ICAS Bulletin
Institute for Corean-American Studies, Inc.

July 26, 2004

Paul K Jhin
Office of Planning, Policy and Analysis
U S Peace Corps
Washington,D C

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

Dear Friend:

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

ICAS Fellow