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YOK Center Activities

2020

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Petition for Inclusion of Korean American Studies in CA's Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum

September 2020

The YOK Center and its advocates are petitioning the California Department of Education to include Korean American Studies in its Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum for K-12 education. Korean Americans are an integral part of California and American history. From the establishment of the first organized Korean American settlement in Riverside, CA in 1905 to the 1992 LA Civil Unrest, the Korean American community has long been part of U.S. history. To exclude the voice and identity of Korean Americans in the discourse on Ethnic Studies is to marginalize them. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PETITION LETTER to include Korean American studies in California's Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum. Feel free to modify your letter and sign and send to ethnicstudies@cde.ca.gov.

I, US,THEM - BKAA Panel Event

July 2020

Professor Chang joined the Berkely Korean American Alumni Association's digital panel, "I, Us, Them," on July 23, 2020. The panel aimed to closely re-examine the black experience in America and how Korean Americans contribute to the American social fabric. Check out information about the event here.

Race amidst COVID-19 Webinar

May 2020

The YOK Center and the Department of Ethnic Studies cosponsored the webinar "Race amidst COVID-19" on May 28,2020. We had over 200 participants attend and are thankful to our guest speakers for addressing the misrepresentation of people of color during the COVID-19 crisis. Guest speakers included scholars Edward Chang, Alfonso Gonzales, Angie Chung, and Gerlad Clarke. Click here to view the webinar.

UCR Campus Closed - YOK Center Staff Works from Home

April -Fall 2020

The UCR Campus officially announced its closure in late March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Campus will remained closed until June 19, 2020 but YOK Center staff continues to work remotely from home. If you have any questions, please contact researcher Carol Park at carol.park@ucr.edu or the Center's founding director, Edward Chang, at edward.chang@ucr.edu.

For updates about UCR's closure, check out the latest information here.

2019

The YOK Center Participates in Young Oak Kim Academy's Annual Quiz Bowl

November 2019

The YOK Center participated in Young Oak Kim Academy's annual Quiz Bowl on November 7, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA. The YOK Quiz Bowl is a competition held for students to test their knowledge about the story of Colonel Young Oak Kim in the book Unsung Hero, written by Woo Sung Han and translated by Dr. Edward Chang.

Professor Chang is Awarded the Order of Civil Merit by the Republic of Korea

October 2019

Professor Edward Chang was awarded the Order of Civil Merit by the Republic of Korea on October 16, 2019. The award is the fourth-highest medal given by the Korean government and it recognizes its recpients' lifelong contributions to promoting U.S. - Korea relations and raising the profile of the Korean American community.

(Left: Pictures of Professor Chang's certificate and Order of Civil Merit medal.)

The YOK Center Publishes Korean Americans: A Concise History by Edward T. Chang and Carol K. Park

May 2019

Korean Americans: A Concise History tells the untold stories of the pioneering immigrants, the newly discovered tale of the first Koreatown USA, and about the first Korean aviator. The textbook conveys the Korean American experience by highlighting important moments, people, and incidents that defines this small community. The book takes readers on a journey starting with the beginning of Korean immigration to the United States, to present day issues, trends, and identity.


Angie Chung's Saving Face: The Emotional Costs of the Asian Immigrant Family Myth

April 2019

Angie Chung, a professor of sociology at the Univeristy At Albany, is having a talk on April 23 from 12:40 to 2:00pm at Spieth Hall at UC Riverside. The event is sponsored by the Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies and co-sponsored by Sociology and Ethnic Studies Department.

116th Anniversary of Korean Immigration and 100th Memorial Celebration of Colonel Young Oak Kim

January 2019

The Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies at the University of California, Riverside attended the 116th Anniversary of Korean Immigration to the U.S.A. and the Centennial Memorial Celebration of Colonel Young Oak Kim at the Garden Suite Hotel in Los Angeles on January 26, 2019.

2018

Footsteps of Korean Americans aired on KBS America

December 2018

The Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies' short documentary film Footsteps of Korean Americans will be aired on KBS America channel 44/44.1 on December 22nd, 2018 at 9:30 pm. For COX, it is channel 4731 and for Spectrum, it is channel 1475)

YOK Center Premiers Footsteps of Korean Americans

November 2018

The Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies at the University of California, Riverside had a premier event screening Footsteps of Korean Americans, a documentary co-written and produced by Professor Edward T. Chang and Carol K. Park. The documentary screening took place at CHASS INTS 1113 on November 28, 2018 from 10:00am to 11:30am.

