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May 31st Symposium Press Advisory: “Learning from the Past, Understanding the Present, Building for the Future”

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Speaker Bios

For Immediate Release
May 28, 2008

Yongho Kim, KRC, 323.937.3718 (Spanish)
EunSook Lee, NAKASEC, 323.937.3703, ext. 205 (Eng)
Dae Joong Yoon, KRC, 323.937.3718 (Korean)

Speakers are available for interview.

“The Movement of People: From Asia to the U.S.”
Learning from the Past, Understanding the Present, Building for the Future

*** Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Event ***

WHY: Globalization of the economy has spurred a phenomenal surge in the transnational migration of workers — engendering one of the most challenging policy dilemmas for receiving nations. To date, few receiving nations have succeeded in developing immigration reform and immigrant integration laws that is both workable and humane. Instead, immigrants are being targeted, sometimes with fatal results from South Africa to Italy. In the case of South Korea, initial optimism that the nation could serve as a model has disintegrated with the ushering in of a new conservative regime that has been characterized by a return to harsh repression of migrant workers. For Korean Americans, a predominantly recent immigrant population, immigrant and immigrant integration policies define our past and determine our future in this country. This day-long symposium is designed to enable participants to develop a deeper and broader perspective of America’s “immigrant challenge” by linking our individual experiences with the conditions, challenges, and opportunities faced by migrant workers in Asia and the Pacific Islands.

WHAT: “The Movement of People: Building a New Agenda from Asia to the U.S.” international symposium featuring expert advocates and organizers from Australia, the Philippines, South Korea, and the United States. The symposium is broken out into three tracks to seek participation from children (ages 6 – 11), youth (ages 12 – 17) and adults. Multi-media dance and poongmul performance by HanNuRi Korean American Cultural Troupe and spoken word by Johneric Concordia.

WHEN: May 31, 2008, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Korean Education Center
680 Wilshire Place, Los Angeles, 90005

WHO: Korean Resource Center, May 19th Memorial Foundation, National Korean American Service & Education Consortium, and Young Koreans United – Los Angeles

VISUALS: Multi-media dance & poongmul performance by HanNuRi Korean Cultural Troupe at 3:40 p.m. Children’s art exhibit at 3:40 p.m. as well.

Speakers are available for interview. See bios attached. Please contact L. Sookyung Oh at 323.937.3703, ext. 206 / 267.334.5918 or to arrange an interview.