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[PROFILE] Sue Ann Kim

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    Sue Ann Kim, a Pioneer in the Korean American Community, Creates Endowed Scholarship and Sponsors Celebration for UCLA Asian American Studies Center ** 1ST
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 13, 2002
      Sue Ann Kim, a Pioneer in the Korean American Community, Creates
      Endowed Scholarship and Sponsors Celebration for UCLA Asian American
      Studies Center

      UCLA was a different place when Sue Ann Kim received her doctorate
      from the university in 1970. There were only a handful of Asian
      Americans on campus. Indeed, Kim was the first Korean woman to
      receive a doctorate from UCLA, and the Asian American Studies Center
      was just getting off the ground.

      Today, Asian Americans are the fastest growing group on campus, with
      more than 11,500 students enrolled at the university. The Asian
      American Studies Center is ranked number one in the nation, and Kim
      has become an important figure in expanding the center's scope.

      Kim, 78, of Pasadena established the Sue Ann Kim Endowed Scholarship
      to support, in perpetuity, Korean American Studies by UCLA
      undergraduate and graduate students. The scholarship also supports
      the Korea Times-Hankook Ilbo endowed chair in Korean American

      On Saturday, Nov. 16, Kim also will sponsor the center's 33rd
      Anniversary Dinner, which will feature such notable Asian Americans
      as author/journalist Helen Zia and John Kobara, businessman and
      former UCLA vice chancellor.

      "We are tremendously honored by Dr. Kim's generosity and commitment
      to our center, and to the support of UCLA students interested in
      Korean American Studies," said Don Nakanishi, director of the Asian
      American Studies Center. "Dr. Kim has led a remarkable life of
      service and achievement, and has contributed immensely to enhancing
      the lives of children, families, women and immigrants in Southern
      California through her career and numerous voluntary leadership

      "Her 'American Dream' has been to make it possible for others to
      reach their full potential in this society," Nakanishi said.

      Kim is proud of the center's accomplishments over the years and wants
      to continue to help it grow.

      "I appreciate UCLA and will help in any way I can," said Kim, who has
      worked as an administrative coordinator for the Department of
      Children and Family Services for Los Angeles County since 1975.

      ** BACKGROUND **
      Kim was born in Taegur, South Korea, and taught and worked as a
      principal there for over ten years. She is a survivor of the Korean
      War and remembers a time in South Korea when "all the country was
      just ashes, everything was just burned." She came to the United
      States on a Fulbright Fellowship in 1959. Kim received her doctorate
      in education at UCLA in 1970. Her dissertation focused on how
      vocational education could be improved in South Korea.

      Kim has served as President of the YWCA of Los Angeles; chair of the
      Board of the Pacific Consortium on Employment (PACE); vice chair of
      the Board of the Korean Institute of Southern California; and on
      numerous other community organizations. She also has been honored by
      the Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission in its "Bicentennial
      Salute to Los Angeles Women of the Year" and has received numerous
      other awards.

      Helen Zia, author of "Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an
      American People" and co-author of "My Country Versus Me" about Wen Ho
      Lee, will be the dinner's keynote speaker. Tritia Toyota, former
      journalist and co-founder of the National Asian American Journalists
      Association, will be the mistress of ceremonies.

      Honorees include Govind B. Bhakta, businessman and author of "Patels:
      A Gujarati Community History in the United States"; the Asian Pacific
      Policy & Planning Council; and John Kobara.

      Special tributes will be paid to Yuji Ichioka, professor and one of
      the center's founders, and Harry Kitano, professor emeritus and one
      of the leading authorities on race and ethnic relations.

      The reception/silent auction starts at 5:30 p.m. and dinner takes
      place at 7 p.m. at the UCLA Faculty Center, 480 Charles E. Young Dr.

      For dinner tickets and reservations, please contact the UCLA Asian
      American Studies Center, 310.825.2974.

      JPEGS of Kim, speakers, and honorees are available.

      Don T. Nakanishi, Ph.D.
      Director and Professor
      UCLA Asian American Studies Center
      3230 Campbell Hall
      Los Angeles, CA 90095-1546
      web site for Center: www.sscnet.ucla.edu/aasc
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