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


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




Arrival of Professor Yill-Youn Park, RCKC's 2015 Visiting Scholar

We are pleased to announce the arrival of Professor Yill-Youn Park, our second visiting scholar for 2015. Professor Park teaches and conducts research at Honam Theological University and Seminary in Gwangju, South Korea. His areas of interest include social welfare, counseling, and Korean immigrant churches. He was originally supposed to arrive in New York City in March, but due to some visa problems, his arrival was delayed until early May. Either way, we are happy that he is here. During his tenure as a visiting scholar at Queens College, he will conduct research on different aspects of Korean immigrant churches. Professor Park will return to Korea on August 15, 2015. His wife, Professor Gil Hee Noh, was our visiting scholar in 2011. RCKC's other visiting scholar for 2015 is Dr. Heejin Lim (National Youth Policy Institute, Seoul, South Korea).

Every year, RCKC invites at least one international scholar who conducts research on Korean Americans to stay in New York City for a year. We assist the visiting scholars by handling paperwork for visa applications and sharing our knowledge and information about local Korean communities and enclaves in the New York-New Jersey area. We also provide an office on the Queens College campus for the duration of the scholars' tenure here.



ChangHwan Kim April 15 2015 Seminar Pic

On Wednesday, April 15, 2015, the Research Center for Korean Community hosted a seminar at Korean American Youth Foundation in Flushing. The featured speaker at this event was ChangHwan Kim, a Professor of Sociology at the University of Kansas. The title of his talk was "The Educational Mating Patterns of 1.5- and 2nd-Generation Korean Americans and Their Family Standard-of-Living." He examined the effects of marrying a less-educated spouse (educational marrying-down) or marrying a more-educated spouse (educational marrying-up) on the family incomes of 1.5- and 2nd-Generation Korean Americans aged 25-34.

Approximately twenty-five members of the Queens/Long Island Korean and Korean-American community attended the seminar, which was very well-received. An interesting question-and-answer session about further implications of Professor Kim's findings followed his talk.

Click the link below for the full abstract of his presentation:

ChangHwan Kim Mating Patterns Abstract

Professor Kim also gave a presentation earlier that day titled "Are Asian American Women Advantaged: A Multidimensional Assessment" at Queens College. It was held from 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM in Room 351 of Powdermaker Hall, and it was well-attended by Queens College students and faculty. 

Professor Kim has published over thirty scholarly articles in journals (national and international), including American Sociological Review, Sociological Forum, and Social Forces. He also contributed a chapter for a book that we published in 2014, and participated in our 2013 academic conference. He specializes in the areas of stratification, race/ethnicity, Asian-American studies, Korea studies, quantitative methodology, and work and organizations.

Click the link below for more information about Professor Kim:

ChangHwan Kim KU Home Page




Soohyun Koo RCKC Seminar Medium Shot

On Friday, February 20, 2015, we had our first seminar at Korean American Youth Foundation (163-07 Depot Road, Flushing, NY 11358). The featured speakers at this event were John H. Kim and Soohyun "Julie" Koo, who braved the sub-zero wind chill and traveled all the way from Washington, DC to speak about public service and helping disadvantaged immigrants and minorities. Both Mr. Kim and Ms. Koo wrote essays for the book, Korean Americans Who Have Empowered the Korean-American Community. Approximately twenty people attended the seminar.

John H. Kim, who is the Chief of Staff of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, spoke about some of his work with the three-billion dollar private philanthropy organization, which is dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged children and families. In his talk, which was given in English, Mr. Kim spoke about the importance of providing a safety net for populations in need, and he recounted stories of his own immigrant parents and how one unfortunate financial or medical event would have been catastrophic.

Soohyun "Julie Koo," the former Director of the DC Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, spoke about some of her past work, which involved helping disadvantaged Asian immigrants who were unfamiliar with a variety of procedures and services that are beneficial and even integral to surviving in the United States. Ms. Koo spoke in Korean to the audience and talked about her transition from working in the private sector as a translator/interpreter in Korea and China to a life of helping others via public service in the United States.

We would like to thank Ms. Koo and Mr. Kim for traveling to NYC and speaking at our seminar, and we would also like to thank those who came out on a very chilly night to attend the seminar.

John Kim RCKC Seminar Wide Shot

John Kim Soohyun Koo RCKC Seminar Group Shot


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