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The Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies Faculty & Staff


Edward T. Chang is Professor of Ethnic Studies and founding Director of the Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies at the University of California at Riverside. He earned his B.A. (1982) in Sociology and Ph.D. (1990) in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley and M.A. (1984) in Asian American Studies at UCLA.

A prolific researcher, Prof. Chang has published 12 books, seven edited volumes, and numerous articles. His latest book is Pachappa Camp (Lexington Press 2021). He also co-authored Korean Americans: A Concise History (2019) and Pachappa Camp: The First Koreatown in the United States (Korean language, 2018). He also published Korean translation of Lonesome Journey by Korea University Press in 2016. Chang co-authored Korean American Pioneer Aviators: The Willows Airmen and the Korean book titled 1920, Opening the Skies of Korea (2013). He also translated the Korean book Unsung Hero: The Story of Col. Young Oak Kim (2011) into English which was published by the YOK Center at UC Riverside.

He has been a visiting professor at Korea University, Hanyang University, Inha University, and Sogang University. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, Korea Daily, and the Korea Times, and his commentary has aired on PBS, CNN, History, NPR, KBS radio and Radio Korea. His publications have been translated into Korean and Japanese.

Professor Chang has studied and been a voice of the Korean community for more than 25 years. He is a leading expert on the Los Angeles Riots, race relations between Korean and African American communities, and Korean Americans. Professor Chang lectured on the topics of Korean-African American Relations and the Los Angeles civil unrest and its impact on the Korean American community at many universities around the country. Chang was quoted widely in the press on issues relating to the LA civil unrest and their aftermath. He served as a field reporter and consultant for LA is Burning: Five Reports from a Divided City, a PBS Frontline special program on the unrest.

Since then, Chang's continued research and speaking on matters relating to building peace in interethnic communities has shown that his interest in this subject goes far beyond one of crisis management and beyond the issues of one urban neighborhood. He has also continued his efforts to motivate the mainstream media to portray race relations in America as an issue that is larger and more complex than simply black and white.

Professor Chang received the "President's Award" from the President of the Republic of Korea for his efforts leading a national campaign to gain support and raise funds for the development and institutionalization of an achievement test (SAT II) on the Korean language for high school students seeking college admission in 1995.

Chang also received numerous awards including the "John Anson Ford Award" from the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission (1995), an "Education Award" from the Asian American Studies Center at UCLA (1995), the "Global Korea Award" from Michigan State University (1995), and the "Distinguished Korean American Award" from SUNY at Stony Brook. Chang is a board member of the Council of Korean Americans and Adviser of the Overseas Koreans Foundation. He also serves as “AAPI in California Advisory Committee” of the California State Historic Preservation Office.

For a full bio on Prof. Chang, please click the image of him.

Crystal Baik is an Associate Professor in the Department of Gender and Sexuality at UC Riverside. She is an expert in Korean/American cultural history, U.S. militarization, visual culture, memory studies, and decolonizaion. She recieved her BA in History and Gender Studies from Williams College, a Masters in Oral History from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in American Studies & Ethnicty from the University of Southern California (USC). Prof. Baik is also affiliated with the YOK Center, UCR. For a full bio on Prof. Baik, click the image to the left.

Carol K. Park is the author of Memoir of Cashier: Korean Americans, Racism and Riots (YOK Center, UCR 2017) and co-author of Korean Americans: A Concise History (Korea University Press 2019), and a filmmaker and researcher. Park is also a first-year graduate student in the Ethnic Studies PhD program at UCR and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts. She wrote and produced the documentary The 1992 LA Riots: Reflections on Our Future (2012) and Footsteps of Korean Americans (2018). Today, Park continues her more than decade long-work with the YOK Center and is currently a graduate student researcher. At the Center she edits books, writes and produces documentaries, works on academic papers, oversees an intern program, and conducts research projects on Korean American history and identity.

For more information about her book, click the image to the left.