A Celebration of the Korean Culture

Posted on February 6, 2014. Filed under: Event | Tags: , , , |

This year’s Coming Together in Skokie and Niles Township is a community-wide celebration of ancient and contemporary Korean Culture. Running January through March, it features book discussions, films, lectures, special events, and more. Oakton highlights include:

Korean Immigration: The Long Road
Monday, February 10, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Room 1604, Des Plaines Campus

From early 20th-century labor migrants to those who arrived following sweeping immigration reform in 1965, Koreans have been an increasingly strong presence in the United States. With support from Oakton’s Korean Student Organization, Evin Rodkey, humanities lecturer, examines the history of Korean immigration as well as some of the current experiences of Korean immigrants and Americans with Korean heritage.

Korean Festival
Thursday, February 27, 6:30 – 9 p.m., Room P103-104, Skokie Campus

Join Oakton students and community members to celebrate Korean culture with food, music, and dancing! Five dollar entrance fee includes food and entertainment. Children under 5 are free.

Korean Comfort Women of World War II: Past and Present
Wednesday, March 5, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Room P103, Skokie Campus

As former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton noted, the phrase “comfort women” is too kind an expression for the estimated 200,000 girls and young women forced to serve as sex slaves for the Japanese military during World War II. Recruited from across Asia, more than 80 percent were Korean. Bonnie Oh, Ph.D., professor emeritus, Georgetown University, discusses this often-overlooked chapter of history.

book cover for Everything AsianEverything Asian: A Novel Book Discussion
Thursday, March 13, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Room A151, Skokie Campus

Join Oakton librarians for a conversation about the winner of the 2009 Young Adult Asian Pacific American Award for Literature. Sung J. Woo’s first novel offers a distinctive slant on the immigration story. Set in 1980’s suburban New Jersey, Everything Asian details a Korean family’s first year in the United States with humor and pathos.

-posted by Gretchen Schneider

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