Hesung Chun Koh, Ph.D., is the chair and president of East Rock Institute and also Director Emerita, East Asian Research, HRAF, Yale University. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology and Anthropology from Boston University and did postdoctoral work at Harvard University and at Georgetown University in Chinese Studies as a National Defense Education Act Fellow. She taught Sociology and Human Relations at Boston University, East Asian Law and Society at Yale Law School, gender roles at Albetus Magnas College and at Yale. University in early 1970s. She has taught Korean culture at Yale university. during 1970-1985. During 1996-1999, she was Visiting Professor at the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka, Japan and also at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto, Japan. She published five books on Korean culture as curriculum, numerous articles on Korean society and culture. She also developed teaching and research wesbite INSTROK, Information System for Teaching and Research on Korea (www.instrok.org). She is the founding editor of Korean and Korean American Studies Bulletin, a biannual journal and edited and published special issues on wide range of special volumes on Korean culture, Korean diaspora cultures for the past twenty years.
She served first chair of Committee on Korean Studies of Association for Asian Studies (1968-70), Chair of the Wison Center Taskforce for Korean Studies, and held summer institute for teacher training and curriculum development on NEH Korean History and Culture teacher's workshop in 1985-88. Dr. Koh served on the member of executive board of the National Academy of Science -National Research Council, and member of panel of judges at the National Endowment for the Humanities. She was US delegate to UNESCO World Science Information System and also served executive committee members of American Society for Information Science in 1970 and 1980s. Among many professional and community services include a boards members of International Education Foundation for Korean Schools.

Kwang Kyu Lee, Ph.D., is the Chairman of the Overseas Koreans Foundation, an organization affiliated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Republic of Korea, and Emeritus Professor of Anthropology of Seoul National University.
The Foundation is now home to some six million overseas Koreans, and all its efforts have been focused on various cooperative programs in order to help overseas Koreans and serve as a driving force for the Korean community. The Foundation serves to promote national homogeneity, expand the cyber-Korean community Hanminjok Network, and establish the Korean business network as an integrated hub for those overseas Koreans engaged in the fields of commerce, trade, information technology, science and technology. Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Lee has served as CEO of the Northeast Asia Peace Movement . He has taught at University of Hiroshima, University of Missouri, University of Washington, Arizona State University, University of California at Berkeley and the University of Vienna. As a scholar, he has written extensively about kinship and overseas Korean communities. He has been a human rights advocates for Korean refugees who repatriated as laborers to their homeland from China and Russia. In 1998, Dr. Lee won the prestigious Award of the President of the Republic of Korea.

Howard Kyongju Koh, M.D., M.P.H, FACP, is Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and the Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health, and Director of the Division of Public Health Practice at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Koh was elected into membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.
He also serves as Director of the Harvard School of Public Health Center for Public Health Preparedness, the academic center that educates the public health workforce about bioterrorism and other emerging health threats. Dr. Koh graduated from Yale College and from the Yale University School of Medicine. After training at Boston City Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, serving as chief resident at both institutions, he joined the faculty at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health and became Director of Cancer Prevention and Control and Professor of Dermatology, Medicine, and Public Health. From 1997-2003, Dr. Koh served as Commissioner of Public Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He has earned board certification in four medical fields (internal medicine, hematology, medical oncology, and dermatology) as well as a Master of Public Health degree (Boston University School of Public Health). An accomplished physician, advocate, scholar and healer, Dr. Koh has been recognized for his interdisciplinary leadership in public health. He is a past Chair of the Massachusetts Coalition for a Healthy Future, the group that pushed for the Commonwealth’s groundbreaking tobacco control initiative. He has published over 200 articles in the medical literature, and is nationally known in the areas of cancer prevention, tobacco control, Asian American health issues and skin oncology (melanoma and cutaneous lymphoma). In addition, he has served as principal investigator for numerous medical research grants funded by the National Cancer Institute and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Koh has received the Drs. Jack E. White/LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr. Cancer Prevention Award from the American Association for Cancer Research and the Intercultural Cancer Council, as well as the national Distinguished Service Award from the American Cancer Society. In 2000, President Bill Clinton appointed Dr. Koh to a term on the National Cancer Advisory Board.
Dr. Koh has also been named to the K100, the 100 leading Korean Americans in the first century of Korean immigration to the United States (1903-2003). As Commissioner, Dr. Koh led the Massachusetts Department of Public Health with its wide range of public health services, four public health hospitals, a staff of over 3000 public health professionals and a $700 million annual budget. In this capacity, he emphasized the power of prevention to help all people reach their full potential for health. In addition, he strengthened the Department’s commitment to diversity and eliminating health disparities. During his tenure, Massachusetts rose in national rankings to the 3rd healthiest state through advances in many areas: tobacco control, AIDS treatment and prevention, substance abuse services, cancer screening and prevention, health issues of the homeless, coordination of emergency medical services, health issues of the disabled, children’s health insurance, newborn screening, prevention of medical errors, managed care oversight, preservation of hospital essential services, promotion of mental health as a vital part of public health, organ donation, bioterrorism response, international public health partnerships and the integration of human rights and public health. Dr. Koh and his wife, Dr. Claudia Arrigg, are the proud parents of three children.

