Korean American Studies Center to Open at UC Riverside

April 15, 2010

Great news for all you Asian American studies scholars out there. The University of California, Riverside, is launching a Korean American studies center with the help of a $2.7 million endowment from the Overseas Koreans Foundation.

It looks like the center is the one of first of its kind at a major research university. That's no knock on California State University, Los Angeles, which has the long-established Center for Korean American and Korean Studies.

The UC Riverside center is being named for Young-Oak Kim, an Army vet who served in World War II and Korea. I'd not heard about him but he did a lot in the Korean American and Japanese American communities after retiring from the Army as a colonel. What a great way to honor him.

(Full disclosure: I work in the communications department for the systemwide headquarters of the University of California, and I'm not promoting UC here, just an interesting news item.)


Harry Mok

Editor in chief

Editor in Chief Harry Mok wrote about growing up on a Chinese vegetable farm for the second issue of Hyphen and has been a volunteer editor since 2004. As a board member of the San Francisco and New York chapters of the Asian American Journalists Association, Harry has recruited and organized events for student members. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was also a graduate student instructor in the Asian American Studies Department.



Sounds like progress to me. Wonderful news.