Elder Hae Min Chung Receives Vision Award from KCS at 40th Anniversary Gala

Hae Min Chung Headshot

On November 21, 2013, Elder Hae Min Chung, President of Research Foundation for Korean Community (RFKC), was honored with the Vision Award at the 40th Anniversary Gala for Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York (KCS), which was held at 10 Desbrosses Street in Tribeca in lower Manhattan. The Vision Award honors founders and leaders of KCS throughout their 40-year history.

Elder Hae Min Chung was a Chairman of the Board of Directors of KCS from 1995 to 1997. In various ways, he has provided tremendous support to the organization and to the community. Because of his efforts, KCS was able to purchase land in Corona, Queens that turned into seed money for what is now KCS' Main Office and Community Center. He is currently the President of Research Foundation for Korean Community, which supports and oversees financial operations for the Research Center for Korean Community at Queens College. He is also Executive Advisor of the Korean American Chamber of Commerce of Greater New York. Since immigrating to the United States in 1974, Elder Chung has worked tirelessly to help the Korean and Korean-American communities.

We would like to congratulate Elder Hae Min Chung on being honored with the Vision Award, and we would also like to congratulate KCS on 40 years of dedicated service to the Korean and Korean-American communities in the metropolitan New York-New Jersey area.



Pyong Gap Min Presented Lecture at AAARI on Friday October 25, 2013

On Friday October 25, 2013, Pyong Gap Min, the Director of the Research Center for Korean Community, presented a lecture that summarized some of the major findings in his new edited book at Asian American/Asian Research Institute (AAARI) in midtown Manhattan (25 West 43rd Street, 10th Floor, Room 1000). His book, Koreans in North America: Their Twenty-first Century Experiences, was published by Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield Books.    


Pyong Gap Min discussed major findings from this new anthology of Koreans' experiences in the U.S. and Canada. Topics covered include Koreans' immigration and settlement patterns, changes in Korean immigrants' business patterns, Korean immigrant churches' social functions, differences between Korean immigrant intact families and kirogi (wild geese) families, transnational ties, second-generation Koreans' identity issues, and Korean international students' gender issues. This book presents basic statistics about Koreans' immigration, settlement, and business patterns, while it also provides meaningful qualitative data on gender issues and ethnic identity. The included annotated bibliography on Korean Americans serves as an important guide for beginning and experienced researchers studying Korean Americans.


We were very pleased with the turnout, and we would like to thank Professor Russell Leong and Antony Wong from AAARI for co-organizing and hosting this event.  


Pyong Gap Min is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He also serves as Director of the Research Center for Korean Community at Queens College. The areas of his research interests are immigration, ethnic identity, ethnic business, immigrants' religious practices, and family/gender, with a special focus on Asian/Korean Americans. He is the author of five books, all focusing on Korean immigrants' experiences.


Click on the link below to purchase Koreans in North America: Their Twenty-First Century Experiences


William Helmreich Lecture Photo 

On Wednesday, October 16, 2013, the Research Center for Korean Community at Queens College hosted a lecture program at Korean Community Services (KCS) in Flushing, Queens. Dr. William B. Helmreich of the CUNY Graduate Center and City College gave a talk titled "Learning from the Jewish Experience in America." Prior to Dr. Helmreich's lecture, Professor Pyong Gap Min (the Director of our Center)  gave a talk titled "Jewish Americans, Young Jewish Americans' Engagement to the Jewish Community and Israel, and their Mechanisms." Approximately 25 to 30 members of the NY-NJ Korean-American community attended, and they showed great interest in the content of both lectures.

You may be wondering why we, the Research Center for Korean Community, hosted two lectures about Jewish-American experiences. Among white ethnic groups, Jewish Americans are the only group that has achieved high levels of socioeconomic mobility and success while maintaining and preserving their ethnic traditions. The Korean-American community can learn a lot from the Jewish-American community, especially in terms of how they have kept young Jewish-American children engaged in the co-ethnic community and also with Israel. Both Helmreich's and Min's lectures touched on issues that give a better understanding of the Jewish-American community and the ways that other ethnic groups, including Korean Americans, can learn and benefit from their experiences.

William B. Helmreich is Professor of Sociology and Deputy Chairman at CUNY Graduate Center and City College of New York, as well as Director of the City College Conflict Resolution Center. He was also department Chairman for five years and has held visiting posts at Yale University and Hebrew University. A former Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Dr. Helmreich is the author or editor of 14 books about a variety of subjects, including New York City, Holocaust survivors, and black militant organizations. He is also the winner of the 1993 National Jewish Book Award.

We would like to offer our sincere thanks to Dr. Helmreich for taking time out of his busy schedule to give this interesting talk.

The Research Center for Korean Community at Queens College organizes and hosts lecture events regularly at Korean Community Services (KCS)35-56 159th St. (between 35th Ave. and Northern Blvd.), Flushing, NY, 11358.


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

golf pic

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

Book Release Party Pic 

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. 


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