A cottage representing Korea is building built in an area for International Cottages in San Diego, California.

Starting in 1935, small houses were made in the area now known as the “House of Public Relations – International Cottages”. These houses are treated as museums and represent different countries at the same time as providing “cultural, social, and educational programs to spread awareness of its members’ cultures, customs, traditions, and languages”. Through festivals…

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California Highway Named after Korean American War Hero

On August 3rd 2018, a portion of a highway in California was named after an internationally renown war hero, Young Oak Kim. This is the first time a portion of a USA highway is dedicated to a Korean American. The Interstate 5 highway (I-5) is a main highway and can be used to travel from…

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Stories of Beloved Heroic Figures in Korean History

When we look to the heroes of our own country we have an abundance of figures to revere. However, when we look internationally these same figures do not hold the same meaning in other nations. Similarly, when we look at other country’s heroes we may not fully understand their importance. Despite this reality, in this…

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Korean Hero Yi Sun-sin became an Inspiration for Americans.

Guess who is the most respected historical figure in Korea? In every survey about the most admirable historical figure, Koreans always select this great man: Yi Sun-sin. Undoubtedly, Yi is the most respected figure in Korea’s 5000 years of history. During the Joseon Dynasty, he fought in 23 battles against the invading forces of Japan…

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Iconic American Heroes and Korean Heroes Shared the Same Dream

The world’s dominant currency is the U.S. dollar. Who are on the US 100- and 1-dollar bills? They are two of the most respected figures in US history: Benjamin Franklin and George Washington. With their portraits on the bills, they are commemorated every day. Americans respect them with high regard because they were freedom fighters.…

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Korean independence movement took place in the United States.

You may be surprised to know that Korean freedom fighters came to the United States. They were two Korean men named Jang In-hwan and Jeon Myeong-un.   Bang, bang, bang! An American named Durham Stevens was shot to death by two Korean patriots at the port of San Francisco on March 23, 1908. He was…

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Korean National Heroes on Korean bills

Admiral Yi Sun-sin(1545-1598) Admiral Yi Sun-sin lived in the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910)(present-day Korea) during the 16th century. He is well renowned for his victories against the Japanese invasions between 1592 and 1598. Most probably, one out of every three Koreans would answer Yi Sun-sin, if they were asked who their favorite hero in Korean history…

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BTS: Korea’s Fastest Growing Entertainment Icons in America

This past Sunday night, November 20th, 2017, Korea’s hottest boyband, BTS, made another unprecedented leap in history for the Korean pop (K-Pop) industry. BTS, which roughly translates to “bulletproof boy scouts” performed their newest hit “DNA”at the 2017 American Music Awards which was hosted to a large crowd in Los Angeles, California and broadcasted to…

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The Good Doctor

The Good Doctor: America’s Take on the 2013 South Korean Hit Drama is Garnering Millions in Viewership There is one show everyone is talking about now and that is ABC’s newest medical-drama, The Good Doctor, which started its first broadcast on September 25th, 2017. The Good Doctor stars once childhood actor turned adult actor through…

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Park Sung-Hyun: South Korea’s Golfing Rookie Dominates the LPGA Tour in 2017

In recent years, Korean golfers have been making incredible strides in the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tours. The LPGA tour takes place weekly and has several competitions around the world which include the US Women’s Open Golf Championship, ANA Inspiration, Women’s PGA Championship, Women’s British Open, and The Evian Championship as its five major…

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A “Rags-to-riches” Korean American Success Story

The American Dream- a term embedded in American history as long as the country itself. It’s a message of hope that anyone, regardless of background or social standing, can succeed with enough hard work. It has attracted many immigrants to the United States over the centuries in hopes they could build a better life for…

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