[KS] "Min-Sok: Korean Heritage in San Francisco"
Chris K. Lee
cklee at iic.edu
Tue Jun 17 17:24:58 EDT 2003
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, 94102
For Immediate Release
Contact: Gabrielle Jones
May 15, 2003
San Francisco Public Library presents
"Min-Sok: Korean Heritage in San Francisco"
June 14-August 21, 2003
CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF KOREAN-AMERICAN HISTORY THROUGH PICTURES AND
San Francisco - This year marks the centennial celebration of
Korean-Americans in the United States. The "Min-Sok: Korean Heritage in
San Francisco," exhibit opens Saturday, June 14, at the San Francisco
Public Library's International Center, 100 Larkin Street at Grove, San
"Min-Sok: Korean Heritage in San Francisco" gives audiences a first hand
account of how Korean immigrants struggled to maintain a rich culture as
they settled in San Francisco. "Min-Sok" means "folk culture" and
represents Korean heritage and identity in the United States.
Photographs and documents from private collections - many never before
exhibited -offer a window into a rarely seen part of bay area history.
Telegrams from 1945 reveal how many bay area Koreans rallied to support
their countrymen who were becoming victims of the North-South divide in
As apart of this exhibit honoring Korean-Americans, an exclusive public
screening of "Arirang: The Korean American Journey," will also take
place on Sunday, June 22, 2003 at 2:00pm in the Koret Auditorium at the
San Francisco Main Library. Philip Cuddy, the grandson of Do-San Ahn
Chang-Ho, a famous Korean patriot and hero
Min Sok: Korean Heritage in San Francisco
May 12, 2003
highlighted in the film, will lead a discussion on the immigration
activities that surrounded the Korean American community in the bay
area. "It is an honor for me, a third generation Korean American, to
have an opportunity to share stories and insight of the movement my
grandfather dedicated his life to. The exhibit, film, and discussion at
the San Francisco Public Library enables us to learn more about the
history of a community that is well established in the bay area," said
Producer Tom Coffman has created a dramatic documentary that covers the
background of political forces in Korea that drove immigrants overseas,
their arrival in Hawaii 100 years ago, and work by political leaders in
exile to restore sovereignty. A discussion and reception will
immediately follow the screening.
"Min-Sok: Korean Heritage in San Francisco" and "Arirang: The Korean
American Journey," are part of a centennial celebration of
Korean-Americans presented by the Intercultural Institute of California.
The Intercultural Institute of California is a non-profit organization
in San Francisco dedicated to Korean cultural studies. For more
information regarding the exhibit, call (415) 441-1884, or on the web,
at www.iic.edu <http://www.iic.edu/> .
NOTE TO EDITORS
Mr. Phillip Cuddy, is available for recorded or live interviews, please
call Gabrielle Jones at 415-557-4282 to arrange an interview with Mr.
Chris K. Lee(cklee at iic.edu)
Intercultural Institute of California
1362 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Tel: 415)441-1884, eFax)775-201-5626
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