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3 WEEK SPECIAL COURSES

We are offering special courses as we wait for our regular session to begin in January. This time, we are offering three new special course offering.

Register TODAY as class sizes are limited.
Classes Suited for all levels. Prerequisite:
 Korean Fundamentals or equivalent experience (ability to read Hangul and understand sentence structure)

All classes $89 + $5 Material Fee.

Korean for Travel
Tuesdays, December 3, 10, 17 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM 

In this course, students will learn practical Korean through a virtual trip to Korea. Students will experience various situations that they would face in Korea, and will explore aspects of Korean culture. Students will simulate various travel situations including planning their own trips.

Learning Korean Though TV Shows & Film: 
Wednesdays, December 4, 11, 18 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

This short course students will learn Korean phrases through watching film clips and Korean variety shows. Students will learn phrases, idioms, and slang terms used by everyday Koreans. 

Korean Through Food and Shopping: 
Saturdays, December 7, 14, 21 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Students will learn different phrases that are needed in various shopping situations ranging from going to a grocery store, a department store, and traditional Korean market. Students will learn about ordering various types of food at a Korean restaurant. Lastly, students will read a recipe to make a simple Korean dish using prepared ingredients.

FALL 2019 ADULT KOREAN LANGUAGE CLASS REGISTRATION

Irvine King Sejong Institute: We offer the only comprehensive Korean language program in Orange County.  Our adult Korean language program is designated by S. Korea as a King Sejong Institute. Check us out in the OC Register , LA Times, and NBC News! 

Fall Session I: September 7 – November 13 (10 Weeks) – REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED – Add yourself to our interest list for Winter 2020 beginning in January. We will inform you as soon as registration is open.

Each class runs for 2 hours during the course of the 10-week semester for only $199! Must be 16 years and over. We invite those younger to join our youth classes. All Classes held at: Korean American Center, 18 Truman, Irvine, CA 92620

Students who can not read Korean must register in Korean Fundamentals.Classes in the same level are the same, just different time and day. Select which works best for your schedule. 

Fall Session I: September 7 – November 9

ClassDay Times
Korean Fundamentals – SatSaturday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Korean Fundamentals – WedWednesday6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Level 1 – Sat Saturday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Level 1 – TueTuesday6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Level 2 – SatSaturday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Level 2 – WedWednesday6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Level 3 – SatSaturday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Level 3 – Mon Monday6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Level 4 Saturday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Level 5 Saturday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Level 6Saturday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Fall Session II: October 7- December 9

ClassDayTimes
Korean Fundamentals – MonMonday6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Each class needs a minimum of 4 students to remain open. If minimum registration is not met, classes may be cancelled. Enroll now to ensure your class remains open. 

WHICH CLASS SHOULD I TAKE?

For those students or those with absolutely no experience or very little experience in Korean should register for Korean Fundamentals. Students with a Korean heritage background who cannot read Hangul will also be asked to start with Korean Fundamentals. All other students should review ourKorean Class Descriptions

If you are still unsure which level to take, you can request a placement test by email so we can assess which level would be best. Please contact us by email to request the test.

BOOKS: We will be using books by King Sejong Institute. Each book will be used for multiple levels.

Books can be purchased on the first day of class for $25

  • Sejong Korean Conversation 1 by King Sejong Institute Foundation Publishing Classes: Korean Fundamentals, Level 1, and Level 2
  • Sejong Korean Conversation 2 by King Sejong Institute Foundation Publishing Classes: Level 3 and Level 4:
  • Sejong Korean Conversation 3 by King Sejong Institute Foundation Publishing Classes: Level 5 and Level 6.

TERMS (Please read before registering): 

  • FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE (except in the case of class cancellation by KAC). Please do not register if you are unsure. 
  • Fees are non-transferable to another semester. No Credits will be given for missed classes. Since we are a nonprofit organization, we do not have the administrative capacity to handle these requests.
  • Fees do not include books. Books can either be purchased through Korean American Center. We only accept cash and checks only for book purchases.
  • Fees may be tax deductible, talk to your financial advisor for details.
  • Checks can be made out to: “Korean American Center
  • Fees must be paid prior to the beginning of class. Registration is not considered complete unless fees are fully paid. 

SPRING & SUMMER 2019 ADULT KOREAN LANGUAGE CLASS REGISTRATION

Irvine King Sejong Institute: We offer the only comprehensive Korean language program in Orange County.  Our adult Korean language program is now designated by S. Korea as a King Sejong Institute. Check us out in the OC Register , LA Times, and NBC News! 