Professor Chang Publishes Pachappa Camp: America's First Koreatown

October 2018

Professor Edward T. Chang published this Pachappa Camp: America's First Koreatown in Korean in October, 2018. The book explores the stories of Korean American immigrant families at Pachappa Camp, the exile of Dosan during 1924 and 1926, Korean churches and schools, and ect. Overall, this book tells the readers stories about Dosan Ahn Chang Ho's arrival at Riverside after moving from San Francisco after 1904.


YOK Center Gives a UC Riverside Campus Tour to YOK Academy Students

May 2018

The Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies at the University of California, Riverside hosted its annual UCR campus tour for Young Oak Kim Academy students. They were the students who participated in the YOK Quiz Bowl in April. After the campus tour, the YOK Center provided a buffet-style lunch to the middle school students.

2017

YOK Center, UCR Publishes Second Book: Memoir of a Cashier: Korean Americans, Racism, & Riots by Carol K. Park

February 2017

The Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies at the University of California, Riverside is proud to announce its second publication: Memoir of a Cashier: Korean Americans Racism, & Riots by Carol K. Park. The book will be available for purchase after Feb. 21, 2017 and on BarnesandNoble.com and Amazon.com in late March. Click here for the FULL STORY

2016

Director/Prof. Chang Translates Lonesome Journey
by K.W. Lee into Korean.

May 2016

Director/Prof. Chang translated the Lonesome Journey stories by K.W. Lee into Korean. The book was published by Korean University Press in June 2016.

YOK Center Hosts Middle School Students at UCR

MAY 2016

The YOK Center hosted its annual UCR tour for middle school students from the Young Oak Kim Academy in Los Angeles. Stuents who participated in the YOKA Quiz Bowl in April were treated to a tour and lunch at UC Riverside.

2015

YOK Center for Korean American Studies Celebrates 5th Anniversary. Event honors key supporters Myung Ki Hong and Jay Kim.

NOVEMBER 2015

Over 250 friends and supporters of UC Riverside's Young Oak Kim Center in Koreatown to celebrate the Center's five-year anniversary. Prof. Chang said, "We have accomplished much in a short time, and we look forward to continuing our efforts to make this the preeminent center for Korean American studies in the nation." FULL STORY - PHOTOS

Director/Professor Edward T. Chang Co-Authors and Publishes Book with Woo Sung Han.

Korean American Pioneer Aviators: Willows Airmen. Lexington Books. 2015.

MAY 2015

Prof. Chang co-authors Korean American Pioneer Aviators: Willows Airmen with Woo Sung Han. The book was published in May 2015, discussing the first Korean American pilots, their struggle, and their legacy. The book was published by Lexington Press. PURCHASE BOOK

Korean Consul General Lecture, UCR Feb. 5, 2015
YOK Center lecture series includes visual artist discussing "comfort women" public art project.

FEBRUARY 2015

A lecture by Korean Consul General Hyun-myung Kim on Thursday, Feb. 5, leading a series of events presented in February by the Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies at the University of California, Riverside. FULL STORY

2014

YOK Academy students at UCR

YOK Center at UCR Offers Lectures, Historical Display in May

MAY 2014

The YOK Center at UC Riverside offered a series of lectures and events to celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage month in May. Events included lectures by the godfather of Asian American journalism, K.W. Lee and more. The events also included an exhibit on Col. Young Oak Kim and the first Korean American settlement on the U.S. mainland, Pachappa Camp.

Ralph Ahn, son of Dosan Ahn Chang Ho gave a short speech during the May 21, 2014 Grand Opening of the UCR Korean American Heritiage Exhibit at the UCR Tomas Rivera Library.

FULL STORY

YOK Academy students at UCR

YOK Center at UCR Signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Overseas Koreans Foundation

MARCH 2014

A lecture by Korean Consul General Hyun-myung Kim on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 leads a series of events presented in February by the YOK Center for Korean Ameriacn Studies at UC Riverside. Kim's lecture, a roundtable discussion about Korean Americans and oral history, and a presentation by a visual artist about "comfort women" - all part of the ongoing YOK Center, UCR Korean American Lecture Series - are free and open to the public. FULL STORY

2013

YOK Center Signs Memorandum of Understandings with Three Korean Universities

DECEMBER 2013

The Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with Korea University, Chungnam National University, and Chuncheon National University of Education. The MOUs serve as a an academic agreement between the YOK Center and the universities to assist, help, and guide each other in projects and studies that help raise the profile of the Korean and Korean American communities.

