On Wednesday, February 27, 2013, the Director of our Center, Professor Pyong Gap Min, gave a lecture on intergenerational differences of the socioeconomic attainments of Korean Americans. The talk, which was part of the Research Center for Korean Community's ongoing seminar series, took place at Korean Community Services, which is located at 35-56 159th Street, Flushing, NY 11358.


Lexington Books Publishes New Edited Book about Koreans in North America

Lexington Books published Koreans in North America: Their Twenty-First Century Experiences, a new edited anthology, in December 2012. The book, which was edited by the Director of our Center, Pyong Gap Min, features chapters by a number of different scholars who conduct research on overseas Korean populations. Koreans in North America focuses on the twenty-first century experiences of Korean Americans and Korean Canadians, and it features both quantitative data and qualitative information.

To purchase the book from the Lexington Books website, click here or on the picture below.


Third Annual Conference for the Research Center for Korean Community

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(Left to Right: Joong Hwan Oh, Young Soo Choi, Jong Mu Cho, Yung Duk Kim, Pyong Gap Min, Kimberly McKee, In Seo Son, Hae Min Chung)

On Saturday, November 17, 2012, the Third Annual Conference for the Research Center for Korean Community at Queens College took place at the Campbell Dome at Queens College. The conference featured presentations by five of our Center's dissertation scholarship recipients from 2011 and 2012. Additional presentations were given by three staff members of our Center, and two New York-area scholars.


Hyunjoon Park Presents Lecture on Korean Education at Seminar Series at QC

Hyunjoon Park Lecture PicOn October 11, 2012, Hyunjoon Park, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylavania, gave a talk titled "Korean Education: Myth and Reality" at Queens College. In this lecture, Professor Park examined a couple of common myths on Korean education in light of empirical evidence, and he talked about "real" problems regarding Korean education. The talk took place in Queens College's Powdermaker Hall, Room 351, and was well-attended, mostly by faculty and students of the Department of Sociology. Among other topics, Professor Park discussed test scores and cram schools in relation to the Korean education system.

Professor Park is a Korea Foundation Associate Professor of Sociology and Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He is affiliated with the Population Studies Center, Center for East Asian Studies, and the Asian American Studies Program. His research interests include education, social stratification, family, and social demography in cross-national comparative perspective, with focus on Korea and other East Asian countries.

This lecture was sponsored by the Research Center for Korean Community at Queens College and the Department of Sociology at Queens College.

We would like to thank Professor Park for traveling to Queens College to give the lecture, and we would also like to thank those who attended.


Third Annual Gala for the Research Center for Korean Community, Friday, November 16, 2012

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On Friday, November 16, 2012, the Third Annual Gala for the Research Center for Korean Community at Queens College was held at Dae Dong Manor in Flushing, Queens. Over 200 people attended. The gala featured speeches by our esteemed Board Members and Queens College President James Muyskens, and the keynote address was given by Rhea Suh (Assistant Secretary for Policy, Budget, and Management for the U.S. Department of the Interior). Assistant Secretary Suh gave an inspiring and articulate speech, reinforcing the importance of our Research Center and also calling for younger Korean Americans to take a more active role in government and other forms of public service. She was nominated for her position by President Obama in March 2009, and was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in a few months later. The gala also featured a performance of Seungmu (승무), a traditional Korean Buddhist dance that is known as the Monk's Dance. 


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