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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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!