Korean Soc Worker Book Cover Pic

We are pleased to announce the publication of the latest RCKC book project, The Koreans Who Have Devoted Themselves to the Koreans' Welfare in the New York Korean Community (뉴욕 한인복지를 위해 공헌한 사람들). This Korean-language book, edited by RCKC's Young Oak Kim, was published by Bookorea Publishing Company In August 2021. This edited volume features autobiographical essays by ten individuals who either founded or are in leadership positions in major Korean social service and community organizations in the Greater New York area, including Kwang Suk Kim of Korean Community Services of New York (KCS), Kwanghee Kim of Korean American Family Service Center (KAFSC), Ju-Bum Cha of MinKwon Center for Community Action, and many others. This is the fourth book published in Bookorea's and RCKC's North American Korean Community Book Series. RCKC's director, Professor Pyong Gap Min, is the book series editor. 

On Tuesday, August 24, 2021, there was a small book party to celebrate the publication of this volume at Kum Gang San Korean restaurant in Flushing, Queens. The attendees included seven of the ten chapter authors and staff members of RCKC.

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May 21, 2021 - Seminar on Preservation of Bukchon Hanok Village

Flyer Nam Jung Hyun Seminar on Bukchon Hanok Village 5 21 21

On Friday, May 21, 2021, we hosted a virtual seminar on the preservation and maintenance of Bukchon Hanok Village, which is a 600 year-old Korean traditional village in Seoul located near Gyeongbok and Changdeok Palace and Jongmyo Royal Shrine. Since 2000, the Seoul Metropolitan Government has taken measures to actively preserve and maintain the village, which is one of the most popular tourist attractions in South Korea. The Korean-language Zoom talk was given by Nam Jung Hyun, RCKC's Visiting Scholar for 2020-2021. 

Since 2016, Nam Jung Hyun has served as the Director of the Seoul Metropolitan Government's Hanok Heritage Preservation Division. Prior to that, he was the Director of the Residential Improvement Division.

Comfort Women Book Talk Flyer March 20 2021

On Saturday, March 20, 2021, we hosted a virtual book talk for the recent publication of Korean "Comfort Women": Military Brothels, Brutality, and the Redress Movement by Pyong Gap Min, the director of our research center and Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center of CUNY. This important monograph was published by Rutgers University Press, and it is available in paperback, hardcover, and E-Book.

This book is significant because it is the only English-language book that examines both the "comfort women" issue and the redress movement for the victims of Japanese military sexual slavery comprehensively. It examines not only their forced mobilization to and brutal experiences at Japanese military brothels, but also their post-war hardships in returning home and their suffering in Korea for a half century. It also covers the redress movement in Korea, Japan, and the United States in detail. This book is also important because it is related to several social science disciplines. 

This event was co-hosted by RCKC and Open Forum Korea and sponsored by The Research Foundation for Korean Community (RFKC), the Korean American Association of Greater New York (KAAGNY), and the National Unification Advisory Council, New York Chapter.


March 27, 2021 - Virtual Film Screening of "Jeronimo"

Jeronimo Film Poster


On Saturday, March 27, 2021, we hosted an online screening of the documentary film Jeronimo, directed by Joseph Juhn. This film recounts the story of Jeronimo Lim Kim, a Cuban-Korean who fought in the Cuban Revolution and crossed paths with Fidel Castro and Che Guevara before turning to his Korean roots and making great efforts to locate Cubans of Korean descent and create a supportive Korean-Cuban community. The 90-minute film was followed by a Q & A session with the director. The screening and Q & A was held through Zoom. We would like to thank the director Joseph Juhn and everyone who participated.

Book Cover Image Japanese Military Sexual Slavery Min Chung Yim


It is with great pleasure that we announce the long-awaited publication of our edited volume on the "comfort women" issue and the redress movement. The full title of the book is Japanese Military Sexual Slavery: The Transnational Redress Movement for the Victims, and it is part of DeGruyter Books' "Genocide and Mass Violence in the Age of Extremes." The book was co-edited by RCKC staff members Pyong Gap Min, Thomas R. Chung, and Sejung Sage Yim.

We are also very happy that this volume is available as a free, open-access E-book/E-Pub, which means that it is accessible to everyone free of charge.
Having this E-book be free and accessible to everyone in order to spread awareness about this important and under-studied issue was very important to us, as well as to Frank Jacob, the series editor of the "Genocide and Mass Violence" book series at DeGruyter.

Click here to access the E-Book via the Google Play reader

DeGruyter has also published a hardcover hard copy of the book, which is available now. The paperback will be available in February 2021. The hardcover and open-access free E-book are both available on DeGruyter's website:

Click here to visit the DeGruyter website

Please enjoy the E-book (which is downloadable as a PDF) and publicize and share it widely with your friends, family, colleagues, and entire social network.

We would like to thank all of the scholars and activists who wrote and revised excellent chapters for the book, and who have devoted so much of their time and energy to conducting research, organizing social movements, and spreading awareness of the "comfort women" issue in the name of achieving justice. In addition, we would also like to express special thanks to Frank Jacob, Rabea Rittgerodt, and Anett Rehner of DeGruyter Books for their important roles in getting this book published, as well as for their meticulous attention to detail.

The staff members at The Research Center for Korean Community (all of whom are working remotely) hope that you are all staying safe and healthy during this scary and disruptive COVID-19 pandemic.


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