American Orientation for the 66th JASC begins TOMORROW!

Another JASC is about to begin, and the American Executive Committee is already in Grinnell, IA (outside of Iowa’s capital Des Moines) preparing for the American delegates to arrive!

The AEC is has spent the last two days finalizing Conference logistics and planning. They took a tour of Grinnell College’s campus, appreciating the architecture and environmentally friendly buildings. Grinnell College, a private liberal arts school, has many notable alumni including legendary jazz artist Herbie Hancock, Nobel Prize winner Thomas Cech, principal architect of the President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal Harry Hopkins, and many more.

Please visit JASC’s Facebook and Flickr pages to check out pictures!!



JASC Summer 2014 Newsletter

The Summer 2014 edition of the JASC Journal is now available online. You can view the journal by clicking here. This edition includes latest updates about JASC 66, Alice and Sharon, JASC 65 Alumnas who are launching the 1st Taiwan-America Student Conference, greetings from the JASC Alumni Association, a message from the executive director, and your JASCer notes.

Please enjoy the Summer 2014 edition of the JASC Journal!


JASC Hosts Alumni & Supporter Reception with Glen S. Fukushima in Los Angeles

On July 22, Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) hosted a reception to celebrate the 80th anniversary with alumni, friends and supporters in Los Angeles area.  ISC Vice Chairman of the Board, Glen S. Fukushima (JASC 1970 & 71) shared his experiences at JASC, his distinguished government and business career in the U.S. and Japan. Also attended was Phil Wolfstein (JASC 1972), Will Knox (JASC  1973), Ron Ohata (JASC 1974), Shelene Atanacio (JASC 1996), and Jetting Chen (JASC 2004). The reception was also attended by several leaders from the local US-Japan community,  including California State Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi and Mr. Masahiro Suga, Acting Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles. The event was co-hosted by Japan-America Society of Southern California.


Want to reconnect with JASC and meet the current students? Attend the 80th Anniversary Weekend in San Francisco! More information and RSVP at

Or contact Yuuki Shinomiya at

Chang Young Shin

Chang Young Shin, one of the 7th KASC Korean delegates, was featured by his school press, Sogang News Weekly. He is the first delegate to participate in KASC from Sogang University and he wanted to let other Sogang students know about this great program so that they too could be future KASCers. In the article, he briefly introduces KASC and why he decided to join the 7th Conference. Influenced by his father who has been working in the ministry of foreign affairs, his interest in international relations encouraged him to join the conference. As he is majoring in business administration, he is participating in the business and society roundtable discussion to combine his interests in both fields. As a proud KASCer and Sogang student, he hopes to become a CEO to promote international exchange and create an archive to share with alumni. The full article in Korean is available at by searching KASC.


Reflecting on the Leadership Workshop from the 2nd Youth Career Forum

“Dream high, but be realistic; you can always change your direction,” said Ms. Inhye Kim, who opened the “Leadership in Different Stages” workshop at the 2nd KASC Youth Career Forum. Ms. Kim, along with Mr. Joon Ko and Mr. Kiwook Kim from leadership consulting firm Russell Reynolds Associates, presented a workshop that explored the skill sets needed as one moves up the career ladder in an increasingly global environment.

Mr. Ko followed Ms. Kim by giving a brief discussion of Russell Reynolds Associates, discussing the four levels of one’s career—workforce (from now to 5 years of experience), manager (6 to 10 years), director (12 to 16 years), and executive (20+ years)—and how the missions and key success factors change as one gains more working experience.

As the audience was comprised primarily of undergraduate students, the panelists knew how to give practical advice. “When you choose your first career, you must consider several factors: will I gain valuable experience? Will I be given opportunities to improve my skill set and confidence? Will I be challenged?”

Mr. Ko followed with his take on leadership components, with a particular focus on leadership competency: result orientation, collaboration and influence, people management, commercial acumen, and strategic perspective. Having the perspective of a headhunter and someone who has had years of interviewing experience was very valuable. “I believe this workshop was useful,” said KASC American Delegate Tiffany Xiong. “The panelists were realistic and honest. They kept reminding us that we had time to develop our own skills because we are young and still have a lot to learn.”