Edward Taehan Chang, Ph.D., is associate professor of Ethnic Studies and a former Director of the Center for Asian Pacific America at the University of California Riverside. He earned his B.A. (1982) in Sociology and Ph.D. (1990) in Ethnic Studies at University of California at Berkeley and his M.A. (1984) in Asian American Studies at UCLA. Professor Chang’s research interests include Korea and the Korean American Community, Korean American-African American relations, Asian-Latino relations, immigration, and race relation theories. He is considered one of the foremost interpreters of the 1992 Los Angeles civil unrest and its aftermath. He is member of the Board of Directors of the East Rock Institute.

Jun H. Choi is a Director at the New Jersey Department of Education and Executive Director of the Task Force for Measuring Student Achievement, a Governor's initiative to improve the monitoring of public school performance for 1.4 million students. Previously, he has held positions with the US Office of Management and Budget, and Ernst & Young Management Consulting. Mr. Choi also served as a special assistant on the Bill Bradley for President Campaign. He is active in his hometown of Edison, NJ, as a board member of the statewide YMCA Public Policy Committee, and as an adjunct professor of economics and policy analysis. He received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Masters in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University.

Taeck-soo Chun, Ph.D., is a professor of cultural economics at the Academy of Korean Studies, where he has been on the faculty since 1991 and was an assistant professor of economics at Bukyung National University since 1982. He received BA and MA from Seoul National University and Ph.D. in Economics from State University of New York at Albany in 1987. Now he teaches and writes on the relationship between Korea's economic development and Korea's traditional culture and arts. Now he is a visiting scholar to U.C. Berkeley. He has written several books. To name a few, there are Rule of Law and Korean Traditional Culture for the Advancement of Korean Economy (2004, in Korean) and The Humanitarian Tradition of Korean People and Technological Development in the Information Age (2004, in Korean). Also he has written many papers including "The Role of Traditional Culture in the Rapid Growth of the Korean Economy (in Korean)", and "The Role of the Korean Indigenous Local Cultures in the Revitalization of Small Cities and Rural Areas (in Korean)". He has served the directors of Foreign Affairs, Budget Planning, and Information Center of Korean Studies of AKS. Moreover, he has initiated a 10 year's national project on the Compilation of the Digital Encyclopedia of Korean Indigenous Local Cultures. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Seoul Council for Promoting the Arts and Culture, and has been appointed as a member of several governmental committees.

Do Hyun Han, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Information on Korean Culture at the Academy of Korean Studies in South Korea. He taught Sociology and Korean Culture at Universities in America, China, and Korea. The author of numerous articles in Korean and English on social development, civil society, and Confucian social theory, he is also the co-author of Labor Management in Korean Companies in Vietnam (2001), Toriri: Tradition and Change in a Lineage Village (1998), and The Rule of Law for The Korean Economy in the 21st Century. He was a Stanley Junior Fellow at the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Iowa (1994-1995), a visiting scholar at the John K. Fairbank Center for East Asian Research at Harvard University (1995-1996), and at the Harvard-Yenching Institute (2001–2002), and an Obermann Fellow at the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Iowa (June, 2004).

Myung Won Jung is a doctoral student in the Historical and Cultural Studies of Religions at Graduate Theological Union in conjunction with University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on religious art and architecture. Mr. Jung graduated from Methodist Theological Seminary in Korea (where he focused on Theology and Near Eastern Ancient Archeology) and Vanderbilt University Divinity School (where he focused on History and Critical Theories of Religion). He finished the course work in Arts and Religion at Yale University Divinity School (expected graduation in May, 2005). He has researched in several universities and consortiums including Harvard University and Harvard-Yenching Institute (1996-97), Oxford University Christ College (summer 2002), and Archaeological Consortium at Teldor in Israel (summer 1999). As an activist, teacher, and director, Mr. Jung has worked in He Mang Evening School in Korea, where he helped educationally-underprivileged individuals to prepare for entry-tests, to obtain cultural enhancement, and to understand labor laws. In addition, Mr. Jung has served as a teacher, tutor, and teaching fellow for Korean language and Korean culture in several institutions including Harvard University, Yale University, Boston Korean School, Nashville Korean School, and Hartford Korean School. Mr. Jung has received the Certification of Appreciation from the Mayor of Nashville for his commitment to Korean and Korean American society in Nashville, 2002. As a co-founder, Mr. Jung established the Hackers Language Institute (a publishing company) and Hackers Academia (a foreign language institute) in 1999. Both are considered leading companies in the publishing and educational fields in Korea. Myung Won Jung has been featured in vital events and conferences. He provided a representative presentation for Madam Lee (the former first lady of Korea) at an Alumni Award Celebration in Vanderbilt University 2002. Recently, Mr. Jung presented a paper, “Incense Burner in a Ritual Context: Focusing on the Baekje Gilt-Bronze Incense Burner in the Nŭngsan-Ni Temple Site” at the 8th Annual Graduate Student Conference sponsored by the Harvard East Asia Society at Harvard University in March, 2005.

