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08/04/2018: Portion of US Interstate Highway Named after Korean-American Veteran
After a bill calling for the special designation passed the State Senate last month, a ceremony for the Colonel Young Oak Kim Memorial Highway signage was held at Buena Park in California. FULL STORY

1/16/2018: UCR's Center for Korean American Studies gets $370k donation

The Korean-born founder of a Riverside-based comapny, Myung Ki "Mike" Hong has donated $370,000 to UC Riverside's YOK Center for Korean American Studies. FULL STORY


LA Times News Story on the Publication of "Memoir of a Cashier: Korean Americans, Racism, and Riots"

The YOK Center at UC Riverside published "Memoir of a Cashier: Korean Americans, Racism, and Riots" by Carol K. Park in February 2017. The book is available for purchase on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. Check out this story that LA Times News did on the debut meoir by Park. FULL STORY


7/19/2016: Professor Chang Translates Korean Immigrant Oral Histories

K.W. Lee gathered more than 70 oral hsitories of Korean immigrants -along with Luke and Grace Kim -in a collection of unpublished stories known as "Lonesome Journey: The Korean American Century." Now, Professor Edward Chang, a director of the YOK Center, has translated the collection into Korean, and the book was published by Korea University Press in the Republic of Korea in May. FULL STORY


11/16/2015: YOK Center for Korean American Studies Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

More than 250 friends and supporters of UC Riverside's YOK Center gathered in Koreatown, and granted awards to Myung Ki "Mike" Hong and Jay Kim, ardent supporters of the YOK Center. FULL STORY - PHOTOS


10/26/2014: CCTV.COM English Edition: Interview: Lessons Learned from Previous Race Riots

UCR Prof. of Ethnic Studies and Director of the YOK Center Edward T. Chang discusses lessons learned from previous race riots and the Ferguson Riots. FULL STORY/VIDEO

05/2/2014: YOK Center to Offer Lectures & Library Exhibit
The Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies at the University of California, Riverside will celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in May with a series of events that highlight the Korean American culture. FULL STORY


10/02/2013: 경영경제연구소-캘리포니아대학 협약 체결
어제는 국군의 날. 당초 10월1일은 공군의 날, 10월2일은 육군의 날이고, 해군의 날은 11월11일에 따로 있었으나 1956년 하나로 통합됐다. 한국전쟁 때 우리 군이 38선을 넘어 최초로 북진한 날을 국군의 날로 정한 것이다. FULL STORY DOWNLOAD

06/13/2013: YOK Academy Los Angeles Students Visit UCR
Fifty students and parents from the Young Oak Kim Academy School in Los Angeles visited UC Riverside for a tour and lunch May 30. The students who visited the campus were the top winners of the YOK Academy Quiz Bowl. FULL STORY


12/31/2012: Rose Bowl Parade Features Pentagon Float Honoring Veterans
It's been almost 60 years since James McEachin returned home with a bullet still lodged in his chest, finding an America indifferent toward the troops who fought in Korea. Now he will get the homecoming parade he had expected. FULL STORY

06/2012: LA 폭동 20년, 미주 한인 사회 진단 - '코리안 어메리칸' 정체성 확립 계기, 한인 정치력 신장 숙제
1992년 4월 미국 로스앤젤레스에서는 대규모 방화, 약탈 사건이 벌어졌다. 폭도들이 코리아타운에 들이닥쳤지만 경찰은 수수방관했고, 결국 교민 사회 전체가 큰 피해를 당했다. FULL STORY

12/02/2012: Korean Americans Differ Over December 19 Election
Just like at home, a generational divide among Koreans residing in America has been spotted ahead of absentee voting in the tight presidential race between Park Geun-hye and Moon Jae-in, according to experts. FULL STORY


10/02/2010: Korean American Studies Center Opens at UCR
Twenty years ago, only a few scholars were studying U.S. Korean immigrants and their descendants. Then the 1992 Los Angeles riots erupted, propelling the growing community into the spotlight.

09/29/2010: Center for Korean American Studies at UC Riverside Launched
Supporters from South Korea to Southern California celebrate the grand opening of the research center named for war hero and community activist Young Oak Kim. FULL STORY

06/09/2010: Gift Will Support Korean American Studies
A generous gift from Korean-American entrepreneur Jay Kim will support the launch of a research center for Korean-American studies at the University of California, Riverside. FULL STORY

04/13/2010: UCR to Launch Center for Korean American Studies
The University of California, Riverside and the Overseas Koreans Foundation signed an agreement on Monday to establish a research center for Korean-American studies on the UCR campus. FULL STORY


10/2005: Korean American War Veteran Awarded Korea's Highest Military Honor
A veteran of two wars, retired U.S. Army Col. Young Oak Kim has received more than a dozen medals. But he doesn't display them like a proud warrior. They're all stowed in a box somewhere in his garage.