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Korean American Historical Society Announces
The Collective Memory Project


National Endowment for the Humanities

History group to collect family documents to preserve Korean American history

Seattle, Washington (December 13, 2017): When an elderly relative passes away their children often discover old letters or photos or other documents that shed light on the historical events that their family members lived through. Families often do not realize the historical value of this material or do not know what to do with them.

To address this issue, the Korean American Historical Society (KAHS) recently received a $12,000 Common Heritage grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to collect and preserve this kind of historical material. In partnership with the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian American Experience, KAHS will hold public events in the coming year where people can bring photos, documents or other artifacts to be scanned or photographed and preserved in the KAHS collection. The originals will be returned to the participants with a digital copy of their documents or photos as well as protective envelopes or folders and advice on preserving them.

According to Mel Kang, KAHS President, "The Korean experience in America is made up of simple, ordinary experiences as well as the dramatic. A letter from a daughter at college, the opening of a new business, the arrival of relatives from Korea are important pieces of our story. The goal of our project is to reach out to the Korean community and capture these treasures."

Since 1985 KAHS has been collecting the oral histories of Korean immigrants. From 1985 to 2001 they published the journal Occasional Papers which contained many of the oral histories as well as academic articles. KAHS and the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian American Experience have partnered on many projects in the past. In this project, the materials that are collected will be made available to the public and scholars through the Wing Luke Museum's Gary Locke Library and Community Heritage Center. More information is available by downloading The Collective Memory Project and visiting KAHS' Facebook Page.

The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent federal agency created to preserve America's rich cultural heritage, and encourage and support scholarship and innovation in the humanities. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. The Endowment awards grants to top-rated proposals examined by panels of independent, external reviewers. Kang noted that, "The Common Heritage grant program is highly competitive and KAHS is very grateful for this award."


2017 Shoreline Arts Festival: Experience Korea


Experience Korea

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

We have created many fun activities for the whole family. Kids will have an opportunity to 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; Korean American Health Professionals Association.


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!


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