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


Arrival of Dr. Heejin Lim, RCKC's 2015 Visiting Scholar

We are pleased to announce the arrival of Dr. Heejin Lim, one of RCKC's Visiting Scholars for 2015. Dr. Lim is a Research Fellow at the National Youth Policy Institute in Seoul, Korea and a former Lecturer in the Department of Health Education at Ehwa Woman's University, also located in Seoul. Dr. Lim received a PhD in Health Education from the University of Tokyo in 2001.

During the upcoming year, Dr. Lim plans to examine school health promotion programs in the states of New York and New Jersey. In particular, she would like to analyze the coordinated efforts of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. schools in order to help improve health education in the school system in Korea. Dr. Lim worked as a Research Fellow in the Youth Activities and Competency office at the National Youth Policy Institute, which is a Korean government agency. Incidentally, RCKC's 2014 Visiting Scholar, Dr. Hyuncheol Kim, also worked at the National Youth Policy Institute.

We cordially welcome Dr. Heejin Lim, and we look forward to her tenure in the New York area.

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.

Click the link below for more information about the National Youth Policy Institute in Korea (한국청소년정책연구원).

National Youth Policy Institute in Korea (Korean-Language Website)

Dr. Hyuncheol Kim Pic at KCS Dec 11 2015

On Thursday, December 11, 2014, Dr. Hyuncheol Kim of the National Youth Policy Institute in Korea gave a presentation titled "Problems and Strategies of Youth Education in the Korean-American Community (한인사회 청소년 교육문제와 전략)" at KCS in Flushing. Dr. Kim, who was also RCKC's 2014 Visiting Scholar, analyzed current educational issues related to Korean language education and ethnic identity among Korean-American children in the United States. He presented some interesting quantitative and qualitative data comparing educational outcomes and aspirations of industrialized nations. His presentation was very well-received, and it sparked a lively and stimulating question-and-answer session. Dr. Hyuncheol Kim and his family returned to Korea at the end of December 2014 after spending an enjoyable and productive sabbatical year as RCKC's Visiting Scholar. 


Book Release Party Held at KCS on November 13, 2014

Korean Politican Book Cover Image Final

On Thursday, November 13, 2014, a book release party for Korean Americans Who Have Empowered the Korean-American Community (재미 한인사회에 힘을 실어준 한인들) was held at KCS (Korean Community Services) in Flushing, NY. This edited anthology, which is published in both Korean and English by Bookorea Publishing Company, features biographical essays by 18 prominent Korean-American politicians, administrators, and advocates. This is the third completed book project by the Research Center for Korean Community, and it was co-edited by Pyong Gap Min, Thomas Chung, and Young Oak Kim, and was translated by Dongho Cho. 

KCS (Korean Community Services), located at 35-56 159th Street, Flushing, NY 11358, was founded in 1973 as the first community-based service agency in the Korean community in New York City. KCS is a voluntary, non-profit, community service agency supported by government agencies, foundations, corporations, and concerned individuals. Its objectives are to develop and deliver a broad range of services to meet the various needs of the community. To achieve these objectives, KCS provides various professional community services within the areas of Aging, Community, Workforce Development, and Public Health.

Many RCKC events, including lectures and book parties, are held at KCS. We would like to thank KCS for their continued support and generosity. 

Korean Politician Book Release Party Photo



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


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