Excellent news about two Korean American men who are reaching new heights.
First, Dr. Jim Yong Kim of Harvard Medical School was appointed the President of Dartmouth College. He co-founded the Partners in Health, and is renowned for his work at the World Health Organization. Dr. Kim is an immigrant, having moved from Seoul to Muscatine, Iowa, where his was one of only two Asian families. He attended Muscatine High School, where he was valedictorian, president of his class and quarterback of the football team. He attended Brown University. AND he went onto become a doctor, with M.D. and Ph.D. from Harvard! Good thing he did not live around other Korean American students -- he would have caused all Korean mothers in the area to to peck away at their children.
Dr. Kim will be the first Asian-American head of an Ivy League university. Other prominent Korean Americans in academic leadership posts include Hong-Ju Koh, Dean of Yale Law School. The first Asian-American to head a major research university was Chang-Lin Tien at University of California, Berkeley, the Korean's alma mater.
Second, Sam Yoon, City Councilor of Boston, is running for mayor. He is seeking to unseat Tom Menino, the current mayor who has been in that position for 16 years. City Councilor Michael Flaherty and Kevin McCrea are also in the race. Pundits give Yoon a solid chance to win. According to Paul Watanabe, a political scientist at University of Massachusetts Boston, Yoon "reflects the new Boston. He’s young, there’s a freshness that transcends age. He has a look that reflects the new look of the city and that gives him credibility."
The Korean met Mr. Yoon when he visited New York for a fund raiser. He found Mr. Yoon to be very energetic and optimistic. Visit Sam Yoon's webpage here. Donate to his campaign here.
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