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Journal of Korean Adoption Studies Call for Papers

Posted on 06 August 2009 by Korean Beacon

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Journal of Korean Adoption Studies – Call for Papers


This is a call for papers for the second issue of the newly established Journal of Korean Adoption Studies. The theme of the second issue is alienation. We invite you to submit scholarly papers and creative work related to Korean adoption studies.

Journal of Korean Adoption Studies is dedicated to all aspects of int’l adoption from Korea. The peer-reviewed journal welcomes academic essays, testimonies of adoption, illustrations and reviews of new publications or releases related to Korean adoption studies.

Journal of Korean Adoption Studies is a bi-annual journal published in English and Korean by Global Overseas Adoptees’ Link (G.O.A.’L), Seoul, Korea. Editor: Kim Su Rasmussen, Ph.D. in History of Ideas, Seoul National University.

For more information, go to G.O.A.L.>

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Off the wire: Williamson Christian Adds Korean Classes

Posted on 23 June 2009 by Korean Beacon

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Williamson Christian College has announced an agreement with the Korean-American Education Committee of Greater Nashville to offer courses for Koreans in Williamson County, with some courses taught in Korean and others in English.

The students anticipate working toward a major in leadership and ministry. The college will begin these courses in August at the 200 Seaboard Lane campus in Franklin with a new course beginning each five weeks. For further information, call Diane at 615-771-7821.

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Indiana University Offers Joint Degree with a South Korean University

Posted on 06 June 2009 by Korean Beacon

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AP – Indiana University is pairing up with a South Korean university to offer a joint law and business degree.

IU’s Maurer School of Law says its degree with Sungkyunkwan (sun-KYOON’-kwahn) University is believed to be the first pairing of an American law school and an international MBA program.

Under the partnership announced Friday, students in the program earn both a juris doctor and a master of business administration in four years.

They can also pursue business and law opportunities while studying in the United States and Asia. IU says students will receive separate degrees from each school.

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Why Can’t Koreans Spell?

Posted on 28 May 2009 by Korean Beacon

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If you watched last night’s riveting spelling bee competition, you’ll notice the absence of Korean-Americans in the finals.  Damn it!  Why can’t Koreans spell?  OK, it wasn’t a complete wash out.  There was Esther Park who made it to round 5 but she got stumped with the word “barbotte,” which is a dice game according to the Internet wiki.  Unfortunately Miss Park misspelled it as “barbot.”  Oh well, maybe next year.  Thanks for representing!

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An Interactive Classroom of the Korean-American Experience

Posted on 18 May 2009 by Korean Beacon

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Do you know the history of Korean-Americans?  Do you know who the first Koreans were that immigrated to the U.S. and when they crossed the Pacific Ocean?  What law created the influx of Koreans?  Oddly, the lawmaker who opened up the door for Asians to come to America believed that there would be no influx because there was no familial connection to America.  Check out the history at Arirang Education>

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Why is the South Korean School System Better?

Posted on 18 May 2009 by Korean Beacon


From a local Florida newspaper, an interesting opinion on how to change the U.S. education system: treat good teachers like rock stars.  According to a McKinsey report (“How the World’s Best Performing Schools Come Out on Top”) that evaluated the educational systems of other countries, the report found that the answer is to focus on teacher quality.

In South Korea, for example, schools have average class sizes twice as large as the United States, 49 versus 23, but score 21 percent higher on international seventh-grade math tests.

What might help explain that unexpected result? South Korean schools draw from the top 5 percent of college graduates. American schools, by contrast, recruit their teachers, on average, from the bottom third of college students.

How do South Korean schools attract the top university students? Money. Larger class sizes frees up the resources to pay South Korean teachers much higher salaries, drawing the best and brightest into the profession. If American schools paid veteran teachers as well as South Korean schools do, teachers would average more than $116,000 in annual salary.  Read more>

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How Does the New Dartmouth President Want to Handle Race?

Posted on 04 May 2009 by Korean Beacon

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In light of recent racial tensions on college campuses, including Dartmouth and Harvard as well as Tufts, incoming Dartmouth president Dr. Jim Yong Kim told a group of about 50 students at a Harvard forum last week that he hopes to act as a “referee” and let students with different perspectives duke it out.

Every Dartmouth student should have the experience of debating classmates with opposing perspectives, said Kim, a Harvard medical school professor and the first Asian-American president of an Ivy League school. Only with honest, spirited debate and conversation can true understanding occur, he said during the event sponsored by The Harvard Foundation.

“I want every Dartmouth graduate to know their own views and be able to defend it to anyone,” Kim said. “And not hide behind name-calling.”

While he said students should take advantage of their time in college to interact with and learn from classmates from different backgrounds, minority students should not have to shoulder the burden of constant engagement in such discussions, which are often uncomfortable.

“African-Americans are not on campus to be the condiments in the lives of white students,” Kim said. “We are not here as students of color to enhance the lives of the ‘real’ students.”

This article is from the Boston.com

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Learn Korean on YouTube

Posted on 27 April 2009 by Korean Beacon

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Are you a second generation Korean-American who would probably be in KSL (Korean as a Second Language)?  Or are you someone who just wants to get kick started on the Korean language?  Living in today’s digital world, there’s a handful of resources that are available online, whether you’re a visual or auditory type of learner.  A good place to start is YouTube where you can learn from actual Korean lesson videos or you can just watch some Korean dramas.  My older friends have learned Korean by watching Korean dramas.  Check out these links to get a good idea of what’s out there.  These are a sample of YouTube links but not a comprehensive list.  Go check’em out.

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Jisung Park selected as Rhodes Scholar

Posted on 24 April 2009 by Korean Beacon

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jisungpark2As one of 32 students nationwide to be named a Rhodes Scholar, Jisung Park will begin his fully-funded studies at Oxford next fall as he pursues a masters degree in nature, society and environmental policy. The Rhodes Scholarship, which is the oldest international fellowship, boasts a history of a producing highly influential scholars, journalists, and civil servants including Bill Clinton, Nicholas Kristof, George Stephanopoulos, and Richard Hasss.  Jisung Park is a member of the 2009 graduating class at Columbia College double-majoring in economics and political science.

To learn more about Jisung Park, visit www.columbia.edu/cu/news/oncampus/08/11/park.html

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Really? Fewer Asians to be Accepted into the UC Schools?

Posted on 24 April 2009 by Korean Beacon

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In one of those “you gotta be kidding me” moments, the University of California school system has taken the lead in 2009 for that award. If you’ve never visited California or stepped onto the Irvine or UCLA campuses, you wouldn’t know that the student population of the UC school system is 40% Asian.  However, a new change in the admission policies of the UC schools may potentially reduce the number of Asians accepted and widen the pool for African-American, Hispanics and Caucasians. I get the African-Americans and the Hispanics and I’m very supportive of them, but for Caucasians?

From MSNBC.com: They point to a UC projection that said the new standards would sharply reduce Asian-American admissions while resulting in little change for blacks and Hispanics, and a big gain for white students.

“I like to call it affirmative action for whites,” said Ling-chi Wang, a retired professor at UC Berkeley. “I think it’s extremely unfair to Asian-Americans on the one hand and underrepresented minorities on the other.”

When people create such policies, they should do a simple litmus test.  Replace “Asian” with another enthicity or race and if it passes the test, then it may not be discriminatory.

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