Joyce S. Kim, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Associate, and on the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University. She has a Ph.D. in East Asian history from Columbia University, specializing in early modern Korean history. Kim also received her M.Phil., & M.A. in East Asian history from Columbia University. Joyce received her B.A. in history and women's studies, Johns Hopkins University.

Moon-Hwan Kim, Ph.D., is professor at the Department of Aesthetics, College of Humanities, Seoul National University, since 1984. He has studied at Seoul National University and the University of Frankfurt, Germany. From the latter, he received his Ph.D. in 1983. He received his Th.D. in 2005 from Korean Sungkonghoe University. He has been a visiting professor at the Tokyo University (1991-1992) and Keio University (1999) in Japan. At the recent time he occupied the chair of President of the Korean Society for Aesthetics. He also works as a theatre critic and was President of the Korean Society for Theatre Studies and the Korean Society for Performing Arts Critics. He was member of the Organizing Committee for the Opening & Closing Ceremony at the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988, and President of the Korean Cultural Policy Institute (affiliated to the Ministry of Culture) from 1996 to 1999. He has published numerous books and articles in all fields of his activity.

Tai Soo Kim, FAIA, was born of Korean parents in 1936 and came to the United States in 1961 with his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Architecture from Seoul National University, and went on to earn a second Master’s at Yale University in 1962, studying under Paul Rudolph, then the Dean of the School of Architecture. Tai Soo credits Mr. Rudolph with encouraging him to trust his own design instincts rather than the trend or prevailing style. He went to work for Philip Johnson, then Huntington Darabee Dollard and subsequently co-founded the Hartford Design Group in 1970. Many of his designs have won local and national awards and have been published in the national and international journals of architecture, and in 1986 he was elected to the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. In 1994, Kim was awarded the Korean Broadcasting Systems' Overseas Compatriots Prize for his achievements in his field. In 2001 Wesleyan University’s Davison Art Center included his work in a retrospective of artwork by architects whose projects “have been critical to the development of American architecture during the last 50 years.” Among his projects, and certainly the least visible, is his own home which he built, hidden away from view on a rear lot, which won the AIA's Housing Award in 1979. Kim shares his home with wife Ryoungja, an accomplished ceramic artist.

Chang Hoon Ko, B.L., M.P.A. & Ph.D., has been a professor in the Department of Public Administration at Cheju National University of the Republic of Korea since September of 1982. He teaches Philosophy, Philosophy of Public Administration, History of Korean Public Administration, and Island Governance. Ko received his B.L, M.P.A., and Ph.D. from the Department of Public Administration at Korea University, Seoul. He worked for UNC (1996) as a Fulbright scholar and Suffolk University (2002) as a Visiting Scholar. As an activist, he has lead democratization for Korea as a chairperson For Cheju islander's Movement against Anti-Military Base in Cheju-do (1986-1992), and has directed the Jeju Sasam Institute (1990-1995). He has contributed to the promotion of activities of NGOs for Korean democracy and peace for 15 years (1982-1995). Ko founded the World Association of Island Studies (1997) and is currently the chair. As chair, he has been involved with organizing international conferences, including Jeju Sasam and World Peace at Jeju Island (2001 and 2002), Jeju Jamneology (Women divers) at Jeju Island (2002), Jeju Sasam and East Asian Peace (2003) at Harvard University.

