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Korean American Heritage Program and Exhibit

Korean American Heritage Program and Exhibit

Korean American Heritage Program and Exhibit

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies presents an exhibit about Korean American history and heritage. The Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies at UC Riverside is dedicated to understanding what it means to be a Korean American in the 21st century, the history of Korean Americans, the Korean diaspora in the United States and globally, the role of Korean Americans in the reunification of South and North Korea, and the impact of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots on the Korean American identity. Through cultural and academic study, the center aims to empower the Korean American community and bridge ethnic and generational gaps.

Roughly 1.7 million Korean Americans live in the United States, making it the second largest Korean diaspora community after the People’s Republic of China. Korean immigration opened to the United States in 1903, when Koreans travelled as contract laborers to Hawaii to work on sugar plantations. Since that time, communities have grown and expanded with further immigration and integration. Koreans have settled throughout the United States and occupy a variety of professions and social classes. Various events have deeply marked the Korean American experience, from Japan’s colonization of the peninsula and the diaspora community’s fight for independence, the Korean War, and the L.A. Riots, which recently marked its twenty-second anniversary at the end of April. This exhibit highlights one famous Korean American from California, Colonel Young Oak Kim, a second generation Korean who served in World War II and the Korean War. The exhibit also highlights Riverside’s pioneer Korean community in the early 1900s and the site where they lived along Commerce Street known as Pachappa Camp, founded by Korean hero Dosan Ahn Chang Ho. Along with cultural objects, it provides an introduction to local history and contemporary trends in Korean American culture visible in California today.

Please join us for a program celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month:

Rivera Library, Lobby

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

3-4:30pm


Exhibition prepared by:

Hannah Brown, UCR History Graduate Student

Marie Estrada, UCR Religious Studies Undergraduate Student

For additional events celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, please see the UCR Today article.



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