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2016 Shoreline Arts Festival: Experience Korea


Experience Korea

Come experience Korea in the Horizon Room at the 26th Annual Shoreline Arts Festival!

We have created many fun activities for the whole family. Kids will have an opportunity to make Korean totem poles (JangSeung), write their names in Korean (HanGul), identify and color the Korean flag, dress up in traditional Korean clothing (HanBok), play traditional musical instruments (AkGi), learn paper folding (Jeongi Julpki), and much more. While kids are engaged, parents can relax, read about Korean history and culture, partake in tasty treats and drinks which are served on traditional holidays, or also participate in the hands-on activities. "Experience Korea" is truly designed for all to experience through sights, sounds, tastes, and touch!

We are grateful for the sponsorship and participation of the following organizations: Korean American Artists Association of Washington; Shoreline Lake Forest Park Arts Council; Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Seattle; Seattle Washington State Korean Association; Korean American Health Professionals Association; Korean American Coalition of Washington State; Korean Student Association of the University of Washington.


Seattle-Washington State Korean Association
Newsletter Archives Now Available Online
at University of Washington Libraries


Hanin Hoebo

Seattle (WA) - the University of Washington's East Asia Library and Korean American Historical Society (KAHS) are pleased to announce the availability of the Seattle-Washington State Korean Association's newsletter, "Hanin Hoebo" is now available online via the University of Washington Libraries' ResearchWorks archive.

Thanks to a grant from the Overseas Koreans Foundation, KAHS and the East Asia Library partnered to digitize 40 years' worth of monthly newsletters, back to 1973. The digital archive currently consists of 124 newsletters, and includes articles written by Korean Association founder Chang Hei Lee, as well as articles by former State Senator Paull Shin, and former Korean National Assembly member Jay Keun Yoo. Also included are period advertisements from the Korean-owned businesses that supported the community at the time. The newsletters provide an important snapshot of community life through the eyes of its most active members and supporters.

Korean Studies Librarian Hyokyoung Yi managed the task of creating the archives. "The project involved more than 133 hours of student time and involved scanning, post processing the images, creating pdf files, and creating metadata for each item. Besides this student hourly and my time as a project manager, the UW Libraries provided the staff time from the Digital Initiative Department to train students to do those tasks, as well as to mount the final products on the web so the public can access to these issues from around the world. As a librarian, I feel it is very important that we serve as a community repository for community history."

"This project was brought about by materials from former Korean Association presidents Dr. Mansop Hahn and Mr. John Kwak, who donated their collections of artifacts, newsletters, community directories, and other Korean community documents to KAHS," explained Matthew Benuska, Secretary Treasurer. Newsletters also came from Korean and Ethnic Studies professors Doo Soo Suh and Sam Solberg.

"KAHS and the East Asia Library each hold our own partial collections of the Hanin Hoebo; together, the collection is much more comprehensive, but not complete. When I contacted Librarian Yi about this collection and the prospect of combining our collections and digitizing them, she was very excited and supportive," he said. "From her work producing the United States' first Manhwa exhibit to her monthly Booksori talks, Mrs. Yi has been a tremendous blessing for this community, and I have felt very thankful for her work. We could not have done this without her," he continued. "KAHS would also like to thank law firm Davis Wright Tremaine for providing copyright review on a pro bono basis," he said.

Community members wishing to donate additional issues of Hanin Hoebo should contact KAHS.


2015 Shoreline Arts Festival: Experience Korea


Experience Korea

Come experience Korea in the Aurora Room at the 25th Annual Shoreline Arts Festival. This is our 5th year!

We have created many fun activities for the whole family. Kids will have an opportunity to make guardian spirit poles (JangSeung), write their names in Korean (HanGul), identify and color the Korean flag, dress up in traditional Korean clothing (HanBok), play traditional musical instruments (AkGi), learn to play the game of Go (BaDuk), and much more. While kids are engaged, parents can relax, read about Korean history and culture, partake in tasty treats and drinks which are served on traditional holidays, or also participate in the hands-on activities. "Experience Korea" is truly designed for all to experience through sights, sounds, tastes, and touch!

If you are inspired to learn more about Korea, you can enjoy the entertainment featured on the Shoreline Stage. We will have two wonderful entertainment Raindrop Korean choral group and Oolleem traditional Korean performing arts group, on stage at 1 PM on Saturday, June 27.

We are grateful for the sponsorship and participation of the following organizations: Shoreline Lake Forest Park Arts Council, Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Seattle, Seattle Washington State Korean Association, Korean American Health Professional Association, United Seattle Bellevue Korean School, Korean American Coalition of Washington State, Korean American Bar Association, and Korean American Artists Association of Washington.


Korean American Historical Society Announces Book Launch


Book Launch

Han in the Upper Left sheds light on lives of Korean Americans in the Pacific Northwest


Seattle, Washington (May 1, 2015) - Korean American Historical Society (KAHS) will host a reception for the nonfiction debut Han in the Upper Left: a brief history of Korean Americans in the Pacific Northwest (Chin Music Press May 2015, 104pp).

Members, guests and visitors are invited to celebrate the release of this new book on the lives of Koreans in the Pacific Northwest with an interactive discussion and reading at The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience on Thursday, June 4th at 6:00PM. Space is limited; RSVP's are encouraged by May 22nd (RSVP@kahs.org ).

Han in the Upper Left will be available for purchase at its cover price from the Museum Store. Donations of $50 or more will receive a complimentary signed copy.

This event is free and open to the public.

The release of Han in the Upper Left coincides with The Wing Luke Museum's exhibit: Bojagi: Unwrapping Korean American Identities. The exhibit runs through November 2015.

Han in the Upper Left tells the many stories of Korean Americans in the Pacific Northwest, from picture brides and salmon cannery workers of the early twentieth century to families landing at Sea-Tac in the twenty-first century. Through moving accounts, innovative analyses, and engaging photographs, this book captures the vibrancy and complexity of Korean American lives and communities, in the past and in the present.

Han in the Upper Left was made possible with generous financial support from the Overseas Koreans Foundation, an organization committed to the development of overseas Korean communities as well as in the motherland by finding and supporting the talents of the next generation of overseas Koreans.

For more information about the event, visit our Facebook event page!