SPRING: April 6, 2019 – June 20, 2019 (10 Weeks) (No Class Saturday 4/20 and Monday 5/27) –

SUMMER SESSION I: June 4, 2019 – August 6, 2019 (10 Weeks) – Registration is closed

SUMMER II 2019 SESSION: Saturdays, June 29, 2019 – August 31, 2019 (10 Weeks) – Registration is closed

Please add yourself to our interest list and we will notify you when registration opens for our Fall semester which starts in September.

NEW CLASSES!!

This semester, we are offering 2 new Korean language courses: Professional (Formal) Korean and Korean for Travel.

Professional/Business Korean: Take your Korean to the next level!! This class will be conducted using only formal Korean 존댓말.  This level is used beyond business settings, but also the level used when first meeting someone, when speaking to customers, elders, superiors, and when delivering presentations. It is the form used in the military, in many workplaces, and in news broadcasts.  The goal of this course is to develop high communicative skills and to acquire further comprehension ability in a more formal situations. Students will use the formal “I” form 저, will learn to make a statement using ~ㅂ니다,  ask a question ~ㅂ니까?, make a request using ~십시오, and  express a proposition or expression using ~ㅂ시다. Prerequisite: Level 2 or equivalent proficiency.

Korean for Travel: Students will learn expressions, vocabulary, and conversation dialogues for various traveling situations that may occur between the student’s arrival to Korea through departure. Topics include transportation, accommodations, meals, shopping, pop culture, and sight seeing. Students will also learn about essential cultural and travel information.  Prerequisite: Level 1 or have equivalent proficiency.  

Each class runs for 2 hours during the course of the 10-week semester for only $199!

SPRING SCHEDULE: April 6, 2019 – June 20, 2019 (No Classes on Saturday April 20th and Monday, May 27th)

Students who can not read Korean must register in Korean Fundamentals.

Spring 2019 Class OfferingDay Times
Korean Fundamentals – SatSaturday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Korean Fundamentals – MonMonday6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Level 1 – SatSaturday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Level 1 – WedWednesday6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Level 2 – SatSaturday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Level 2 – MonMonday6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Level 3 – Saturday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Level 4 Saturday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Level 5 Saturday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Professional KoreanThursday6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Classes in the same level are the same, just different time and day. Select which works best for your schedule.

*No Classes on Saturday, April 20th. No Classes Monday, May 27th. All sections within a level are exactly the same – only the day and time are different. All classes will be in Irvine. 

Classes held at: Korean American Center, 18 Truman, Irvine, CA 92620

Each class needs a minimum of 4 students to remain open. If minimum registration is not met, classes may be cancelled. Enroll now to ensure your class remains open. 

PLACEMENT:   For those students or those with no experience or background in Korean will automatically be placed in Korean Fundamentals. Students with a Korean heritage background who cannot read Hangul will also be asked to start with Korean Fundamentals.

All other students should review our Korean Class Descriptions

If you are still unsure which level to take, you can request a placement test by email so we can assess which level would be best. Please contact us by email to request the test.

BOOKS: We will be using books by King Sejong Institute. Each book will be used for multiple levels.

Books can be purchased on the first day of class for $25

  • Classes: Korean Fundamentals, Level 1, and Level 2 Sejong Korean Conversation 1 by King Sejong Institute Foundation Publishing
  • Classes: Level 3 and Level 4: Sejong Korean Conversation 2 by King Sejong Institute Foundation Publishing
  • Classes: Level 5: Sejong Korean Conversation 3 by King Sejong Institute Foundation Publishing
  • Korean for Travel: 여행 한국어 by King Sejong Institute Foundation Publishing

TERMS (Please read before registering): 

  • Registration is not complete until payment is received.
  • FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE (except in the case of class cancellation by KAC). Please do not register if you are unsure. 
  • Fees are non-transferable to another semester. No Credits will be given for missed classes. Since we are a nonprofit organization, we do not have the administrative capacity to handle these requests.
  • Fees do not include books. Books can either be purchased through Korean American Center. We only accept cash and checks only for book purchases.
  • Fees may be tax deductible, talk to your financial advisor for details.
  • Checks can be made out to: “Korean American Center
  • Fees must be paid prior to the beginning of class. Registration is not considered complete unless fees are fully paid. 

