Institute for Corean-American Studies, Inc.
Paul K Jhin
Office of Planning, Policy and Analysis
U S Peace Corps
Guest of Honour
ICAS Reception & Dinner*
August 14, 2004 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
DoubleTree Guest Suites Plymouth Meeting
640 West Germantown Pike
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
*part of ICAS Summer Symposium:The Korean Diaspora
August 14, 2004 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Montgomery County Community College
Science Centr Room 214
Blue Bell, PA 19422
We are pleased to share with you that Paul K Jhin will be Guest of Honour** at the
ICAS Reception & Dinner and that he will address "The Meaning of American Freedom".
Dr Kyo "Paul" Jhin is the director of Peace Corps' Office of Planning, Policy and Analysis.
In this position, Paul is the Peace Corps liaison to the White House Initiative
on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. His office provides the Agency with statistical
reports about Peace Corps volunteers, country status reports and updates to the
volunteer handbook. He was a keynote speaker at the International Conference on
Volunteerism, held in Seoul, Korea sponsored by the International Association for
Volunteer Efforts, November, 2002.
Prior to this appointment, Paul served
as the Director of the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging, Los Angeles(NAPCA,
LA), and also served as Commissioner of the California Postsecondary Education Commission.
At NAPCA in Los Angeles, he directed the Senior Community Service Employment and
Community Capacity Building Programs for 200 seniors and worked with seventy community
agencies. During 1997-1999, NAPCA-LA successfully conducted seven town hall meetings
for Asian Pacific Islander older Americans. Paul has testified before Federal,
state and local aging agencies and organizations about the needs of Asian Pacific
Islander older Americans.
Dr Jhin has had over twenty-five years of experience
in administration, organizational planning and management. During 1990-1993, Paul
served as Executive Assistant to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. In this Senior
Executive position, he served as a personal advisor and consultant to the Secretary
on the formulation of broad department policies and the implementation of Department
of Veterans Affairs programs authorized by Congress and mandated by the President.
Paul's major responsibility was to launch Total Quality Management (TQM) initiatives
in the agency and transform the VA to adopt TQM culture.
During 1983-1990, Paul served as Assistant Superintendent for Educational Technology in the District of
Columbia Public School system. Prior to that,he was the Director of Special Projects
at the U S Department of Education.
Dr Jhin's many achievements have been recognized
at the national level and he has numerous significant honors including "Who's Who
Among Students in American Universities and Colleges" and "Outstanding Young Men
of America". Paul also received "Kukmin-Hunchang Dongpaik-Chang", the highest civilian
award from the Korean government. He was named "Huntsville's Outstanding Young
Educator of the Year" by the Huntsville Alabama Jaycees, and "Alabama's Outstanding
Young Educator of the Year" by the Alabama Jaycees. Paul also received the prestigious
"Distinguished Service Award" from the Federal Council of Asian Pacific Americans.
He served as the National Chairman of the Asian American Voters Coalition (AAVC).
In 1987, during his administration, Paul and 15 members of the Asian American Delegation
met with President Ronald Reagan in the Cabinet Room at the White House to encourage
him to appoint Asian Americans to the Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission(EEOC). Paul was the principal spokesman of the AAVC Delegation.
That same year, President Reagan appointed Sherwin Chang to the Civil Rights Commission
and Dr Joy Cherian to the EEOC.
In 1969, the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce selected Paul as one of four Outstanding Young Educators of America. In 1975, the President of the United States appointed him to serve as a member of the National
Advisory Council on Adult Education.
Paul has earned five college degrees: an Associate
in Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Freed-Hardeman University, a Bachelors degree
in Mathematics from David Lipscomb University, a Master degree in Government and
International Relations from New York University, a second Master degree in Mathematics
from Boston College, and a Doctorate in Mathematics Education from Auburn University.
He is fluent in English and Korean, and has facility in Japanese and Greek.
Dr Jhin has made numerous speeches throughout the United States and the world. Paul
has brought special attention to the strengths of America through his frequent speeches
on "The Meaning of American Freedom." He is married to Hyo Bee Choi.
**previous Guest of Honours include:
Michael S Brown, Elaine L Chao, Shinae Chun,
Viet D Dinh, Becky N Dunlop, John Q Duong, Edwin J Feulner Jr, Tony P Hall,
Seung Soo Han, Charles Kartman, Takekazu Kawamura, Jeong H Kim, Lawrence R Klein,
Harold Hongju Koh, Zhaoxing Li, Jerome J Shestack, Richard L Walker, Curt Weldon,
Alfred P West, John C Yoo
Sang Joo Kim / signed
Sr. Fellow & Executive Vice President