'e-Library' introducing 120 years of Korean American history and culture to open next year

연합뉴스 / 2022-05-09 15:51:03
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▲ This photo, provided by the website of the Korean American Studies Education Foundation, shows a scene from the ethnology lecture. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

 

 

SEOUL, May 9 (Yonhap) -- An e-Library where one will be able to check and learn the 120-year history of the Korean Americans including their immigration will be opened next year.

The e-library will be established by the Korean Consulate General in Los Angeles (Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Los Angeles Kim Youngwan) with the budget approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and will be completed by the end of this year to open in the beginning of next year.

The e-library will be opened and operated by the Korean American Education Foundation (KASEF, Chairman Kim Dong-jo). This foundation is a non-profit educational organization established in February to develop professional materials for Korean Americans and to train teachers.

According to the Korean Consulate General and KASEF on the 9th, the e-library plans to include materials on the Korean history and culture along with the materials for the Korean immigration history materials after 102 Koreans first arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii on 13th January 1903. These materials will be able to be downloaded anytime, anywhere.

Particularly, various textbooks and study guides will be provided according to specific topics so that elementary, middle, and high school teachers will be able to use them easily when teaching the Korean Americans.

 

The e-library was established after the state of California included ethnology as a compulsory subject requirement to graduate high school from 2025.

Currently, on KASEF's website (www.kasef.org), educational materials for Korean American teachers in elementary, middle, and high schools (K-12) have been posted. Class activities, assessments, and videos that can be used in class are also uploaded.

Informations from "Early Korean Immigrants" to "Dosan Ahn Chang-ho," "Dr. Sammy Lee," "Independence Movement," "Colonel Kim Young-oak," "Korean War and Adoption," and "Korean Americans in the 21st Century" are all arranged in chronological order.

"From now on, we will try to develop more ㅊharacters and stories of the Korean Americans and upload them to the e-library so that it could be used effectively in the educational field," said Chairman Kim Dong-jo.

 

(This article is translated from Korean to English by Haemin Kim.)

 

 

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