Special 3 Week Korean Courses

During the month of December, the Korean American Center will be offering two unique Korean short courses. Classes will be held at the Korean American Center in Irvine. Both classes are perfect for ALL LEVELS. Class size limited.

Classes will take place at
Korean American Center
18 Truman St.
Irvine, CA 92620

Register Now

 

Korean Idioms & Expressions  (속담과 관용어)

TUESDAYS, Dec 4, 2018 – Dec 18, 2018

Like with any other language, Korean offers a lot of proverbs & idiomatic expressions. Often the meaning of these expressions completely differ from the literal meaning. In this class we will break down some of the most common expressions that every native Korean speaker knows. All Levels welcomed. Prerequisite: Must be able to read Korean. We will not be teaching Hangul. All material will be in Korean, there will be no Romanization.

 

Learn Korean Through K-Dramas

THURSDAYS, Dec 6, 2018 – Dec 20, 2018

Suitable for all levels, this Korean class is designed to expand your Korean language skills through dramas in a fun and entertaining way. It’s a great way to learn grammar, phrases, and expressions. Learners will explore Korean culture and lifestyle and participate in their own drama dialogue. Prerequisite: Must be able to read Korean. We will not be teaching Hangul. All material will be in Korean, there will be no Romanization.

 

 

Empowering the Korean-American Business Community

For the past 40 years, The Korean American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County (“KACCOC”) has played a vital role within the Korean business community. The role of the chambers has evolved to address the shift in demographics and strong contributions Koreans have made to the greater economy. No longer is the chamber limited to serving Korean “mom and pop” businesses in need of English assistance or help navigating though bookkeeping and licensing, but has evolved to serve as a bridge between Korean and mainstream businesses,  local governments, and those looking to harness the power of the Korean business community. The chamber develops programs and workshops to empower Korean-American business owners as as providing access for mainstream business wanting to do business with those in the Korean community.

We sat down with the president of the Korean American Chamber, Ho-El Park to learn more about the chamber and its upcoming Asian Business Expo. 

OCKorean: Tell us about yourself

Ho-El:  I am a 1.5 generation Korean American and the 40th president of the Korean American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County (“KACCOC”).  My day job is a lawyer mainly practicing business and real estate law. 

OCKorean: Tell us about the Korean American Chamber of Commerce Orange County (KACCOC)

Ho-El:  Established in 1978, KACCOC has been serving the Korean business community for  40 years.  KACCOC serves as the bridge between Korean and the mainstream community. Our mission is to promote the success and advancement of our members through networking, education, advocacy and collaboration with all of Orange County area community.

OCKorean: What are some of the major accomplishments KACCOC has achieved?

Ho-El:  Over the past 40 years, some of our accomplishments include building a Korean District Monument in Garden Grove, starting a Korean Cultural Festival in Orange County, partnering up with Hanyang University in Korea to launch a Global CEO program here in Orange County, and holding business education seminars by various professionals, civic servants, and elected officials.  In 2011,  KACCOC partnered up with Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce to start the Orange County Asian Business Expo (“OCABE”).

OCKorean: Why did the chamber begin the Orange County Asian Business Expo?

Ho-El: We recognize that Orange County has one of the largest Asian populations in the country and is growing exponentially as we speak.  It’s hard to find places where Asian businesses have not yet surfaced. The Asian businesses are no longer the small “mom and pop” stores but leaders and innovators in various industries, reshaping the mainstream economy, locally and internationally!  There is a rising interest in Asian businesses and the community’s continual desire to discover ways to learn more about them.  Through the expo, we not only want to celebrate the success of the Asian Businesses in Orange County but to provide an opportunity for the participants and attendees to explore other ethnic markets and increase market/customer base. 

OCKorean: Is there a theme for the Asian Business Expo this year?

Ho-El:  Yes, the theme is the “Taste and Beauty of Asia”.  It’s apparent that the Asian beauty products and food are exploding in the mainstream market.  We hope to attract more vendors and attendees to experience the increasing popularity of beauty and food products of Asian companies.

OCKorean: Who are some of the participants in this Asian Business Expo?

Ho-El:  So far, we’ve confirmed that major companies like Smart & Final, Nongshim, and Costco are attending.  We also have some franchises like 7 Leaves Café and Honeymee.  The list is growing and you can only find out if you attend!

OCKorean:  Who should attend this year’s expo?

