We are very excited about this new stage of development for Korean Studies at Penn thanks to a generous gift from James Joo-Jin Kim and Agnes Kim, and the James and Agnes Kim Family Foundation.
"The University of Pennsylvania today announced a $25 million gift from James Joo-Jin Kim and Agnes Kim, and the James and Agnes Kim Family Foundation, supporting a range of initiatives at Penn. The largest portion of the multifaceted commitment will create the James Joo-Jin Kim Center for Korean Studies in the School of Arts & Sciences."
"Building on his longstanding support, James Joo-Jin Kim endowed the James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies at Penn Arts & Sciences in 2011, putting Penn in the top echelon of universities offering programs in Korean studies. This new commitment will establish an academic center that will provide long-term support for academic and community-focused activities."
“The popularity of Korean music, movies, and television shows has grown global interest in Korean culture and society, providing a unique opportunity for advancing transformative Korean studies,” says Hyunjoon Park, Korea Foundation Professor of Sociology and Director of the James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies. “The establishment of the Kim Center will magnify interdisciplinary teaching and research that integrate social scientific and humanistic approaches and embrace comparative perspectives that connect Korea to broad global communities in addressing worldwide challenges such as inequality, climate change, migration, and pandemics.”
Full article from Penn Today can be found here: Penn receives momentous gift to support Korean Studies, neurovascular surgery, and the Wharton School