ICAS Bulletin
Institute for Corean-American Studies, Inc.

July 12, 2005

Hon Jason Kim

Palisades Park, New Jersey

to address
Empowerment, Our Voice and Our Place

ICAS Summer Symposium: The Korean Diaspora
August 6, 2005 Saturday 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Montgomery County Community College Science Center room 214
Blue Bell, PA 19422

Dear Friend:

We are pleased to share with you that Hon Jason Kim will address the ICAS Summer Symposium: The Korean Diaspora.

Jason Kim, a Councilman (D) of Palisades Park, New Jersey, is the first Korean-American elected as a councilman on the East Coast of the United States. Prior to his election to Council in November 2004, Jason served on the Palisades Park Board of Education for eight years, during which time he was the first Korean-American to be elected as Board President.

Councilman Kim was born in Seoul, Korea, and came to the United States in 1975. Jason received his Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Queens College of City University of New York and further studied Computing and Education at Teachers College of Columbia University, New York. For the past twenty years, he has worked with young people to encourage them in civic engagement. Jason has also been an active advocate of the Korean-American community's involvement in political processes, working to bridge gaps between the Korean-American community and other communities, as well as gaps between younger generation and first generation Korean-Americans. He is the founder and President of the Korean-American Voters Association of New Jersey (KAVA), which was established in 1992 to promote active political involvement of Korean-Americans.

Jason has also served on numerous committees, including the Bergen County Workforce Investment Board, the Bergen County Task Force on Youth Violence, the Bergen County Human Services Advisory Council, and the Bergen County Korean-American Democratic Club.

In addition to his public service, Jason has been a lecturer at the Bronx Community College for the past twenty years. He is the president of Jason Kim Academy, a private education center that provides college preparatory classes for elementary and high school students.

Jason is married to Arianna Kim, Ph.D., a research scientist at Columbia University, New York, and together, they have three young children, Audrey, Bryan, and Christopher.

Sang Joo Kim / signed
Sr. Fellow & Executive Vice President

ICAS Fellow