International Professors

Argentina Korean Community

On January 17, 2012, two professors from other countries gave presentations at the Center’s lecture series. Carolina Mera, Professor of Anthropology and Director of Graduate Social Research Institute at Buenos Aires University, gave a lecture on “The Korean Community in Argentina.” Following her, Kyoung Ha Park, Professor of History and Director of Cultural Contents and Technology Research Center at Choong-Ang University in Korea, gave a presentation on “The Current Status and Future Prospects of Multicultural Studies in Korea.”


Award from KAAGNY

Award from KAAGNY

At a gala held on January 13, 2012, Korean American Day, The Korean American Association of Greater New York gave the Community Service Award to Pyong Gap Min, Director of the Center. He was one of four recipients of the Community Service Award. KAAGNY cited his exceptional academic achievements and community services through the Research Center as reasons for selecting him as one of the recipients of the award. In August 2011, Min also won the “Honorable Mention” (runner-up) Award in the Thomas Znaniecki Book Award competition for his book Preserving Ethnicity through Religion in America: Korean Protestants and Indian Hindus across Generations from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association.


Bibimbap World Tour Group

Bibimbap Tour

The Research Center hosted the Bibimbap World Tour group at Queens College on December 12, 2011. A group of five Korean college students traveled all over the world (mostly to well-known universities and other organizations) to publicize bibimbap, a healthy Korean dish consisting of rice, meat, and vegetables, which are mixed with gochujang, a Korean hot paste. Queens College was the group’s 99th and final stop on the tour outside of Korea. The students planned to have their 100th and last bibimbap demonstration in Seoul upon returning to Korea. Approximately 400 Queens College students and faculty/staff members attended the power point demonstration about the health benefits of bibimbap. At the conclusion of the presentation, bibimbap was served, to the delight of the attendees. Several local politicians and Queens College President James Muyskens gave congratulatory remarks to members of the tour group and the participants.


2nd Anniversary of The Center Gala


Following the conclusion of the conference, a gala was held at Kum Gang San Restaurant in Flushing on the evening of November 17, 2011 to celebrate the second conference and the second anniversary of the foundation of the Center. Approximately 200 supporters of the Center were in attendance, and Queens College President James Muyskens gave congratulatory remarks at the gala. The Center awarded Mr. Henry Kang the Contribution and Community Service Award.


Research Center's 2nd Conference


On November 17, 2011, The Research Center held its second annual conference at the Flushing Hospital Medical Center Auditorium. The 2011 conference focused on “Ethnic and Racial Identities among Younger-Generation Korean Americans.” During the all-day conference, twelve 1.5- and second-generation young Korean Americans read their personal narratives on ethnic and racial identities. Pyong Gap Min, Director of the Center, will publish these essays with revisions in an edited book.


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