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.

ISC Hosted by the Consulate General of Japan in NYC


Ambassador Kusaka welcomes the audience to his residence.

On Monday, April 14, ISC was hosted by the Consulate General of Japan in NYC at his residence in Manhattan. The gathering brought together ISC alumni, Board members, corporate supporters, and other supportive individuals for the program “Celebrating U.S.-Japan Intellectual Exchange”. The program featured opening remarks by Deputy Consul General Kengo Yoshihara (JASC 41), remarks from Ambassador Sumio Kusaka, Consul General of Japan in New  York,  a keynote speech from ISC Board of Directors Vice Chairman and Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress Glen S. Fukushima (JASC 22; 23), a short presentation on the 66th JASC from American Executive Committee Vice Chair Pramodh Ganapathy, and a toast from Professor Hugh Patrick, R.D. Calkins Professor Emeritus of International Business and Director and Founder of the Center on Japanese Economy and Business at Columbia Business School.

In addition to celebrating the 80-year history of JASC and the people-to-people connection between Japan and the U.S., Ambassador Kusaka and Mr. Fukushima both took time to talk about the current status of the U.S.-Japan partnership, noting challenges they face together regionally. They both emphasized the need for greater understanding and discussion in the region, especially among the U.S., Japan, and Korea, applauding ISC’s recent efforts in JASC-KASC Trilateral Symposiums.

Glen S. Fukushima spoke about the current U.S.-Japan relationship and his personal JASC experience.

Mr. Fukushima also spoke in detail of his experience during his JASCs, including the five things he gained from JASC: knowledge, experience, network, friendship, and of course, his wife, Sakie T. Fukushima!




Pramodh Ganapathy, AEC Vice Chair and Duke University Senior, made a moving presentation about what JASC means to him and the rest of the American Executive Committee. He brought tears and laughter of nostalgia to the eyes of the alumni in attendance by showing a video about what JASC means to the current AEC. You can watch that video here: He also shared the plans for the 66th JASC to be held in the U.S. this coming August.

After the program, guests were invited upstairs for a reception. Professor Patrick made a toast to the prosperous future of the U.S.-Japan relationship. Guests networked and enjoyed each others company, refreshments, and Japanese cuisine for the rest of the evening.

JASC will be celebrating its 80th Anniversary this summer in San Francisco! Come out for a long weekend to see all of your old friends, meet some new ones, and interact with the 66th JASC delegation! For more details and to RSVP, visit 

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.

Alumni Gather in Seoul for KASCmas!

KASCmas is a growing tradition among KASC alumni based in Korea. December 21-22, 2013 KASCmas organizer Taehyoung Ahn (KASC 2009) brought together more than 30 KASC alumni for a warm weekend. Alumni travelled from all over Korea for the reunion.

After sharing dinner together, KASC 6 delegates were welcomed into the ISC alumni community. Sharing stories from past KASCs and personal updates, alumni also looked forward to the upcoming 7th KASC to be held in Seoul this July!

KASCers prepared an entertaining white elephant gift exchange game, fully utilizing their networking and negotiation skills to secure a favored present! Many thoughtful gifts and friendly jokes were exchanged as KASCers celebrated the holiday season.

If you are a KASC alumnus based in or travelling through Korea, please reach out to ISC Korea Country Office Michelle Lee Jones at to make sure you are invited to future alumni events.

The 6th KASC Chair Tiffany Vang writes about her experience in KASC for APIASF

By Tiffany Vang, APIASF/GMS Scholar

Before I start telling you about my own experience in the Korea-America Student Conference (KASC), I know you are wondering: what exactly is KASC?

KASC is a student-led, academic and cultural exchange program created to build closer ties between young leaders of the United States and South Korea. Each year, an equal number of students from both countries are selected to live, research, and travel to four diverse regions in the host country together for one month.

What I mean when I say “student-led” is that the whole conference is planned by student leaders for students! That’s where I come in. As a previous American Delegate, I was elected as the Chair of the America Executive Committee, and now have the responsibility of planning the next conference, which will be held in South Korea in the month of July 2013. Not only does KASC develop strong personal relations between Korean and American students, but we also develop and invest in leaders. Through my experience as Chair, I can say that I have been able to develop leadership qualities and habits that I wouldn’t otherwise have without KASC. Most importantly, I have the opportunity to work with the Korea Executive Committee on the conference. The conference is a joint effort of previous Korean and American Delegates.
Throughout this one month long conference, delegates are in their respective roundtable where they will conduct research on a variety of topics such as peace and security, technology, business, arts and culture, and international development. The idea here is to bridge the gap between the United States and Korea; what can we do as ambassadors to collaborate and work on world issues together? And just through our everyday encounters with each other, we learn more about their culture and reflect on our very own.

To conclude, I never thought I would end up running for the America Executive Committee Chair. And now, I am planning the next conference along with my committee for the summer of 2013. This is an amazing opportunity to conduct research, travel, explore career options, and, most importantly, build friendships that will last a lifetime.

When I attended KASC, it was held in the US in four different cities: Angola, Washington D.C., St. Louis, and Los Angeles. This year KASC will be held in Pohang, Seoul, Daejeon, and Jeju Island. If you would like more information about KASC or the application process, please take a look at our website.

You can also check out the KASC Facebook Page, or email for additional information. The early application deadline is Friday, February 1, 2013, and the final application deadline is Friday, March 1, 2013.

ISC Hosts Board Meeting and Open House

The International Student Conferences (ISC) Board of Directors and student leaders of JASC and KASC meet in Washington, D.C.

On November 16th, 2012 International Student Conferences (ISC) hosted their semi-annual board meeting in Washington, D.C.

JASC American Executive Committee member Madison Mears of the University of Wisconsin-Madison chats with KASC American Executive Committee Chair Tiffany Vang of the College of Saint Benedict before the ISC Board Meeting

Board members and student leaders met to share updates about the 65th JASC, to be held in Japan, and 6th KASC, to be held in Korea, this summer. Student leaders spent the weekend in Washington, planning conference content and coordinating their national recruiting effort.

To coincide with the meeting, ISC held an open house in their office where alumni, board members, supporters, and students were able to enjoy each others’ company and discuss the upcoming conferences. More information about this summer’s conferences is available at and

Tiffany Vang (leftmost) of the College of Saint Bendict and Chair of the KASC American Executive Committee chats with (from left to right) Seheun Jung, Hyunjung Shin (both ISC Interns and West Fellows) and Board Member Robbi Miller (JASC 47 alumna) at the ISC Open House.

Also, for those in the D.C. area who missed the event, there will be a holiday happy hour on December 13th in downtown Washington. All friends of JASC and KASC are welcome to attend. More details available here.