The workshop flowed into the final portion—the Q&A—as I asked the panelists how and where one learns to manage people. Other audience members had additional questions as well regarding recruitment, job interviews, personalities of great leaders, and women in leadership.

Overall, although I have attended many leadership workshops prior to the Youth Career Forum, I found “Leadership in Different Stages” to be very informative and refreshing. It was an honest and experienced perspective on skills needed to succeed in one’s career and I enjoyed every moment of the workshop.

Special thanks to Executive Committee members, Justin Simon and Jeong-bin Lee; KASC Program Manager Minjun Chen; and sponsors, Gale International and Conexia, for a great and successful 2nd KASC Youth Career Forum.

- By Christina Bui, the 7th KASC American Delegation

The 7th KASC Opening Ceremony in Gangwon, Korea

The 7th KASC has begun! On July 4th, the opening ceremony took place in Chuncheon, Gangwon-do, one of the most beautiful cities in Korea. It was held at the 60th anniversary building at Kangwon National University and Ho Seung Shin, Dean of Kangwon National University and student representatives also attended to celebrate the beginning of a one-month journey of the 7th KASC.

“We hope that KASC becomes an opportunity for everyone’s goals. Whether, if it is seeking a new culture, building new relationships, creating professional network, strengthening academic background, whatever it may be, KASC always provides the opportunity to grow, learn and prosper, ” said Nae Won, the American Executive Committee Chair, as she announced this year’s theme “Introspection: Opportunity to Learn, Grow, and Prosper” for her opening speech. Sung Jun Kim, the Korean Executive Committee Chair, also hoped everyone would create a special connection with one other in such a diverse delegation.

The opening speech was followed by welcoming remarks from Ho Seung Shin, Dean of Kangwon National University. He was happy to announce the start of the 7th KASC in Chuncheon and added that he “believes the delegates will influence and benefit the bilateral relationship between Korea and the U.S. as the next generation leaders.”

His remarks were followed by a speech from student vice president and student council member of Kangwon National University to introduce the university’s mission and vision. The opening ceremony ended with a reception and delegates were so excited to officially start their journey. For about a week in Gangwondo, delegates will listen to lectures, visit the House of Sharing for comfort women and the DMZ to learn more about Korea. 



7th KASC American Orientation Kicks-Off at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona!

The 7th KASC American Orientation began on June 28th, 2014. The American delegates started their month-long adventure with a wonderful and meaningful orientation in Los Angeles, CA. Members of American Executive Committee finally met their group in person, and they were excited to begin American Orientation!




The new KASCers were welcomed by AEC Chair, Nae Won, and they immediately began bonding through icebreakers and a scavenger hunt on campus.






They were welcomed by ISC Board Member Spencer Kim’s home for a barbecue reception, and were addressed by Congressman Mike Honda.


American delegates attended professional events and receptions,but also had a fun pool party before departing for Korea for the month-long Conference.



ISC wishes the best for the 7th KASC, and we will keep updating latest news for #7thKASC!

ISC Joins the Global Giving Open Challenge

ISC is happy to announce that it has been nominated and accepted in Global Giving’s Open Challenge for the month of June!! Global Giving is a charity fundraising website that gives social entrepreneurs and non-profits a chance to raise funds to improve communities: they provide a transparent, simple, and tax-deductible method for donors all over the world.

In order to join, ISC must prove that it has a base of support. It must raise $5,000 from 40 unique donors this month, June 2014! Every single dollar counts- once ISC passes the Open Challenge, new donors, multiple matching donation days, as well as unique programs and benefits will be available, resulting in better funding for JASC and KASC.

Global Giving works on a project-to-project basis. ISC’s project for the Open Challenge is the 7th Korea America Student Conference (KASC). Please help ISC reach it’s goal of raising $5,000 in the month of June by donating through Global Giving at

If you’d like to double your impact, consider donating on Wednesday, June 11, 2014! This day is a matching day, where Global Giving will match donations up to 15% starting at 9am until funds run out! Check out the project, tell your friends and family, and help support KASC, JASC, and ISC!!


