Also Known As, Inc. Celebrating 15th Year Anniversary

For those of you unfamiliar with Also Known As, inc. (AKA), it is one the oldest adult Korean adoptee organizations in the U.S. and through out the world.  For fifteen years AKA has provided adult adoptees in the New York City area with exciting and educational programs and events.  At the end of April, AKA will celebrate their 15th year anniversary with a celebratory conference in NYC.  The celebration will feature a conference focused on all issues related to Korean adoption and a number of great events as well.

I’m pleased to be a presenter at the conference, and hope that all of you adoptees out there will consider attending.  Prices are going up steadily however.  I was just recently alerted that their early  bird rates will end this Thursday.  So, if you would like to go, please take a look at their website:  http://www.15thanniversary.alsoknownas.org/

Here is some additional information about the anniversary celebration from their most recent email newsletter.

Don’t miss the Also-Known-As 15th Anniversary! REGISTER TODAY!

Many Faces, Many Lives:  Celebrating the International Adoptee Community!

April 29 – May 1, 2011

We want to extend a warm invitation to all Also-Known-As members, families and friends to celebrate our 15th Anniversary with us from April 29, 2011 to May 1, 2011!  For those from out of town, this is a great opportunity to see old friends and meet new ones while exploring New York City. For those of you who are in the area and may have been out of touch, there’s no better time than now to reconnect with Also-Known-As! For 15 years, Also-Known-As has provided services to international Adoptees, their families and friends, and we could not have continued to develop our diverse programs without your endless support. Please join us to celebrate all that we have accomplished!

REGISTER TODAY AT www.15thanniversary.alsoknownas.org/!!!

Hotel Accommodations
We are also happy to be able to offer a great rate at the Hotel Pennsylvania for those who are coming from out of town. The rates are $159/night for 1 Full Bed (1-2 People) and $189/night for 2 Full Beds (3-4 People).  For those of you planning a longer stay,, rates will be available from April 24, 2011 to May 3, 2011 (5 days prior and 2 days following the 15th Anniversary). Hotel reservations can be made online by clicking here.

Interested in presenting at our conference?
As an integral part of our Anniversary, we are calling for proposals from scholars, artists, activists, and other professionals who were adopted internationally or interracially for a one-day conference entitled, “Past, Present, and Future”. All intercountry, transnational, transracial, and international adoptees are encouraged to submit proposals for papers, presentations, performances and workshops. This will be a forum to showcase the breadth and depth of adoptee work and talent.  For more information on proposals submissions, please contact Geanna Barlaam at gbarlaam@alsoknownas.org.


Affordable Korean Language Lessons Offered by the Korean Education Center

of the Korean Consulate General of New York!


Are you one of the many adoptees in NYC interested in learning Korean but not sure where to go?

Also-Known-As, Inc. is excited to announce that the Korean Education Center of the Korean Consulate General of NY will be offering Korean language classes for beginners-intermediates starting February 17, 2011! All students should have a basic knowledge of Hangul (Ability to read and write).

The Korean Education Center is sponsoring Korean Language Classes for Adoptees at the special rate of $100 for 12 classes.

The classes will be taught by Ji-Young Jung. She received a doctorate in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has taught Korean, ESL (English as a Second Language) and French to students of all ages in a variety of educational settings.

As a native speaker of Korean, Ji-Young has personally found teaching her mother tongue fascinating and rewarding. She derives great satisfaction in helping her students gain an understanding of and appreciation for the beliefs and values held by Korean people and expressed in the Korean language.

She says, I am genuinely grateful for the opportunity to help members of Also-Known-As, Inc. experience Korean culture and language, and I am happy to be a cultural interpreter for them

Class Structure and Information:

Classes will cover reading, writing, listening, conversation and grammar in a fun and dynamic environment. Korean language teaching materials will include textbook, practice worksheets, grammar guides, vocabulary lists, and clips from contemporary Korean media.

Class Dates:

Classes will meet for 12 weeks, meeting once a week on Thursday for 2 hours a session, 7:00pm-9:00pm.

February 2011: 17, 24

March 2011: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

April 2011: 7,14,21,28

May 2011: 5

Location:

The Center for Arts Education Annex, 14 Penn Plaza, 225 West 34th Street, Suite 1112, New York, NY 10122

Registration:

Class participants will have to pre-register and pre-pay for the class via the Also-Known-As website. Payment can be made either online (PayPal) or by check.

http://www.alsoknownas.org/programs/koreanlanguageclasses.html

All registrations and payments must be received no later than Tuesday, February 15, 2011, as we will need to know the attendance in advance to ensure that space is reserved and enough materials are prepared.

Class seats are available on a first come first serve basis, and are only secured once payment has been received, so please register now to secure your spot(s)!


Join the MinKwon Center for Community Action for Lunar New Year!!!

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Dear Friends,

We are very excited to announce MinKwon Center’s 2011 Lunar New Year event – “Jishin BalbKi” (지신밟기)!  You are cordially invited to join us in this traditional Korean folk celebration which ignites the beginning of a new year of hope, good fortune, and a strong sense of unity within our New York City communities.

Please mark your calendars and we hope you can join us in this celebration!

Jishin BalbKi (Manhattan)

Date: Saturday, February 5 – 1:00PM

Location: Korea Town (32nd St & Broadway, begins in front of Woori Bank)

Jishin BalbKi (Flushing)

Date: Saturday, February 12 – 1:00PM

Location: Queens Library – Flushing Branch (Main St & Kissena Blvd, begins in front of Library)

For more information, please contact Liz Rhee, Artistic Instructor, at liz@minkwon.org.

Sincerely,

BINARI – Korean American Cultural Troupe

MinKwon Center for Community Action

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