The Year of Korea has the following overarching goals:
- To offer campus-wide activities on global topics as well as topics focused on Korea. These activities include, but are not limited to: academic lectures, music events, art exhibitions, cultural festivals, sports events, food tastings, and student-led initiatives.
- To provide faculty members with a platform to present their academic work and create connections with other faculty, staff members, and students who share the same interests.
- To promote Queens College as an institution that supports diversity and seeks to engage not only with its members, but with the community in general.
- To support Queens College’s extraordinary cultural diversity by honoring our students’ backgrounds.
- To contribute to existing partnerships with local entities (museums, historical societies, non-profit institutions, consulates, community groups, etc.) with expertise in the featured country.
- To develop new connections and strengthen existing ones with other universities, colleges, and non-profit institutions in the featured country.
Korea as the Area of Focus in the 2016-2017 Academic Year:
From being one of the poorest countries in the world, South Korea has emerged as one of the major economic powers in the world. South Korea ranks 11th in GDP in 2016. Seoul was the capital of the Choseon Dynasty with a history of more than 500 years (1392-1910) and is now the capital of the Republic of Korea (1948-present). The city is the commercial, educational, political and cultural center of Korea.
There is a thriving Korean community in the New York-New Jersey area with about 250,000 Korean Americans. The Korean American group is the third largest Asian group, next to Chinese and Asian Indians, in the area. Korean immigrants in the area have established the largest Korean enclave in Flushing where Queens College is located. It is an honor for the Year of Korea program to highlight the global Korean and the local Korean communities, engaging with the culture and customs and featuring work by Queens College students and faculty.
The Year of Korea has received an extensive array of program proposals. Just like in past years, our college faculty and administrators are invested in making the Year of Korea a memorable one! This year’s programs will include content rich lectures, music and literature, performance and film series, sports, Korean adoptee experiences, political issues of unification, history, refugee testimonies, food tastings and folkloric festivals!
This Year’s program proposals and generous Queens College support has even inspired other institutions and organizations to join our efforts. The Korean Cultural Center of NY (KCC) has offered to contribute by co-organizing and funding two major programs on campus as well as widely publicizing all of our Year of Korea programs at QC. The first event consists of a music performance at LeFrak Concert Hall by The New York Classical Players (NYCP). The second event is a Dulsori performance, a Korean percussion ensemble, also to be held at LeFrak Concert Hall.
Equally exciting is the sponsorship we have received from the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS). The AKS is a Korean government-funded program coordinated by the Korean Ministry of Education, which has awarded $9,000 to our Year of Korea committee member, Prof. Seongyeon Ko.
We have also partnered with the Flushing Town Hall. The Year of Korea will support their marketing and community engagement as they prepare to present a series of Korean performances. This will be a valuable opportunity for us to further present Queens College to the Flushing community as an institution that welcomes and celebrates diversity. Moreover, the Flushing Town Hall has generously offered to publicize all of our programs through their communication channels.
1 The Korean Cultural Center New York (KCC) is a government institution formed with the objective of supporting Korea and U.S. relationship, and promoting information on Korean culture and aesthetics in New York. http://www.koreanculture.org/?mid=overviewE
2 Since its establishment in 1978, the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) has made conspicuous achievements in the field of Korean Studies by conducting in-depth research and education on Korean culture. http://intl.aks.ac.kr/english/portal.php