Nov
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Prof Min and Jongsuk Sung Pic Nov 24 2015

On November 24, 2015, there was a small ceremony to acknowledge the donation of JoongAng Ilbo newspapers from 1986 to 2000 to RCKC. Jongsuk Sung, the former editor-in-chief of JoongAng Ilbo from 1985 to 2004, was kind enough to donate over ten years of archives of the daily newspaper. These issues are a nice addition to RCKC's large archive of books, academic journals, and newspapers focusing on Korean Americans that are housed within our center's mini-library. A few years ago, we received issues of The Korea Times from 1977 to 1988. Since most Korean-language newspapers' online archives start at 2001, there was a twelve-year gap between 1988 and 2000 prior to receiving these papers from Ms. Sung. The 1986-2000 issues of the JoongAng Ilbo will bridge this gap nicely, and along with the old issues of The Korea Times, they are important historical documents for the Korean community.

The ceremony was attended by a current reporter from the JoongAng Ilbo, Pyong Gap Min (Director of RCKC), Jane Cho (Director of Administration, Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College), Jae Gi Kim (RCKC Visiting Scholar from Korea), Yongshin Cho (Queens College Visiting Scholar/Artist from Korea), some students from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, and staff members of RCKC.

We would like to thank Ms. Sung for her wonderful gift, and we will put the newspapers to good use in our current and future research.