KASC would like to introduce some of the activities that 7th KASC Executive Committee is initiating. Although ECs are spread out over the country, each of them put ISC and KASC missions into practice in their communities.
Jongwoon Han attended the 24th American Model UN Conferences held in Chicago, Illinois from November 23 to 26 for students, young professionals and faculty from the corner of the world. Jongwoon said it was “An opportunity to learn, grow, and prosper just like 7th KASC theme at the AMUN Conference!”
Jongwoon at the 24th American Model UN Conference in Chicago
Nae Won, the Chair of the 7th KASC, was honored to be an organizer and a speaker of the largest cultural showcase held at the Memorial Hall in University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on November 9. This year’s theme was “Flight,” because the purpose of the show was to inspire the audience to soar through barriers of life to achieve their goals, whether if it is stage fright or stereotypes. It also stood for the action of taking a journey into Asia and seeing the beauty of the different Asian cultures through creative performances.
She, as one of the executive board for UNC’s Asian Student Association, planned and conducted the cultural showcase including an introductory speech, Korea Fan Dance Fairies and a parade of flags so as to share different cultures, in line with KASC’s ultimate goals.
From left to right: Nae speaking on stage, Nae with friends, Korea Traditional Dance, Flag Parade
JASCers Kei Koizumi, JASC 42 & 43 (1990 & 1991) and Micah Green, JASC 41 & 42 (1989 & 1990) reunite at the event.
On November 21, 2013, International Student Conferences (ISC) held the Thanks For Giving Fundraiser in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. The event was well attended by alumni of JASC and KASC and supporters of both programs. One of the highlights of the evening was a Japanese sake and Korean makkoli tasting provided by Michael J. Simpkin of MJS Sake Selections.
Sake Sommelier Michael J. Simkin explains the origin and taste of the sake and makkoli selection.
Jazz music was also provided throughout the evening by Superior Cling. More about the band is available at https://www.facebook.com/SuperiorCling.
Addresses were given by Kristy Holch, JASC 38 (1986) and Chairman of the ISC Board of Directors, Yuuki Shinomiya, ISC Executive Director, Anna Zeng, JASC 66 (2014) AEC Chair, Nae Won, KASC 7 (2014) KEC Chair, and Minister Ohtaka of the Japanese Embassy in Washington.
Kristy Holch, JASC 38 (1986) and Chairman of the ISC Board of Directors, addresses the audience.
Minister Ohtaka gives a toast to JASC and KASC.
More pictures from the event are available on the JASC Flickr page. ISC hopes to host many more events in 2014 to commemorate the 80th anniversary of JASC and the establishment of an ISC presence in Korea.
Left to right: Seongmin Lee speaks to the audience; Sarah Henriet, KASC Program Manager and Seongmin Lee after the event
On November 19, the Council of Korean Americans(CKA), Liberty in North Korea(LiNK) and the Sejong Society of Washington DC co-sponsored North Korea’s Changing Society, an event featuring 5th KASCer Seongmin Lee. This event started with welcome remarks from Sam Yoon, President of CKA, and then a discussion between Sokeel Park from Liberty in North Korea(LiNK) and the special guest, Seongmin Lee. Seongmin, an alumnus of KASC 5, shared his knowledge on current North Korea based on his own experiences.
Seongmin used to live on a border town between North Korea and China. At age 12, he traveled back and forth between North Korea and China without permission from the government. Although he was caught while crossing the river many times, he did not stop doing “business” and smuggling goods from and to North Korea. His interaction with people in China opened his eyes to the “outside” world and quickly made him realize that the government had been lying to all North Koreans. Additionally, he never understood why North Korea was so dark in contrast to very bright China. In 2009, he defected North Korea and joined his sister who had defected earlier than him. When he first arrived in South Korea, he had a hard time adapting to Seoul’s modern life style and high-tech tools to which he didn’t have any access in North Korea. He was very shocked by the drastic societal differences as everything was completely new to him.