Harold Hongju Koh, J.D., is Dean of Yale Law School and Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at Yale Law School, where he has taught since 1985. A Korean-American, from 1998 to 2001, he served as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. A Marshall Scholar and a graduate of Harvard, Oxford, and Harvard Law School, Professor Koh served as law clerk to Judge Malcolm Wilkey of the D.C. Circuit, and Justice Harry Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court. Before coming to Yale, he practiced law at Covington and Burling and at the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice. He has written more than 70 articles and several books, including Deliberative Democracy and Human Rights (1999 with R. Slye), Transnational Legal Problems (2d ed. 1984 with H. Steiner & D. Vagts) and The National Security Constitution (1990), which won the American Political Science Association's award as best book on the American Presidency. Professor Koh has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Guggenheim and Century Foundations and has been a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. He is an Overseer of Harvard, on the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law and the American Law Institute. He has received six honorary degrees and numerous awards for his human rights work, which includes representation of Haitian and Cuban refugees before the United States Supreme Court. He was named by American Lawyer magazine as one of America's 45 leading public sector lawyers under the age of 45, and by A Magazine as one of the 100 most influential Asian-Americans of the 1990s.

Grace Lyu-Volckhausen, Ph.D., is President of the Tiger Baron Foundation and currently serves as Senior Advisor to City Council Member John Liu. Ms. Lyu-Volckhausen is a founding member of Koreans for Civic Action (KALCA), Coalition of Korean American Voters (C-KAV) and Black-Korean American Mediation Project. She earned both her M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University.

Harry S. Y. Nam, MBA, is Chief Finance Officer and Executive Vice President, responsible for Strategic Planning and Corporate Development at the Hyosung Corporation. The Hyosung Corporation is a $4.5 billion (2004 revenue) diversified industrial conglomerate engaged in the areas of synthetic fibers, petrochemicals, banking systems, international trade and power transmission and distribution. Over the last 7 years, Mr. Nam has worked in various capacities within the Corporation including sales and marketing, finance, and strategic planning. Mr. Nam's current responsibility involves working with portfolio companies to strategically develop and expand the Corporation's interests in its main overseas markets of North America, Europe, and Japan. Prior to joining Hyosung, Mr. Nam's experiences include working as a financial analyst at Smith, Barney in Los Angeles and as a product manager for Activision, Inc in Santa Monica, CA. Mr. Nam holds a B.A from Yale University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is married to the former Victoria Miller (New York) and has three wonderful daughters.

Wayne Patterson, Ph.D., received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and is a Professor of History at St. Norbert College. He has produced twelve books on Korea and Korean Americans, including The Korean Frontier in America (1994), The Golden Mountain (1996), and The Ilse (2000). He has taught Korean history at the University of South Carolina, the University of Kansas, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Pennsylvania, Yonsei University, Korea University, and, most recently, Harvard University.

Eunsup Daniel Shim, Ph.D., is interim Chair, Associate Professor of Accounting and Director of Research at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut and earned his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1993. He holds CPA (Certified Public Accountants) and CMA (Certified management Accountants) certificates in the U.S. He published many articles in CEO Compensation, Corporate Performance, Strategic Cost Management, and Financial Accounting and Reporting. Dr. Shim served many professional and academic organizations and journals as a discussant, a reviewer and a chair. He was sole recipient of the 2001 Teaching Excellency Award from the Sacred Heart University. For the Korean American community, he is currently serving as principal of the Connecticut Saturday Korean School and has served the weekend Korean School about 15 years as a teacher, a vice principal and a principal. In addition, he was immediate past Vice President and the former chair of History and Culture Committee of the National Association for Korean Schools (NAKS). He edited a recently published book titled, “The Korean American Journey (2002)”. He was listed in the “Who’s Who in Korean American,” “Who’s Who in Asian American,” and “Who’s Who among American Teachers.”

Heseung Ann Song is the President and CEO of Osiris-inc.  Twelve years of richly varied experiences—as a teacher, researcher, artist, psychologist, grant writer, manager, and entrepreneur—have given Heseung the knowledge and skills to help build a multifaceted consulting and communications firm. As a graduate of Yale University and an advanced doctoral candidate in psychology at Harvard, Heseung successfully applies her formal academic training to real-world challenges, particularly in the areas of corporate communication, creative design and evaluation systems. Her grant-writing has secured millions of dollars in funding for a wide range of clients. She has a winning record of creating high-quality marketing materials in a variety of multi-media environments. And her strong grounding in research and quantitative/qualitative methods has translated into citywide survey instruments and institutional performance measures.

Charles Yoon, J.D., is a partner at the law firm of Bondy & Schloss LLP. Since 1989, he has focused his practice on domestic and international litigation, arbitration and ADR proceedings. He has prosecuted as well as defended a broad array of commercial disputes, director and officer liability cases, professional malpractice claims and insurance/fidelity bond claims. Mr. Yoon has represented domestic and foreign entities including corporate clients in various industries such as trade, banking and finance, ship building, technology and entertainment. He currently serves as the Overseas President of the International Association of Korean Lawyers. Mr. Yoon received his B.A. from Columbia College and his J.D. from Columbia Law School.

