Great news for all you Asian American studies scholars out there. The University of California, Riverside, is launching aÂ Â 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 ofÂ Â first of its kind at a major research university. That’s no knock on California State University, Los Angeles, which has the long-establishedÂ Â Center for Korean American and Korean Studies.
The UC Riverside center is being named forÂ Â 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.
This post Â is also on Hyphen magazine’s blog.