Ho-El: Everyone! However, this event would be ideal and beneficial to those who want to expose their products to the OC mainstream but do not have much funds or network to do so.  It would be a great way to introduce their products and perhaps find other B2B connections to launch and spread them throughout the mainstream end-buyers.

OCKorean:  Is there a cost to attend?

Ho-El: If you are just attending, it is free, but you have to register through theasianbusinessexpo.com.  There will be free give away items and items for purchase on the spot.  If you are a vendor, you can purchase a booth, advertise via the LED screen and/or the program booklet.

OCKorean:  What makes this expo unique compared to other expos?

Ho-El:  This expo is a true collaboration. We have partnered with nearly every Asian American business organizations, such as the Vietnamese American Chambers, Friends of Thailand, China/US Business Association, and Hong Kong Association of California, just to name a few. We have also partnered  mainstream local chambers throughout Orange County such as Irvine Chambers, North Orange County Chambers and Garden Grove Chambers. This strong collaboration makes us the most unique business expo in not only Orange County, but throughout the state of California. 

OCKorean:  What benefits can be seen by participating in this Expo?

Ho-El:  This is a great opportunity for anyone to have direct access and contact with businesses that would otherwise be inaccessible and unapproachable.   There’s no doubt that “face-to-face” networking is better than communicating via the Internet and social media. Accordingly, the success of this event depends on the level of everyone’s “participation”.  I hope that all of the attendees would stop by each booth and take a good 10 minutes or so to learn about the participating businesses.  Attendees should also mingle and get to know each other better, including our VIPs (local community leaders, elected officials, etc.)

OCKorean:  How can one participate or learn more about the Asian Business Expo?

Ho-El:  Go to TheAsianBusinessExpo.com or kaccoc.org.

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Korean Through K-Drama

CLASS OPEN IN DECEMBER 2018. CLICK HERE FOR DATES AND REGISTRATION

Korean American Center is offering a special three week “Learn Korean Through K-Drama” class during the month of June. This Korean class is designed to expand your Korean language skills through dramas in a fun and entertaining way. Classes will begin June 7, 2018 from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM in Irvine.   SUITABLE FOR ALL LEVELS (ability to read is required). 

K-Dramas is the one of the biggest trends in the world that connects people to the Korean culture and lifestyle. 

If you LOVE Korean Dramas, then you will LOVE this Korean language class!

 

Watching Korean dramas are a great way to learn the Korean language and culture. In class, we will watch segments of popular Korean dramas, learn to recite a few lines from various scenes, and learn new grammar and vocabulary. Students must be willing to perform a brief skit in front of a small audience at the end of the three weeks.  Please note: All material will be in Korean, there will be no Romanization. This class will NOT teach Hangul (Korean Alphabet).  You must already know Hangul in order to take this class. 

Learning Through Dramas is Fun! 

Not only is learning through dramas is fun, but it’s also an great way to learn:

  • Korean vocabulary
  • Korean grammar
  • Korean conversation
  • Korean contractions
  • Korean expressions and catchy phrases
  • Korean culture and lifestyle

This class has been designed for ALL Levels! Whether you’re a beginning learner or advanced – this class will be perfect!

 

When Are Classes?

Classes will run every Thursdays from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM for three weeks.
1. Thursday, June 7, 2018
2.Thursday, June 14, 2018
3.Thursday, June 21, 2018

Classes will take place at Korean American Center in Irvine.
18 Truman St, #208
Irvine, CA 92620

How Much? 
The entire 3 week session is $59.
 plus a $5 material fee.  All proceeds for this program go to support the Korean American Center.  Registration is limited, so register today.

TERMS (Please read before registering): 

  • Registration is not complete until payment is received.
  • Fees are non-refundable (except in the case of class cancellation by KAC). Please do not register if you are unsure.
  • Fees are non-transferable to another semester. No Credits will be given for missed classes. Since we are a volunteer run organization, we do not have the administrative capacity to handle these requests.
  • This class is intended for those who already know Hangul, if you do not know Hangul, please do not register for this class. We would love to have you attend our Korean Fundamentals Class in January. ♥

The Korean American Center’s “Learning Korean Through K-Dramas” Class is a FUN and CREATIVE way to learn Korean!

Power Korean Vocabulary Class

REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED

Korean American Center is offering a special three week “Power Vocabulary” class designed to expand your Korean vocabulary through Sino-Korean root words, or Hanja. 

