Arrival of Professor Jaigi Kim, RCKC's Third Visiting Scholar for 2015


We are pleased to announce the arrival of our third visiting scholar for 2015. Jaigi Kim, Professor of Political Science and Foreign Relations at Chonnam National University in Gwangju, South Korea, arrived in New York two weeks ago. He will conduct his sabbatical research in the area for one year. Professor Kim has done research on Korean diasporic communities in the U.S., Japan, China, and CIS (former Soviet) nations. The Research Center for Korean Community's other two visiting scholars in 2015 are Dr. Heejin Lim (who arrived in February) and Professor Yill-Youn Park (who arrived in May and recently returned to Korea).

During his stay at The Research Center for Korean Community at Queens College, Professor Kim will examine areas in which the Korean government can provide more support to Korean ethnic organizations in the NY-NJ area. Additionally, he will examine the role of Korean grassroots organizations in lobbying state legislatures and city councils on the east coast of the U.S. to pass resolutions to rename "The Sea of Japan" to "The East Sea" on world maps. In April 2014, the state of Virginia passed a law that required all textbooks approved by the Board of Education to make sure that the body of water was referred to as "The East Sea." Professor Kim will conduct research in northern Virginia to see how Korean immigrants in the area succeeded in helping to get the resolution passed.

Professor Jaigi Kim received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Chonnam National University, and he has been a professor there since 2008.


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