Mu Young Lee, Ph.D., is a 1.5 generation Korean American immigrant, originally from New York City, who has spent the last four years working in industry and academia in southern California after completing his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan.  He is a nuclear physicist currently working in Torrance, CA.  His work involves R&D in homeland security applications of nuclear science.  Dr.  Lee first began working with ERI as an undergraduate volunteer in the fall of 1988 during the US Korea Trade Relations Conference and later served as an organizing committee chairman for the annual ERI Korean and Korean American conference.

Rev. YangHee Christine Kim was born in Seoul, Korea and immigrated to United States in 1981 where she grew up in New York City. She graduated from the New York University with the degree of BA in chemistry and earned her Master of Divinity from New York Theological Seminary.
She has been in ministry since 1993, where she has served as Sunday school director, Youth Pastor, College Campus Minister, pastor for a second-generation Korean-American congregation, and currently serves as the Pastor of the United Methodist Church of Clinton.  She studied at the Wesley Theological Seminary on religion and politics while doing an internship at the General Board of Church and Society on Healthcare legislation. She also studied CPE at the Boggs Institute at Robert Wood Johnson where she served as an intern chaplain with the Cerebral Palsy of Monmouth County. In addition, she worked as the Fundraiser and Financial manager at the Korean American Family Service Center. She was also a fellow of the New York Sabbatical Institute from June 2003 to January 2005.

Seung-hee Eu is currently a community organizer and educator with the Environmental Unit of KYCC, a community-based organization in Los Angeles, CA founded in 1975. Her work involves coalition-building and media advocacy in support of community greening and neighborhood improvement initiatives. She also produces student-led, multimedia campaigns on environmental issues and the urban ecosystem. In 2001, Seunghee served as managing editor at East Rock Institute for a special, four-part journal series on the Korean Diaspora in China, Japan, the former Soviet Union and United States. Seunghee immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of two. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Yale University has been an active member of the ERI conference organization committee.

Ja Wook Koo was born in Suwon, Korea in 1975.  He graduated from Seoul National University (SNU) with a B.A. and M.S. in Biology.  He studied evolutionary biology and behavioral ecology in the Department of Biology, College of Natural Sciences at SNU, and served as a research assistant in the department of neuroscience at the College of Medicine at SNU.  Ja Wook Koo was also active at SNU, serving as president of the Student Council in the department of Biology, as well as a committee member of the Student Council in the college of Natural Sciences, SNU.  Currently, Koo is a graduate student in the Behavioral Neuroscience program in the Department of Psychology at Yale University.  He studies cognitive function and depression in the Division of Molecular Psychiatry in the Connecticut Mental Health Center at Yale.  He also serves as president of the Yale University Korean Graduate Student Association.

The Biava Quartet is now in its third year at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a member of the Intensive Quartet Seminar, coached by Peter Salaff and the Cavani Quartet. Composed of violinists Austin Hartman and Hyunsu Ko, violist Mary Christine Persin, and cellist Jacob Braun, the Quartet most recently was invited by the Juilliard String Quartet to participate in the first ever Library of Congress/Smithsonian Institute Quartet Academy.

Aeju Lee, M.F.A. is a professor of Physical Education at Seoul National University and is an intangible human treasure # 27 of art of Buddhist Dance, an honor awarded by UNESCO in 1996. She is the President of Seoul National University Association of Professors for a Democratic Society.
She performs a Korean dance that is spontaneously driven by emotions that “soars up from inside like willow branches that are saturated with spring water flowing from two different valleys”. Lee’s dance externally configures human feelings such as pain, grief, will of the mind, and inner dreams. Aeju Lee was able to preserve the power of Korean dance after years under the possession of other ruling classes. For 50 years, Lee developed Korean dance, including “Salpuri” (exorcising an evil spirit), “Seungmu” (a Buddhist dance), “Taepyungmu” (a dance of peace), and much more.