President Obama’s Trip to Japan and Korea echos the mission of ISC

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

President Barack Obama’s recent visits to Japan and Korea emphasize the importance of the trilateral alliance and relationship that the three countries have. Joint statements issued by President Obama and Prime Minister Abe, as well as President Obama and President Park, highlight the role of the youth in resolving past historical grievances between Korea and Japan, and in bringing the countries closer together through bridges of mutual understanding.

To this end, ISC hosted a trilateral symposium in 2013 and 2014 to bring JASC and KASC leaders together to discuss the future cooperation for the three countries. ISC is happy to play a critical part in this important dialogue and fully agrees with President Obama’s statement during a joint press conference with President Park.

“I think Prime Minister Abe recognizes, and certainly the Japanese people recognize, that the past is something that has to be recognized honestly and fairly. But I also think that it is in the interest of both Japan and the Korean people to look forward as well as backwards and to find ways in which the heartache and the pain of the past can be resolved, because, as has been said before, the interests today of the Korean and Japanese people so clearly converge. They’re both democracies. You both have thriving free markets. Both are cornerstones of a booming economic region.  Both are strong allies and friends of the United States. And so when you think about the young people of the Republic of Korea and Japan, my hope would be that we can honestly resolve some of these past tensions, but also keep our eye on the future and the possibilities of peace and prosperity for all people.” (April 25, 2014, Joint Press Conference with President Obama and President Park)

Fostering mutual understanding among American, Japanese and Korean university students as the future generation of leaders in the Asia Pacific is the mission of International Student Conferences (ISC), a non-profit organization that manages both the Korea-America Student Conference (KASC) and the Japan-America Student Conference (JASC). JASC is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year and has been recently recognized by President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Abe as an “indispensable” exchange program for developing the U.S.-Japan alliance. KASC was launched in 2008, and will be celebrating its 8th anniversary next summer. You can read more about ISC’s Trilateral Symposiums here and here.

Meet the New KASC Program Manager Minjun Chen

Hi everyone, my name is Minjun Chen, and I am the new KASC Program Manager! I’m an alumna of 3rd KASC in 2010, so I am very familiar with the program and am excited to help develop KASC in this new capacity. During 3rd KASC, I participated in the Environment Roundtable, and I had the chance to travel to American University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan and Stanford University for seminars, lectures, site visits, and cultural excursions. Not only was I exposed to more in-depth knowledge about US-Korea cooperation on green energy during the conference, but I also had the chance to learn about politics, identity, economics, and the Korean wave. I definitely credit my experience as a delegate for fostering my passion in the complex historical, political, and cultural relationship between Korea, China, and Japan, and the role that the younger generation from East Asia and the US have in bridging understanding as the future leaders of the region.

A little about me– I was born in Chaozhou, China, and moved to Gaithersburg, Maryland with my family when I was two years old. I’ve stayed on the East Coast, growing up in MD, and recently graduating from American University with a self-created B.A. in Korean Language and Area Studies, double minors in Chinese and Business Administration and a Certificate in Asian Studies. During my junior year, I studied abroad at Peking University in Beijing, China, and at Sungkyunkwan and Sogang University as a 2011-2012 Boren Scholar. I’ve very passionate about using media and youth exchange to promote East Asian reconciliation, and focused my senior capstone on the “Implications of Gangnam Style for Strengthening the Asian Diaspora Community in the United States and Promoting East Asian Reconciliation.“ In addition, I was a 2012 Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellow at Princeton University, 2013 Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) Scholar and 2013 Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Finalist. I’m also the co-editor of KoreaBANG, and co-founder of Voices of Asian America.

As Program Manager, not only will I be mentoring and guide the ECs as they put together the conference each year, but I’ll also be focusing my efforts on fundraising and creating scholarships for the delegates, promoting KASC and fostering partnerships with other organizations, as well as advocating for and continuing to develop our alumni. If you have any ideas or comments, I’d love to hear from you. You can reach me via email at, or feel free to stop by our DC office to meet and talk! I’ll also be taking a trip to Korea in May, so hope to meet some of you there as well. Cheers!