Young Oak Kim Center Plans Spring Events

UC Riverside Korean-American research studies center will host lecture, documentary film and quiz show for middle-school students

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The Young Oak Kim Center will present the 2010 documentary film “The Woman, The Orphan, and The Tiger” on May 6.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies at UC Riverside will present a series of events that begin April 24 and include a lecture on religion in Korean-American history, screen a documentary about women of the Korean Diaspora and host the annual YOK Quiz Bowl for middle-school children.

The events are free and open to the public. There is a fee for parking; permits may be purchased at the kiosk  near the UCR campus entrance on West Campus Drive at University Avenue.

David Yoo

David Yoo

David K. Yoo, professor of Asian American studies and director of the Asian American Studies Center at UCLA, will discuss his book, “Contentious Spirits: Religion in Korean American History,” on April 24 from 2:10 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Interdisciplinary Building, Room 1121. The book focuses on the role of religion in Korean-American history between 1903 and 1945. Yoo has co-edited and co-authored three books dealing with Asian-American religions, including the influential anthology “New Spiritual Homes.”

The 2010 documentary film “The Woman, The Orphan, and The Tiger,” directed by Jane Jin Kaisen and Guston Sondin Kung, will screen on May 6 from 2:10 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Interdisciplinary 1128. The film, a favorite at numerous film festivals, follows a group of international adoptees and other women of the Korean Diaspora in their 20s and 30s. The filmmakers explore how trauma is passed on from previous generations to the present through a sense of being haunted and relate the stories of three generations of women: the former comfort women who were subjected to military sexual slavery by the Japanese military between World War I and II; the approximately 1 million women who have worked as sex-workers around U.S. military bases in South Korea from the 1950s to the present; and the around 200,000 children who were adopted from South Korea to the West since the 1950s.

On May 16, the 2nd Annual YOK Quiz Bowl returns at 1:45 p.m. to YOK Academy, 615 South Shatto Place, Los Angeles. The program tests the knowledge of middle-school students about Korean-American war hero Col. Young Oak Kim. Participants will have read “Unsung Hero: The Story of Col. Young O. Kim,” an English translation by YOK Center Director Edward T. Chang of the Korean title “The Beautiful Hero Young Oak Kim,” which was written by award-winning journalist  Woo Sung Han.

The YOK Center will present a $300 prize to the first-place winner of the contest, and $150, $75, $50 and $25 gift cards for second, third, fourth and fifth place, respectively. The top 50 students in the quiz show will win a trip to the YOK Center at UC Riverside.

Col. Kim is revered in Korea and by Korean Americans. A highly decorated U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War, he was the only Korean-American officer in a mostly Japanese-American unit in the Army. He earned numerous decorations from the United States, Italy, France and Korea, and became a role model in the Los Angeles community after his retirement from the military. He helped found the Go For Broke Monument in Los Angeles that honors the U.S. military service of Japanese Americans during WWII, as well as the Japanese American National Museum, the Korean Health, Education, Information and Research Center and the Korean American Museum.

The curriculum at Young Oak Kim Academy emphasizes and stimulates student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math careers.

Quiz show participants will tour the UCR campus on May 30.

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Tel: (951) 827-7847
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Additional Contacts

Carol Park, YOK Center
Tel: 951-743-7517
E-mail: carol.park@ucr.edu

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