Jin Hi Kim, M.F.A. is highly acclaimed as both an innovative komungo (Korean fourth century fretted board zither) virtuoso and for her cross-cultural compositions. Ms. Kim has brought a deeper appreciation for the historical contributions to world culture by the Koreans. Her work has been presented on the main stages of significant cultural centers including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Royal Festival Hall (London), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), the Warsaw Autumn Festival (Poland), Festival Nieuwe Muziek (Holland), Musique Action Festival (France), the Asian Pacific Festival (New Zealand), Moers New Jazz Festival (Germany), and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, among many others. Kim has introduced the komungo for the first time into the Western contemporary music scene with her wide array of pioneering compositions for chamber ensemble, orchestra, avant-garde jazz improvisations as well as creative multicultural ensembles. Over twenty years Kim has developed a series of compositions, "Living Tones". The timbral persona of each tone generated is treated with an abiding respect, as its philosophical mandate from Buddhism, a reverence for the 'life' of a tone, the color and nuance granted each articulation from Korean Shamanism. Kim has appeared as a soloist for the Living Tones compositions with American Composers Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra, Key West Symphony, KBS Symphony (Korea), Kronos Quartet, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Xenakis Ensemble (Holland), Kairos String Quartet (Berlin) and others.

Charles C.S. Kim, M.D., Conference Co-chairperson was born in Seoul, Korea and graduated from Seoul National University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, in 1956.  He completed his medical education in Korea at Seoul National University and Yonsei University.  Since immigrating to the United States, Dr. Kim has worked as a cardiothoracic surgeon in hospitals in New York, New Haven, Utah, and Louisville, Kentucky and taught cardiothoracic surgery at Yale University, Yonsei University, and College of Medicine and Severance Hospital, Seoul.  The father of six children, Dr. Kim also devotes his time and energy to public service.  He has been an elder at the Connecticut Korean Presbyterian Church and Vice President of the Miller-Memorial Community since 1987.

Bruce Yongbum Cha, D.M.D. was born in Seoul, Korea and immigrated to the U.S. in 1981. Having graduated from dental schools at Yonsei University and at the University of Connecticut, he went on to receive additional training at the St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT and the specialty training in Endodontics at the University of Connecticut. He has been in practice limited to Endodontics since 1988 in New Haven area. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Endodontics and is a faculty at the Yale Medical School and the University of Connecticut. He has served as the president of the New Haven Dental Association and the Korean American Society of Connecticut. Currently, he serves as the principal of the New Haven Korean School and is a board member at East Rock Institute.

Molly Arabolos graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2000 with a dual degree in history and peace studies. Following graduation she ran her family business, while taking special education certification classes at Southern Connecticut State University. During her time at Southern, Ms. Arabolos was the Graduate Reading Coordinator. Her position included working alongside both Reading and Special Education professors and running a free special education and reading clinic for area children. Currently, Ms. Arabolos teaches at an alternative special education high school for children with severe emotional and behavioral problems.

George Hwang, Esq., was born in 1976 and graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. degree in Economics in 2000 , where he was a New England Scholar and was in the Economics Scholar Program. In 2003 Attorney Hwang received his Juris Doctorate from Rutgers-Newark School of Law. Besides a career in Law, Attorney Hwang is also a 5th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Attorney Hwang owns a martials school in West Hartford and is the Yale University Tae Kwon Do Coach.

Helen Cha-Pyo is beginning her third season as Music Director of the Empire State Youth Orchestra. From 1996 through June 2003, she served on the music staff of the famed Riverside Church in New York City, first as Associate Director of Music and then as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Riverside Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra. She also pioneered the Riverside Music Educational Program. Since 1995 she has been the Assistant Conductor of the Britt Festival in Oregon and also has conducted many orchestras and choruses in Asia, Germany, the Czech Republic, and the United States. Born in Seoul, Korea, she won many competitions as a young pianist and studied both piano and organ in the Pre-College Program at the Juilliard School. After graduating from Oberlin College, she attended the Eastman School of Music where she earned Master of Music degrees in both conducting and organ performance.

Ae-kyung Choi, Ph.D., is a professor of International Office Administration, Ewha Womans University in Korea. She received her master and doctoral degree in SUNY-Albany majoring in Business Education and worked as a consultant in the New York State Education Department for several months. Dr. Choi teaches Human Relations, Work Ethic, and International Office Management. Her major research areas are Business & Work Ethics and Career Development. Her current interests are expanding global internship opportunities for Korean college students and providing educational opportunities and career guidance for the youths from North Korea. She served as Dean of University Relations & Development, Director of Career Development Center, and Director of Ewha Certification Institute. She initiated and has coordinated the Ewha-ERI internship since 2003.

Robert G. LaCamera, M.D., Conference Co-Chairperson is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine. A native of Warren, Ohio, he was educated at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Rochester, receiving his MD from the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati in 1949. He interned in Cincinnati, served two years on active duty as a United States Naval Reserve medical officer during the Korean War and returned to civilian life as a pediatric resident at the Children's and General Hospitals, Louisville , Kentucky from 1952 to 1954. He then came to Yale-New Haven Hospital for a two-year fellowship in clinical pediatrics and in 1956 entered into primary care pediatric practice with Morris Wessel, MD for the next 38 years with a sub-interest in children with special health care needs (disabilities). He has served as Associate Chief of Pediatrics and as President of the Medical Board (staff) of Yale-New Haven Hospital and also on national committees of both the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics. A member of the Board of East Rck Institute since its inception he has lectured on child develpment at Seoul National University and at Keimyung University, Taegu during the first ERI lecture tour in 1995.

