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. 


Miliann Kang Presents on Korean Immigrant Women, Nail Salons and Service Work

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On September 12, 2012, Miliann Kang, Associate Professor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, presented a lecture and discussion at a book party for her recently-published work, The Managed Hand: Race, Gender and the Body in Beauty Service Work (University of California Press, 2010). Kang's work examines the popularity of nail salons, the hyper visibility of Asian women in the industry, and the sociological processes that establish relationships across boundaries of race, gender, class and immigration.  The talk was given at the auditorium of Korean Community Services, 35-56 159th Street, Flushing, NY 11354.

Kang is also affiliated faculty in Sociology and Asian/Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The Managed Hand: Race, Gender and the Body in Beauty Service Work has received book awards from the American Sociological Association and National Women's Studies Association.


Mei Lan Jin Presents on the Chosunjok Community in China

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On July 19, 2012 Mei Lan Jin (Associate Professor, School of Foreign Languages at Yan Bian University, China and Visiting Scholar to the Research Center for Korean Community since September 2011) presented on "The Formation of the Korean-Chinese Community in the Yanbian Area and Preservation of Korean Traditional Culture and Education" as part of the center's regular seminar series. Mei Lan Jin's research is rooted in the forty years she has spent living in the Yanbian area.


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