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 mchen@iscdc.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!

 

KASC Alumni Recognized for Leadership and Diplomacy

ISC is happy to congratulate two of our alumni for their career and academic success.

 Alice HaeYeon Jeong (KASC 2008 & 2009) successfully passed Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs “UN Junior Professional Officer Exam” last summer. As a result, she is currently working for the UN Development Programme – UN Volunteers’ (UNDP-UNV) Peacebuilding Division in Bonn, Germany as a Programme Analyst at the P2 level and will be stationed in Germany for 2 years. She is “uber excited to start my career at the UN and welcome any KASCers who are travelling through Germany to stop by Bonn and say “hello.”

Lyndsey Twining (KASC 2013) has been named a 2014 Sang-Yong Nam Award Winner by the University of Michigan Nam Center for Korean Studies. She is a recipient of the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship and studying in Korea. According to the Nam Center, “Lyndsey’s research accomplishments are notable for an undergraduate student, participating in multiple exchanges and conferences on Korean studies in both the United States and Korea.” Read more at the Nam Center website.

 

6th KASCer Jessie Meier Chosen for CLS Program

Jessie Meier, the 6th KASC alumna was chosen for this year’s Critical Language Scholarship(CLS) Program. CLS Program is a fully-funded summer intensive language program for U.S. university students and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. This year’s CLS Program is hosted by Yonsei University in Wonju, South Korea. CLS is a two month program, during which, scholarship recipients are required to speak only Korean. Participants live in dorms with Korean roommates and will also have a homestay experience with a local Korean family for one week. At the end of the 8 weeks, students take an American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)-certified post-program oral proficiency interview assessment. Students have four hours of language class and five hours of culture class each day, four hours of peer tutoring and four hours of internship per week, and weekly cultural excursions to museums, theaters, and local events.
On behalf of the entire KASC family, ISC commends Jessie for her passion for US-Korea understanding and congratulates her for this awesome opportunity!
Read more about CLS here.

KASC 6 Alumni Attend Conexia Networking Party

ISC thanks CONEXIA, Inc. CEO Elena Chai and Operating Director Kim Jang Hwan for inviting KASC 6 alumni Sung Jun Kim, Jeongbin Lee and Lyndsey Twining to attend their end of the year celebration. Elena Chai spoke to the 6th KASC delegation about corporate social responsibility at the KASC Career Forum last July.

Conexia staff welcome ISC alumni

KASC 7 Executive Committee Chair Sung Jun Kim and Vice Chair Jeongbin Lee discussed the upcoming 7th KASC with attendees. Read more about Conexia and the KASC Career Forum here.

The 6th KASC ends with a successful Final Forum co-sponsored by the Korea International Trade Association!

Roundtable members listen to the panelists’ feedback after their presentation at the KASC-KITA Joint Final Forum

On July 31st, the 6th KASC hosted its Final Forum at Coex Convention Center, co-sponsored by the Korea International Trade Association (KITA). 6th KASC delegates and KITA’s Goodwill Ambassador students presented various U.S.-Korea related topics, including Peace and Security, Environmental Law, Art and Culture, and Business.
Kevin Kim, member of ISC Board of Directors, delivered a warm keynote speech reflecting back on his JASC experience and encouraged the 6th KASC delegates to stay in touch with fellow alumni and ISC in the future. A panel of experts were also invited to listen to the delegates’ presentations and offer feedback and suggestions. The invited panelists were Michelle Lee Jones, MA student at Seoul National University and JASC alumna, Dr. Bong Young-Shik, Asan Institute for Policy Studies, and Mr. Peter Beck, Asia Foundation.

Kevin Kim, a member of ISC Board of Directors, delivers a keynote speech at the 6th KASC-KITA Joint Final Forum

 

Yun-Kyung Chung (first to the left), a 6th KASC Korean Executive Committee member, moderates the final forum’s panel discussion with Michelle Lee Jones (Seoul National University), Dr. Bong Yong-Shik (Asan Institute for Policy Studies), and Mr. Peter Beck (Asia Foundation).

 

Delegates listen to their peers’ presentations and feedback from the panel speakers.

During Q&A sessions, the audience asked many questions to the presenters and the panel speakers, making the Final Forum very engaging and interesting from beginning to end. Notably, one Q&A session nearly became a debate when a member of the audience asked the 6th KASC Peace and Security Roundtable to give more specifics about its new recommended policy and the meaning of “trust politik” towards North Korea. This was a great opportunity for the delegates to further interact with the audience, and show the hard work and passion they had put into theirs roundtables throughout the month-long conference.

The Forum was followed by a networking reception. Delegates enjoyed a delicious buffet with alumni, guests, and supporters. On behalf of KASC, ISC would like to sincerely thank KITA for making this Final Forum such a success.

Sungju Lee from the Peace and Security roundtable presents the “Window Policy”, a new policy suggested by the group to better tackle the North Korea issue.

 

Delegates speak with panel speakers and guests at the reception after presenting their joint final findings.

The 6th KASC KEC had an EC meeting with Jingu Jang, the 4th KASC EC Chair

Happy 2013!

The 6th KASC Executive Committee is working hard to plan this year’s conference. At the beginning in the year, the 6th KECs invited Jingu Jang, 4th KASC EC Chair to an EC meeting and to share his EC Chair story and experience. It was productive and helpful for better preparing the conference in 2013.

Please visit the applicant page to join the 6th KASC 2013 and have a life-changing experience!

Sites and Roundtables Announced for 6th KASC

The sites and roundtable topics for the 6th Korea-America Student Conference have been announced!

This year’s conference will be hosted by;
Handong University, Pohang
Yonsei University, Seoul
KAIST, Daejeon
Jeju National University, Jeju Island.

Under the theme: “Collaborate to Converge: An Interlocking World”, the 6th KASC roundtable topics are;
International development: Empowering People to their Full Potential
Arts and Culture: Key to Strengthen U.S.-ROK Relations
Science and Technology: Future Development of US-ROK Relations
US-ROK Politics: A NEW Era for Peace
Security and Impact Business: From Maximizing Profit Maximizing Impact

For more information, visit the KASC 2013 page.