Christopher Yongchul Park, M.D., was born in Grand Coulee, WA and grew up in San Antonio, TX. After graduating from Yale College in 1992, he attended the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University and completed his M.D. and Ph.D. studies in 2001. He then served as a pathology resident and hematopathology fellow at Stanford University. He is currently a clinical instructor at Stanford and is studying the molecular and genetic basis of bone marrow failure syndromes. A long-time volunteer at ERI since his days at Yale, he has served as a past co-chair of the ERI collegiate conference as well as convener of the ERI Young Professionals' Retreat.

Christine Mok Christine Mok is an MFA Candidate in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism, is about to begin her final year at Yale School of Drama. Her production credits at Yale School of Drama include Orpheus Descending (dramaturg), The Merchant of Venice (dramaturg), Spring Awakening (dramaturg), and New (dramaturg). Her credits at Yale Cabaret include Fefu and Her Friends (director), Faust Is Dead (dramaturg), In the Heart of America (costume design), The Wild Party (costume design), Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Musical (costume design), and The Santaland Diaries (costume design). She was an Artistic Associate of the 2003-2004 Yale Cabaret. She is Managing Editor of Theater and a Teaching Fellow of Yale College. She received her B.A. in English and Theater from Dartmouth College.

Charles C.S. Kim, M.D., Conference Co-chairperson was born in Seoul, Korea and graduated from Seoul National University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, in 1956.  He completed his medical education in Korea at Seoul National University and Yonsei University.  Since immigrating to the United States, Dr. Kim has worked as a cardiothoracic surgeon in hospitals in New York, New Haven, Utah, and Louisville, Kentucky and taught cardiothoracic surgery at Yale University, Yonsei University, and College of Medicine and Severance Hospital, Seoul.  The father of six children, Dr. Kim also devotes his time and energy to public service.  He has been an elder at the Connecticut Korean Presbyterian Church and Vice President of the Miller-Memorial Community since 1987.

Jane Kang is a legal assistant for the international trade group at the Washington, D.C. office of Dewey Ballantine LLP. As a student, Jane was a part of East Rock Institute's staff and was involved in the planning of last year's Young Professionals Retreat. She graduated from Yale University in 2004 with a B.A. in political science. She has been a steady volunteer at East Rock Institute since her undergraduate years.

Seik Kim was born in Daegoo, Korea in 1976. He earned his BA and MA in economics from Seoul National University where he served as a member of the Student Council in the department of economics.  Currently, he is a graduate student at Yale, studying economics.  He is interested in quantitatively analyzing people’s behavior. His research interests include labor economics and econometrics. He also serves as the Vice President of the Yale University Korean Graduate Student Association.

Daniel Jintae Pyo, M.D., F.A.C.S. is board certified plastic surgeon and a diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery.  Dr. Pyo is a graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  He completed his residency in General Surgery at the University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital, and his residency in Plastic Surgery at Yale University where his research focused in craniofacial surgery and micro vascular surgery.  Dr. Pyo also has extensive training in maxillofacial, hand, burns and cosmetic surgery.  He maintains full plastic surgical privileges at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Overlook Hospital, St. Barnabas Medical Center, Kessler Institute & Rehabilitation in New Jersey.

Jayeon Jenny Ahn was born in Seoul, Korea, where she grew up until she was 9. Her family then immigrated to the United States, and has been living in Los Angeles since. Jayeon received her Bachelor's degree at Stanford University in International Relations in 2003. After graduating, she worked as an English teacher in Japan while learning Japanese for a year. Currently, she's studying International Relations (M.A.) at Yale University. Jayeon's focus is on political economy and security in the East Asian region, but she is interested in international development and international organizations as well.

Steve Chung is the Chief Operating Officer of Pan Media Corporation in Beijing, overseeing all business operations of a company producing a high-profile international talk show broadcasting primetime to 600 million viewers in 280 cities. He is responsible for sales, marketing, distribution, business development and human resources. Previously, Mr. Chung was a financial analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York, responsible for coordinating strategic business plans, operating a global client relationship management effort, and assisting in sales management of the Equities Division. Previously, he was also Director of International Marketing for Posdaq, a leading Korean e-Government solutions company, and led cross-border strategic alliances with U.S. and Indonesian Internet companies. Mr. Chung has served widely in the public sector having worked briefly at the White House, United States Senate, and the British Parliament, among others. He is a founding member of Global Mosaic Group Inc., a U.S.-based non-profit organization that aims to develop future global leaders in foreign policy. Mr. Chung is also a part-time lecturer at the China Foreign Affairs University, the only university affiliated with the Chinese Foreign Ministry. Mr. Chung received his B.A. (magna cum laude) in Government and East Asian Studies from Harvard University.

