Family history can represent a transnational narrative. The Korean diaspora in a post-Japanese imperialist society pushed Mr. Song Hurn Joo to immigrate to Hawaii and eventually Los Angeles to pursue sovereignty for his country. Educated at Princeton University, these lessons and networks provided a bedrock for his lifetime career in politics. Dr. Syngman Rhee appointed him as the chairman of finance to issue bonds for the Korean government-in-exile. He educated Korea immigrants and helped unify organizations to establish the Korean National Association. Mr. Song served as the Korean National Association chairman for two terms, but was elected for three. Mr. Song’s commitment to his nation’s independence was the reason to honor his lasting memory at this year’s colloquium.
Dr. Dennehy, CSUF History Department Chair, Dr. Granata, COPH Director, and Jennifer Keil, CSUF MA graduate, gathered at the Korean Consul General’s Residence in Los Angeles for the second annual Korean Diaspora Colloquium. This evening was opened by Dr. Shiyoung Park, Education Consul, to welcome the group of community leaders, scholars, and friends. Consul General Wan-joong Kim provided congratulatory remarks for the commemorative program in his home. Jennifer Keil, SOHA 1st VP, provided the keynote presentation on the life of Song Hurn Joo, a Seoul born Korean patriot who used his political connections to liberate his country from Japanese imperialism. Mr. Dong K. Kim concluded this evening with a memoir of his visionary grandfather which included personal memories. The Kim family provided archival materials and a written history that will be preserved for future scholars to analyze. We hope to create a robust oral history project that not only maintains Mr. Song Hurn Joo’s contributions, but other incredible patriots. Please contact Jennifer Keil at email@example.com if you’d like to contribute to this ongoing project. We hope to create a 2019 Southwest Oral History Association panel.
You are invited to attend a special reception and exhibition of THE CHINESE AMERICAN ORAL HISTORY PROJECT presented bythe Asian and Asian American Studies Program and the University Library, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 4 PM .
On February 19, 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 authorizing the creation of military areas along the west coast from which “any and all persons may be excluded” at the discretion of the Secretary of War. This order resulted in the mass deportation and incarceration of tens of thousands of Japanese-American citizens and residents of Japanese descent on the premise that they constituted a security risk vis-a-vis the war with Japan. These families were forced to leave their homes and nearly all of their belongings and were placed in remote military-guarded camps for the next two and a half years.
California State University, Dominguez Hills plans to mark this dark point in U.S. history with a number of activities and events.
This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visitwww.calhum.org.
SOHA members, friends, and supporters: We plan to see you in Long Beach for the 50th Anniversary Oral History Association Conference from October 12-16, 2016. During the conference, SOHA will celebrate our 35th Anniversary with a special gathering and awards ceremony from 6:30 to 8:00 pm Saturday evening, October 15th. We are gathering in the beautiful and historic First Congregational Church of Long Beach, about six blocks from the conference hotel. Requested donation of $15 includes dinner and presentation of the 2016 James V. Mink Award to oral historian and filmmaker Virginia Espino. Proceeds support SOHA’s scholarship and grants programs. Please RSVP by October 7, 2016. For more information, contact SOHA at 702-895-5011 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.