Korean American Historical Society (KAHS) has begun a project to document the Korean American communities of the Pacific Northwest. Korean Americans and the communities they have established in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho and Montana, are the subjects of the survey. Topics will include demographics; work and businesses; church life; social, cultural and educational community organizations; political participation; identity and acculturation. The project is expected to continue for three years, and will culminate in a publication.
In support of the project, the Society has received a $3,000 grant from the Overseas Koreans Foundation to begin work. In addition, the Society receives in-kind support from the University of Washington for research staff, as well as the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience for facilities. KAHS is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization, and donations in support of the project are welcome.
The project will be led by retired Western Washington University education professor Robert H. Kim, and coordinated by University of Washington history professor Moon-Ho Jung, who is also president of the Society. Members of the coordinating committee also include Ick-Whan Lee, founder and former president, Matthew Benuska, Secretary Treasurer, and Woonkyung Yeo and Chong Eun Ahn, research assistants at the University of Washington.