More than 110 leaders from Korean-American and Chinese-American communities participated in a community-to-community dialogue at the Asian Cultural Center on Thursday, June 23rd. Ranging from lawyers to CEOs, the participants from diverse fields and sectors met to discuss and collaborate on meeting various common challenges for both communities.
Ambassador Zhang Qiyue, Chinese Consul General, emphasized the importance of both communities in New York and highlighted the need for further similar events. Korean Consul General, Ambassador Gheewhan Kim, encouraged the leaders to further network and build stronger ties.
Cultural performances were offered by both communities. Two Chinese performers played Chinese traditional string instruments. Repertoire of the two ladies comprised a collection of traditional music and fusion rock. Korean fusion band from EnoB, a nonprofit serving the community through music, played Gangnam Style, the all-time-favorite Chinese song, Tian Mi Mi, and The Greatest Love of All in jazz style. The outstanding performances highlighted distinct uniqueness of each culture, but also pointed to how the two communities can work together.
The keynote speeches were given by Mr. Jae Yoon, Senior Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of New York Life Investment Management, and Dr. Xiaole Shen, Senior Scientist of Celgene Corporation. Mr. Yoon pointed out that one of the contributing factors to the success of the Korean communities is education and emphasized that being grateful for the opportunities provided is a key to personal success. Dr. Shen focused on the roles Asian-Americans have played in science and technology. He also stated that cooperation among Asian-Americans would bring progress not just to them but also to the United States.
The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in New York co-hosted the event with the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China. The community dialogue was a part of “A Korea in New York,” an initiative by the Korean Consulate.
This event is featured as a part of “A Korea in New York,” as it aligns with the purpose of the initiative by the Korean Consulate.
“A Korea in New York” is our collective slogan for 2016 that encompasses our aims to promote Korean contents to the communities in New York and the surrounding areas. We want to proactively share these elements in a way that best contributes and gives back to our neighboring communities as well as the entire US.
“A Korea in New York” means:
1. Promoting ONE IMAGE of Korea through partnerships.
2. BRINGING KOREA CLOSER to New Yorkers and beyond by vitalizing Korean culture in the United States, facilitating community cooperation, and creating shared values.
3. Sharing an AUTHENTIC, YET CREATIVE Korea, maintaining tradition while embracing new creative fields; creation of a set of best practices to be used and spread globally.