Classes will run from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM for three weeks.
1. Wednesday, November 29, 2017
2. Wednesday, December 6, 2017
3. Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Why study Hanja? Sino-Korean or Hanja(Korean: 한자, Hanja: 漢字) is the Korean name for Chinese characters.  Sino-Korean words today make up about 60% of the Korean vocabulary. Having a little background knowledge in Sino root words will give you clearer understanding about the Korean language. Since many Korean words are derived from Hanja even knowing some basic words can greatly increase your vocabulary and knowledge of Korean.

This class will not be focused on writing Hanja, but rather learning Sino-Korean root words that will help you understand more Korean words. 

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Primary Care Physician

This is an excellent opportunity to serve the Korean community in a meaningful way, maintain great work-life balance, while earning competitive market compensation.  Please share with anyone who you feel might be interested.

Position: Primary Care Physician
Location: KCS Health Center, Buena Park, CA
Full Time or Part Time

Based in Buena Park, CA, KCS Health Center is a non-profit community clinic that aims to serve the growing underserved population of Orange County, in particular the Korean population. KCS (Korean Community Services) was founded in 1977 with the goal of providing social services and community outreach to the ever-expanding population of Korean immigrants. Today, KCS Health Center has become a pillar within the community we serve. At KCS Health Center, Our mission is to improve the health of Orange County residents through excellence in patient care, education, and research. We thrive to provide individuals with comprehensive integrated care by delivering services for primary care, health navigation, behavioral health, and more. We seek to provide patient-centered health care in a linguistically appropriate, compassionate, and sensitive manner.

KCS Health Center provides primary health care services to improve the health and well-being of our patients. The services provided include:

  • Routine Office Visits
  • Physical Examinations
  • Referrals for laboratory testing, imaging, and other specialty providers
  • Health Education
  • Diabetes Management
  • TB Screenings
  • Women’s Health (Pap Smear and Mammogram)
  • Flu Shots

As a result of our growth, we are currently in search of a Primary Care Physician with a passion for improving the health of our community. As an NP or PA for KCS Health Center, you will look after the health of our patients and deliver continual care through health maintenance, disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment for acute and chronic illnesses.

The duties of this position will include:

  • Interviewing and obtaining medical/psychiatric histories of development, illnesses, and treatments
  • Obtaining medical records from outside health care providers
  • Determining, ordering and performing diagnostic tests required by medical necessity
  • Providing chronic and urgent care
  • Providing specialty care referrals
  • Suturing and small surgical procedures as required
  • May provide treatment to individuals with behavioral health conditions (mental health and substance abuse)
  • Developing, implementing, and monitoring patient treatments plans
  • Serving as a liaison with other programs and departments in reaching satisfactory solutions and interventions
  • Providing supervision to nursing staff

Overview of KCS Healthcare Center operations:

  • Clinic operating hours: Mon-Fri, 9:00 AM-5:30 PM
  • Full time
  • Daily census is approximately 20 patients per day
  • Panel Age range is 16-100
  • Outpatient only
  • Centralized case management

In order to be considered for this position, candidates must meet the required qualifications:

  • MD or DO Degree
  • Board Certification in family medicine
  • Current California medical license
  • Medi-Cal Approval
  • Consideration will be given to candidates with Korean or Spanish language skills

Compensation package includes:

  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience
  • Medical benefits
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid malpractice insurance
  • One (1) week of CME paid time off annually
  • Annual CME reimbursement of $2,000
  • $500 annually for additional professional memberships
  • DEA and Board Certification renewal fees
  • Paid holidays and accrued vacation

Interested and qualified candidates are encourage to send their CV directly to Tammy Kim at tkim@kcsinc.org

KCS Health Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Win Tickets To See GOOK

Samuel Goldwyn Films and Korean American Center have partnered up to give away two pairs of tickets to see the film GOOK on Saturday, August 26th at 7:00 PM at the Edwards University Town Center 6. LIKE and SHARE our post on Facebook or on Instagram for a chance to win.

SYNOPSIS

Eli (Chon) and Daniel (So) are two Korean American brothers that run their late father’s shoe store in a predominantly African American community of Los Angeles. These two brothers strike up a unique and unlikely friendship with an 11-year-old African American girl, Kamilla (Baker). As Daniel dreams of becoming a recording artist and Eli struggles to keep the store afloat, racial tensions build to a breaking point in L.A. as the “infamous” L.A. Riots break out.

WRITTEN BY

Justin Chon

DIRECTOR

Justin Chon

PRODUCED BY

James J. Yi
Alex Chi