Seongmin also told the audience that North Korea is not the same as 20 years ago. It’s changing rapidly and North Koreans have questions about the government system mainly due to increased amount of South Korean and Chinese media in the country. Even though North Koreans’ loyalty to the government system is decreasing gradually, Seongmin pointed out that Koreans should make efforts to overcome the following 3 main challenges to reunite South and North Korea: Economy, Technology, and Education.
Seongmin is a university student at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Korea majoring in Chinese linguistics. He is currently working on Hanvoice Pioneers Project from Hanvoice Support Association in Canada. That day, KASC Program Manager Sarah Henriet and Seongmin had a small reunion in Washington, D.C. which reminded him of his unforgettable experience KASC 5. On behalf of the entire KASC family, ISC commends Seongmin for his courage and passion in working towards peace for the Korean peninsula.
The Fall 2013 edition of the JASC Journal is now available online. You can view the journal by clicking here. This addition includes a profile of Rachel Horton, a JASC 63 & 64 (2011 & 2012) alumna who is now working for Japan’s Permanent Mission to the UN, a recap of JASC 65, an invitation to ISC’s Washington, D.C. fundraiser, a call for applicants to JASC 66, and your JASCer notes.
Enjoy the Fall 2013 edition of the JASC Journal!
KASC has just released a promotional booklet showcasing highlights from the recently concluded 6th KASC. You will find pictures from the conference sites (Pohang, Seoul, Incheon, Daejeon, and Jeju), KASC alumni testimonials, as well as a brief overview of the 2014 7th KASC. Take a look at the memorable moments that 6th KASCers made this past summer, and help ISC spread the word about our wonderful programs!
Please click below to view the entire booklet:
The Roundtables for the 66th JASC are as follows:
Art and Identity
Environmental Initiatives For a Sustainable Future
Immigration in the Modern Era
Modern Consequences of Historical Education
Morality and Justice
Technological Advancements and Society
Smart Power in U.S. – Japan Relations
The chosen roundtables cover a wide range of topics that are relevant to both Japan and the United States. Each summer, delegates from both Japan and America come together to explore global issues, share perspectives, and to work together to propose solutions to challenging real-world problems discussed throughout the conference. Interested students should click below to learn more about JASC in 2014.
KASC 6 alumnus, Jahun Gu, has shared his high-quality pictures of the 6th KASC on Flickr. Jahun took a number of KASCers’ pictures and put them in each event folders.
Click the picture above to see his beautiful photography!
The KASC 7 Executive Committee
The Roundtables and Sites for the 7th KASC are now available on the KASC website!
In 2014, KASC will return to the Republic of Korea, visiting Gangwon-do, Seoul, Busan, and Jeju Island. The roundtables for the conference follow:
Business and Society: Restructuring Our Economies for Modern Times
Communication and Culture: An Emerging Multicultural Media
Politics and Security: The Past, Present and New Direction for the ROK-U.S. Alliance
Global Human Rights: Responsibility in Finding the Solutions to A Fair Society
Education: Problems of Current Education System and A New Model for Both
Interested students are encouraged to browse the site and ask questions through http://iscdc.org/kasc/contact/. The application will be available online soon.
Roundtables have been selected, sites have been determined and the JASC 66 application is now available online!
Interested students are encouraged to browse the site for more information and, when ready, to start their application by first reading the information for applicants page.
Friends of JASC and alumni are encouraged to spread the word about the conference and help recruit as many delegates as possible. 2014 marks 80 years since JASC’s first conference and we hope to have a stellar group of students for this historical meeting of the conference.
Questions can be directed to email@example.com.
From October 11-13th, 2013, the JASC 66 American Executive Committee (AEC) was in Washington, DC to plan the 2014 meeting of the conference. In a little over 48 hours, the AEC made progress on selecting sites, finalizing roundtables, and planning their recruitment efforts. Details about the 2014 conference will be released very shortly on www.iscdc.org/jasc/2014/ and the application should be available in early November at the latest.
The bios of the AEC members are available at www.iscdc.org/2014/executive-committee/.