Korean American HeritagePodcast is produced by Han Kim. Han delves into Korean history and culture and how it has been part of many peoples' identity as Korean Americans. Han plays Korean traditional drums mentors college performers at UCLA, UCI and USC. His family was part of the Independence Movement patriots in Korea and Japan in the early 1900's. Han has a degree in East Asian Studies from UCLA. He is a regional salesman for French's Mustard.
Flip Cuddy is a guest host covering the history of his family and some current topics. He provides details about Dosan Ahn Chang Ho and the formidable family legacy. Occasionally, Flip initiates controversy with his opinionated POV.
Sofia Carlo is a guest host. Sofia is a graduate from UCLA with a degree in Korean language. She is also plays traditional Korean drums and is a member of UCLA's Hanoolim - an organization of young people centered on Korean culture.
2018 National Korean Studies Seminar
June 27 - I was fortunate to be invited as a speaker by Mary Connors and Dr. Sung Kim and meet the National Korean Studies Seminar held at the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles. I enjoyed meeting the educators both Korean and non-Korean. People came to NKSS from Hawaii, Chicago, Michigan and many other places. This is a wonderful group who made the largest Gimbop I have ever seen. Chef Rock Hoon Kim came from Seoul to teach how to make a Party Gimbop - how cool was that!!
I wish I had more time to share the legacy of Dosan Ahn Chang Ho and his family. I highlighted a few of the many experiences the Ahn family encountered as basically the first Korean American family. I mentioned my halmoni Helen Ahn, Philip Ahn and my mother Susan Ahn Cuddy. I barely got into their stories. Is complicated to share the full story of the 140 year legacy which is filled with so many stories in 30 minutes. I opened up a few eyes with the information I was able to tell. I am grateful for this opportunity and appreciate all the attendees and the organizers for this meeting of good people. Education and knowledge are a constant in improving our lives.
I will be building this page trying to provide information and support about my talk today amd more about the Ahn and Cuddy legacy. If anyone from NKSS has any questions or comments please feel free to contct me. Cheers! firstname.lastname@example.org
Link to NKSS
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These are three informative books on Korean and Korean American history. Each book portrays the life of a true role model. I worked on each one of them. There are hardly any original release copies left. Please Google them and you may have good luck finding a decent used one. They are out there to be found.
Love Yourself Love Others is about leadership through Dosan's philosophy of service leadership over power leadership. My sister and I edited the English. I provided most of the photos. I corrected all the historical content making the English version much more accurate than the Korean version. The inclusion of Dosan's writings is cool. The Chronology I wrote is one of the most thorough. The story and ideals about "geese" or "kirogi" is included.
Willow Tree Shade by John Cha is a very nice biographical sketch of my mom's story up to 2003. I supplied the photos, but, I wish they had utilized them better. The images are not crisp or sized properly. Nevertheless, readers will learn a great deal about early Korean immigrants' lives through my mom's life story.
Hollywood Asian by Dr. Hye Sung Chung was inspired by an article I wrote called Born in America for a website in 1996 (a long time ago). I will try to find the article and post it. Philip's story is amazing. This is more of a college level text book accounting the political aspects of my Uncle Philp's movie career and life. My Uncle was the father figure for the Ahns because Dosan was hardly ever with the family. Dosan felt he sinned being such a bad father. Dosan had to save Korea and had no choice but to sacrifice his family. The Ahn siblings looked up to Philip and his mother counted on his strength and support as the oldest boy/man.
Unfortunately. there is no book about my Halmoni. I worked on an article in a magazine I am trying to find and will post it. Her story is actually the most important. Without my grandmother's patriotism, loyalty, courage and love Dosan could not accomplish all he did. She was the second Korean woman to come to America. Dosan and Helen Ahn were the first Korean married couple to come to America. They arrived in San Francisco on October 14, 1902.
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