Pyong Gap Min Receives Two Awards at Annual Sociological Association Meeting

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Pyong Gap Min - Director of the Research Center for Korean Community and Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York received two awards for his scholarly contributions in the field of immigration at the American Sociological Association's annual meeting, held between August 17 to 21 in Denver, Colorado this year. The first is the Distinguished Career Award from the International Migration  Section.The second is second-place Honorable Mention for the Outstanding Book Award contest from the Sociology of Religion Section for Preserving Ethnicity through Religions in America: Korean Protestants and Indian Hindus across Generations


Jae-won Noh Presents on Foreign Residents in Japan

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Jae-won Noh (Associate Professor of Area Studies at Tenri University, Japan and Visting Scholar to the Research Center for Korean Community between January and July, 2012) gave a talk on "Korean Communities in Japan's Urban Society: A Case Study of Tokyo and Nagyoa City" as part of the center's regular seminar series on July 19, 2012. 


Jeng Liu and Pyong Gap Min Present on Cram Schools and Twice-Migrant Koreans


On June 14, Professor Jeng Liu (Visiting Scholar at Queens College from Tunghai University, Taiwan) and Pyong Gap Min (Director of the Research Center of Korean Community) presented at the center’s regular seminar series. Professor Liu presented on his findings and experiences from writing “Does Cram School Matter? Who Goes to Cram School?” – a paper examining the net effect of cram schooling on students’ academic performance as well as the hypothesis that participation in cram schools reflect patterns of stratification by gender and family background. Min presented on his paper “Twice-Migrant Koreans from Diasporic Communities in the United States: Their Countries of Origins, Socioeconomic Characteristics, and Attachment to Korea," which focuses on the continents and countries of origin, socioeconomic status, as well as ethnic attachment (to Korea) of immigrants who re-migrated to the United States from other diasporic communities. 


Legal Seminar Held at KCS


 On May 3, three of the research center’s attorneys at law (Jin Soo Choi, Young Soo Choi, Henry Jung) presented on a number of legal issues important for Korean immigrants at KCS. This included issues related to citizenship, labor, tax and commercial laws; laws related to government investigations and criminal defenses; and the Korean government’s laws regarding overseas property of Korean citizens.  This free legal  seminar was open to everyone and followed by a Q&A session where participants had the opportunity to ask specific questions.


Pyong Gap Min and Dong Suk Kim Present at Sa-I-Gu Forum

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On April 23,  the Research Center for the Korean Community and Korean American Voters Council co-organized a forum on the LA riots in commemoration of its 20th anniversary and to reflect on the political development in the Korean community in the United States. Professor Pyong Gap Min, Director of the Research Center for Korean Community, spoke on the "Victimization of Korean Merchants by Boycotts and the Riots and Their Effects on Ethnic Solidarity," and Mr. Dong Suk Kim, Co-Founder, Former President, and Steering Committee Chair of Korean American Voters Council spoke on "The Korean Community's Fight for Empowerment after the LA riots and Its Tasks in the Coming Years."


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