YOK Academy students at UCR

YOK Center Book Signing Event: "1920 Opening the Sky of Korea" by Edward T. Chang & Woo Sung Han at the YOK Academy in Los Angeles November 21, 2013 at 6 PM.

NOVEMBER 21, 2013

The "1920 Opening the Sky of Korea" was published in Korean in October 2013. The book will be available for purchase and for signing by authors Edward T. Chang and Woo Sung Han during an event on November 21, 2013 at the YOK Academy in Los Angeles. The event will feature an introduction by the authors and refreshments. For more information contact Carol Park at Carol.Park@ucr.edu.

The Young Oak Kim Center will present the 2010 documentary film “The Woman, The Orphan, and The Tiger” on May 6

Young Oak Kim Center Plans Spring Events

SPRING 2013

The Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies at UC Riverside presented a series of events that began April 24, 2013 and included a lecture on religion in Korean-American history, a documentary screening about women of the Korean Diaspora and hosted the annual YOK Quiz Bowl for middle-school children at the YOK Academy in Los Angeles.
The Center also hosted the YOK Academy in Los Angeles at the UCR campus for a day. About 50 students toured the UCR campus on May 30, 2013 and were treated to lunch at one of the school's dormitory cafeterias.FULL STORY

YOK Academy students at UCR Students from the YOK Academy in LA visit the YOK Center
MAY 30, 2013

The top 50 students who won the YOK Academy Quiz Show in April 2013 got the chance to visit the YOK Center at UCR. About 50 students, parents, and teachers visited the YOK Center and the UCR campus on May 30, 2013. They were treated to a tour of the campus, the Center, and lunch.

Read more about the event in the Press Enterprise article published on the event in early June here ---> FULL STORY

2012
The YOK Center and a Consortium of Schools and Organizations Successfully Hosted: Hope Out of Crisis: Lessons from Sa-I-Gu on April 28, 2012 Confronting Sa-I-Gu: Twenty Years After Koreatown Burned
APRIL 28, 2012

The YOK Center and a consortium of schools and organizations successfully hosted Hope Out of Crisis: Lessons from Sa-I-Gu on April 28, 2012. About 200 people attended, participated and volunteered for the event which was held at the Garden Suite Hotel in Koreatown, Los Angeles. Speakers included Angela Oh, Emile Mack, Rev. Eric P. Lee, Connie Kang, Do Kim, Martha Arevalo, Victor Viesca and so many more.

Angela Oh was the first speakers at the event. Premiere of the YOK Center Documentary: The LA Riots
APRIL 25, 2012

Premiere of the YOK Center Documentary: The LA Riots: Reflections on Our Future at the "Riots, Uprising and Unfinished Business" student symposium at UC Riverside.
Angela Oh spoke at this event and students discussed the future of ethnic relations in Los Angeles and the United States. FULL STORY

YOK Academy, Los Angeles YOK Academy Quiz Show
APRIL 19, 2012

Young Oak Academy, Los Angeles
The Young Oak Academy in LA hosts a Quiz Show based on Young Oak Kim's book: Unsung Hero. About 500 students, parents, and teachers participated in the show.

1st Place Winner: Jorge Santiago
2nd Place Winner: Ivan Portillo
3rd Place: Christopher Ramos

FULL STORY

A woman at a Soviet collective farm in Kazakhstan, 1946. © Koryo Saram The Unreliable People Documentary Film On Korean Diaspora in Kazakhstan
MARCH 5, 2012

A documentary film about the Korean diaspora in Kazakhstan screened at UC Riverside on March 5. Director Y. David Chung will answer questions at UC Riverside about his film,“Koryo Saram — The Unreliable People," and what it meant to be Korean in the Soviet Union. FULL STORY

2017

YOK Center, UCR Publishes Second Book: Memoir of a Cashier: Korean Americans, Racism, & Riots by Carol K. Park

February 2017

The Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies at the University of California, Riverside is proud to announce its second publication: Memoir of a Cashier: Korean Americans Racism, & Riots by Carol K. Park. The book will be available for purchase after Feb. 21, 2017 and on BarnesandNoble.com and Amazon.com in late March. Click here for the FULL STORY

YOK Center Premiers Footsteps of Korean Americans

November 2018

The Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies at the University of California, Riverside had a premier event screening Footsteps of Korean Americans, a documentary co-written and produced by Professor Edward T. Chang and Carol K. Park. The documentary screening took place at CHASS INTS 1113 on November 28, 2018 from 10:00am to 11:30am.