East to America: Korea-American Life Stories by Eui-Young Yu and Elaine Kim

east to americaFROM PUBLISHERS WEEKLY. "During the 1992 Los Angeles riots, Koreatown was the target of burning and looting by many blacks whose resentment exploded against Korean shopkeepers; blacks charged that the Koreans exploited them, treated them badly and flaunted their superiority. Kim and Yu, both Korean Americans who teach at California colleges, set out to reform these images of their people in some 50 engrossing interviews with a cross section of the Korean American community. These movingly reveal a culture and history of people victimized both in their native land and in the U.S. Most were brought here as children in the 1970s after the Korean War by parents fiercely determined to make a better life; others are American-born. All display a strong sense of filial duty and respect for education, hard work and success; most feel a sense of commonality with blacks but confess that their culturally imprinted emotional reserve invites misinterpretation. While race relations are not the only focus of these interviews, they are a prominent concern...".

welcome to ckaks

Overview. The Center for Korean-American and Korean Studies (CKAKS) is dedicated to serving as a focal point of Korean American and Korean studies in the Los Angeles area. It was originally established to coordinate studies on Korean culture and tradition, to compile data on the Korean-American community and its activities, to systematically analyze and document the achievements and problems of the Korean-American community, and to develop bi-cultural curriculum materials on Koreans and Korean cultural traditions. More specifically, CKAKS' main objectives have been to promote, coordinate, and conduct research and publication activities related to Korean-American and Korean studies; to sponsor conferences, seminars, symposia and exhibits; and to serve as a cultural resource and research center for the local community. Since the Center's establishment in 1979, all these objectives have been achieved.

community involvement

la koreatownCKAKS has become a major source for the dissemination of information and research for Korean American studies, particularly in the Southern California region. Whenever major events occur that involve or impact the Korean community (such as the 1992 Los Angeles riots and the Virginia Tech Massacre), major news media (e.g., the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, CNN, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Reports, and numerous television networks) call upon CKAKS for expert analysis.

Moreover, the founder and former director, Dr. Eui-Young Yu, has been actively involved with the local community since he joined Cal State L.A. in1968. He served, for example, as the Chairman of the Koreatown Emergency Relief Committee in the aftermath of the 1992 riots and as past-Chairman of the Korean American Museum. Since March 2001, Dr. Yu has been directing the Korean American Coalition–Census Information Center, a community project involving analysis and dissemination of the data on the Korean-American population from the 2000 Census (KAC-CIC is one of 58 Census Information Centers officially designated by the U.S. Census Bureau). Based on his work for KAC-CIC, Dr. Yu has held a series of news conferences, many of which have resulted in front page and/or feature articles and major news items in Korean TV and newspapers, as well as in the Asian-American press. Tables and data on the Korean American population in the United States are available for downloading on our site.


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