Jung) for all of their hard work in organizing this entertaining fundraising event. We would also like to thank Ichi Umi and everyone who supported our Research Center by participating in the tournament and attending the dinner. 




Book Release Party for Edited Book about Koreans in North America Held at KCS on 8/27/2013

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On Tuesday August 27, 2013, a book release party for Koreans in North America: Their Twenty-First Century Experiences was held at Korean Community Services in Flushing, NY. This book, which was edited by Pyong Gap Min, the Director of the Research Center for Korean Community (RCKC), combines qualitative and quantitative studies of Korean Americans and Korean Canadians. This is the first edited anthology that systematically and comprehensively examines both diasporic Korean groups. Topics include immigration and settlement patterns, Korean immigrant business patterns, religious practices, second-generation Korean Americans' ethnic identities, an examination of wives of Korean international students, and other issues related to Korean immigrants and their children. 

Over fifty people attended the book release party, and we were very pleased with the turnout. Additionally, we sold nearly all the copies of the book that we brought to the event. We are happy that so many members of the New York-New Jersey Korean community were in attendance in recognition of this important book, which is the first comprehensive and systematic anthology that examines various facets of Korean-American and Korean-Canadian experiences. It is encouraging that a few participants purchased more than 10 copies to give them to their friends as gifts. 


Professor Young Sang Yim (Hankuk University) Presented Lecture at KCS on July 10, 2013

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On July 10, 2013, Professor Young Sang Yim (임영상) from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (Seoul, Korea) gave a lecture at Korean Community Services (KCS). The main topic of the presentation was different Korean enclaves around the world. Yim, a Professor of History and Global Cultural Content at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, talked about and shared his experiences in Koreatowns and Koreans’ lifestyles in Yanbian, Tokyo, and Osaka through pictures he collected and took. Professor Yim also exhibited and explained digital cultural maps that he is working on of Korean enclaves. Professor Yim explained how these digital cultural maps can be created by using photos, stories, and histories of the different Korean enclaves.

Professor Yim is one of the authorities on Korean culture in Korean enclaves in various Korean diasporas. He is also the former president of the Association for the Studies of Koreans Abroad, a major association of scholars in Korea studying overseas Koreans. Greatly interested in Korean culture in overseas Korean enclaves, he hopes to create digital cultural maps of the Korean business districts in Flushing, Queens and Koreatown (K-town) in Manhattan.




Pyong Gap Min Receives Award from Comptroller John Liu for Asian Heritage Month

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(L) Comptroller John Liu and (R) Professor Pyong Gap Min. Photo courtesy of the New York City Comptroller's official website.

Pyong Gap Min, the Director of the Research Center for Korean Community at Queens College, received a Commendation from the Office of the Comptroller of the City of New York. On May 13, 2013, City Comptroller John Liu presented Professor Min with the award "for his passion and dedication to education and teaching others; for his commitment to providing the public with resources, facts, and information about their communities; for his outstanding sociological research; and for his tremendous contributions to the City of New York." The Commendation was awarded in recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which falls on the month of May. The United States Congress initially deemed the first week of May Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week in a joint Congressional resolution in 1978. In 1990, Congress voted to extend it to a month-long celebration. In May 1992, it was permanently designated as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. It is now officially proclaimed Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Every May, the Comptroller selects five Asian Americans who have contributed to various Asian-American communites. Professor Min was selected as this year's awardee representing the Korean community in the New York-New Jersey area. The other four recipients represent other Asian ethnic groups (Chinese, Indian, Filipino, and Pakistani), and all of them are social workers and/or community organizers in the NYC metropolitan area. Professor Min previously received the same award in 1991. We would like to congratulate Professor Min for receiving this distinction.




Dr. Yung Duk Kim Receives Community Empowerment Award from KACE

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We are pleased to announce that Dr. Yung Duk Kim, Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Research Foundation for Korean Community (RFKC), received the Community Empowerment Award from Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) at their annual gala on April 26, 2013.

Dr. Yung Duk Kim was one of four recipients of awards at KACE's gala. The other three awards were community service awards. KACE was founded in 1996 in Flushing in the borough of Queens, NY. This important grassroots advocacy group has made major contributions to the development of Korean political power. In addition to organizing voter registration drives in the New York City metropolitan area (including parts of New Jersey), it has also lobbied politicians on behalf of the Korean-American community, among many other activities.

Dr. Kim has worked tirelessly for Korean-American community empowerment, not just for KACE, but also for a number of other organizations. Even though he is now retired, he works full-time, seven days a week, to help the Korean community. In addition to being a board member at KACE, he is President of the Korean Language Association, a board member for the Korean American League for Civil Action (KALCA), and a board member and an executive committee member of the Korea Society. In 2010, Dr. Kim founded Research Foundation for Korean Community, a non-profit organization that supports our Research Center in a variety of ways. He serves as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for RFKC. Elder Hae Min Chung, who joined the organization in 2011, is the other esteemed Co-Chair.  

We would like to congratulate Dr. Kim for receiving the award, and we would also like to express our appreciation for all of the important work he has done, not just for our Research Center, but for the Korean and Korean-American communities.


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