Soohyun Koo RCKC Seminar Medium Shot

On Friday, February 20, 2015, we had our first seminar at Korean American Youth Foundation (163-07 Depot Road, Flushing, NY 11358). The featured speakers at this event were John H. Kim and Soohyun "Julie" Koo, who braved the sub-zero wind chill and traveled all the way from Washington, DC to speak about public service and helping disadvantaged immigrants and minorities. Both Mr. Kim and Ms. Koo wrote essays for the book, Korean Americans Who Have Empowered the Korean-American Community. Approximately twenty people attended the seminar.

John H. Kim, who is the Chief of Staff of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, spoke about some of his work with the three-billion dollar private philanthropy organization, which is dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged children and families. In his talk, which was given in English, Mr. Kim spoke about the importance of providing a safety net for populations in need, and he recounted stories of his own immigrant parents and how one unfortunate financial or medical event would have been catastrophic.

Soohyun "Julie Koo," the former Director of the DC Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, spoke about some of her past work, which involved helping disadvantaged Asian immigrants who were unfamiliar with a variety of procedures and services that are beneficial and even integral to surviving in the United States. Ms. Koo spoke in Korean to the audience and talked about her transition from working in the private sector as a translator/interpreter in Korea and China to a life of helping others via public service in the United States.

We would like to thank Ms. Koo and Mr. Kim for traveling to NYC and speaking at our seminar, and we would also like to thank those who came out on a very chilly night to attend the seminar.

John Kim RCKC Seminar Wide Shot

John Kim Soohyun Koo RCKC Seminar Group Shot


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