|The 24th Seminar - Lecture by Professor Edward Taehan Chang at UC Riverside|
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 6:30 PM
Korean Community Services (KCS) Auditorium, 35-56 159th Street, Flushing, NY 11358
Presenter: Edward Taehan Chang, Professor in Ethnic Studies and founding director of the Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies at UC Riverside.
Professor Chang is considered as one of the foremost interpreters of the Los Angeles civil unrest and race relations, and he is the author of four books, four edited volumes, and numerous articles.
This lecture will focus on the book, Unsung Hero: The Story of Col. Young Oak Kim, which was written in Korean by Woo Sung Han and translated into English by Edward Taehan Chang. Col. Young Oak Kim was a highly-decorated U.S. Army combat veteran, having fought in World War II and the Korean War. Born in Los Angeles, California in 1919, Col. Kim received 19 medals and awards from the U.S., France, Italy, and South Korea, including the Distinguished Service Cross, two Silver Stars, three Purple Hearts, the Légion d'honneur, and the Korean Taeguk Cordon of the Order of Military Merit. In addition to his military accomplishments, Col. Kim was also an active humanitarian and he supported and founded numerous Asian-American civic organizations. Col. Kim was initially excluded from the U.S. Military due to discriminatory laws, but Kim was drafted into the military in 1941, shortly after U.S. Congress enacted a law subjecting Asian Americans to conscription. He commanded and fought alongside Japanese-American troops in the 100th Infantry Battalion, despite the hostile history between Koreans and the Japanese, claiming that they were all Americans and that they were going to fight the war together. Col. Kim passed away at the age of 86 on December 29, 2005, of complications from cancer.