Doyun Kim was born in Seoul, Korea. His family moved to the U.S. in 1996 and settled in New Jersey. He studied molecular biology and biochemistry at Rutgers University. After college, he worked as research assistant for a year in the areas of human genetics and bioinformatics. Currently, as a first year graduate student in the combined program of biological and biomedical sciences at Yale, he is exploring different fields of biology and trying to determine a specific area he would like to pursue. He hopes to have a research career where he can combine experimental and computational biology.

Jin "PJ" Kim, born in Korea in 1980, is in a three year program to receive both his MBA and master's of public administration at Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government. He graduated from Princeton University in 2001 with a degree from the Woodrow.
Wilson School for Public and International Affairs, where he wrote an award-winning thesis that recommended ways to remedy the shortage of public school teachers in New Jersey. He was also elected president of Princeton's student government and was chosen by students and alumni to serve on its board of trustees until 2005. Prior to graduate school, he worked as a business analyst at McKinsey & Company in New York, spending much of his time serving nonprofit clients. PJ serves on the board of directors of the Korean American League for Civic Action and has worked for Senator Bill Frist and on numerous political campaigns. PJ was also one of the featured subjects in the Public Broadcasting System documentary: 'Arirang: the Korean American Journey' that aired in preparation for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month last May. He intends a career in public service that combines his interests in entrepreneurship, New York City redevelopment, and politics.

Chansok Park is a graduate student at Yale Divinity School, with an emphasis on Biblical studies. He received his B.A. with honors in Western History and Sociology from Seoul National University. After 26 months of military service as a KATUSA soldier in Korea, he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal by the Department of the Army, USA. An active church member, he has represented Korea in several international Christian meetings and fellowships such as the “Presbyterian Youth Triennium” event at Purdue University in 1998. He also served as a student pastor at First Presbyterian church at Dayton, NJ, in 2003. Since the Young Professional Retreat of 2004 he has been actively involved in ERI events: currently he is working as a managing editor of the forthcoming issue of ERI journal, the Korean and Korean American Studies Bulletin, which will discuss the role of Korean American churches in the twenty-first century.

Im Jeung Sohn was born in Seoul in 1978, her family moved to the U.S. in 1983 when she was five years old and stayed there for 7 years. She graduated from Seoul National University with a B.A. in English/Education. Coming out of college she started her career as a consultant at Accenture and following, at KPMG where she was also an accountant. However she desired more hands-on experience in international affairs; she realized that she wanted not just to work in an international business environment, but to have an impact upon it. Embracing her growing passion for international affairs, she decided to pursue another way of life that would allow her to contribute more directly towards the public interest. She now is seeking a master’s degree in International Relations at Yale University. Her concentration of studies is development policy in Asia. After graduation, she looks forward to pursuing a job in the public sector in order to apply her academic knowledge within the real world context.

Yoon-Ho Alex Lee is currently a JD-PhD student at Yale University, studying law and economics.  He came over from South Korea at age twelve and grew up in New Haven, CT.  Prior to attending law school, he received a master's degree in Mathematics from Cambridge University, England and a B.A. in Mathematics from Harvard College.  After finishing his joint-degree program, Alex would like to teach law and economics, and work for the federal government.  While in graduate school, he worked at the U.S. Department of Justice as a law intern and at the President's Council of Economic Advisers as a staff economist. This coming summer he will be interning at Cleary Gottlieb in New York and D.C.  In his spare time, Alex likes to bake pecan pies and chocolate chip cookies.

Yong Joo Song is an advanced doctoral candidate in education at Indiana University. Currently, she teaches curriculum studies at Southern Connecticut State University. She started her career as a Korean history teacher at a junior high school in Seoul, Korea. Embracing her growing passion to seek knowledge about teaching and learning, she came to America in 1992. Her doctoral studies have consisted of an eclectic and fascinating mix of curricular theory and practice, early childhood education and bilingual education. Her current research focus is on utilizing storybooks to develop young bilingual children’s literacy skills. She has been playing an active role in the Korean American Community. She served as the Sunday school director of the Bloomington Korean Church in Indiana for more than 5 years. She is currently serving as a teacher of the Connecticut Saturday Korean School and the New Haven Korean School in Connecticut.