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

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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.




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