My name is Kyle Yoon, and I am a second generation Korean-American and a junior at Georgetown University. I launched this website in August of 2016 because, despite various history classes at school, my understanding of my own ancestry, Korean history or the history of Korean-Americans in the U.S. was severely lacking. I also knew that I was not alone in feeling this way, particularly within my generation, and I wanted to create a new avenue to address this educational need.
My mission is simple - to create a single, collective database which introduces pivotal events and periods in South Korea's history, as well as native Koreans and Korean-Americans who have reached great heights and made significant contributions to our global society. They are trailblazers and leaders of Korean ancestry, whom I have not learned about in my classrooms so far, but who may very well serve as role models for not only young Korean-Americans but all youth in this country.
To be clear, this website primarily serves as a "Who's Who" among those of Korean ancestry. In other words, I only endeavor to introduce you to these important events and figures, and further invite you to explore more about them on your own - there are no book reports, thesis papers, or political or social commentary on this website.
Lastly, please always be reminded that the Koreans being introduced here were, or are, always in motion. May we always stay in motion to challenge, contribute and to achieve.
Bulletin Board (Updates / Additions / Highlights)
August 15, 2022 - We have added Ham Kee-Yong (함기용), Song Gil-Yoon (송길윤), and Choi Yun-Chil (최윤칠) - who respectively finished in the top 3 positions of the 1950 Boston Marathon for the "Korean Podium Sweep" - to the Modern Historical Figures Chapter.
May 17, 2022 - We have updated the entry for the U.S. Olympic Champion Chloe Kim (김선), who defended her gold medal at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, in the Korean-Americans Chapter.
April 15, 2022 - We have added Cho Seong-Jin (조성진), a world-class pianist, to the Modern Historical Figures Chapter.
August 15, 2016 - This website was officially launched/published on this date in recognition of Korea's Liberation Day (see our Chapter on Pivotal Historic Events & Distinctions).
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South Korea is also known as the Republic of Korea (ROK)
South Korea's population: approx. 51.7 million (2019 estimate) (27th)
South Korea's economy: Nominal GDP approx. $1.8 trillion (10th)
South Korea's area/size: 38,750 sq. miles
(approx. the size of the state of Indiana)
South Korea's Capital: Seoul
South Korea's current President: Yoon Suk-Yeol (윤석열)
(13th President of ROK - since May 2022)
(ROK's President shall only serve one five-year term)
(The Presidential residence is called the Blue House (청와대))
Korean-American population: approx. 1.9 million (2019 estimate - Pew Research Center)
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