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Winter 2018 Session Begins: 

January 6, 2018 – March 15, 2018

Registration is now closed. Please add yourself to our interest list and we will contact you as soon as the schedule for the new session is released. 


NOTE: For the past several sessions, our Korean Fundamentals and Level 1 classes have reached maximum capacity. It is highly advised to register as soon as possible to secure your spot. 

Buena Park Classes!

Thanks to our parner organization, Korean Community Services (KCS), we will be able to offer two of our most popular classes, Korean Fundamentals and Level 1 in Buena Park. KCS is located at: 7212 Orangethorpe Ave, Buena Park, CA 90621. The rest of our classes will be in Irvine.

Winter 2018 Schedule and Fees:  The class for the entire 10 week session is $185 and do not include book or $10 material fee. All classes take place at our Irvine location, except otherwise noted.

**Supplemental Practice Class is a FREE instructor led practice class for our registered students in our basic levels and a great opportunity to reinforce the class lessons through additional practice and application. Attendance is optional. Our Supplemental classes are held on Thursdays from 7:00 – 8:45 PM at facilities in Irvine. This program is made possible through the support of our generous volunteers and

*Please Note: The only difference between Sections A, B and C are the DAYS and TIMES. The content is exactly the same. All classes will be in Irvine unless otherwise noted. Buena Park will be at KCS: 7212 Orangethorpe Ave, Buena Park, CA 90621

Each class needs a minimum of 3 students to remain open. If minimum registration is not met, classes may be cancelled. Enroll now to ensure your class remains open. 

 PLACEMENT:   For those students or those with no experience or background in Korean will automatically be placed in Korean Fundamentals. Students with a Korean heritage background who cannot read Hangul will also be asked to start with Korean Fundamentals.

All other students should read the Class Descriptions HERE

If you are still unsure which level to take, you can request a placement test by email so we can assess which level would be best. Please contact us by email to request the test.

BOOKS: We have selected books we believe to be the most practical and useful books for studying Korean. You may either purchase the books directly through KAC or you may purchase on your own. If you happen to purchase on your own, please be sure to purchase the correct edition as we are using the latest editions of all the books. Please note that these books may change based on

  • Classes: Korean Fundamentals, Level 1, and Level 2 Fun & Fast Korean 1 by Darakwon Publishing – 1st Edition (4th printing March 2015) ISBN: 978-89-5995-829-0 (KAC Price: $25)
  • Classes: Level 3 and Level 4: Fun & Fast Korean 2 by Darakwon Publishing – 1st Edition (3rd printing February 2016) ISBN: 978-89-5995-717-0 (KAC Price: $25)

TERMS (Please read before registering): 

  • Registration is not complete until payment is received. Early bird discounts apply only towards completed registrations.
  • Fees are non-refundable (except in the case of class cancellation by KAC). Please do not register if you are unsure. 
  • Fees are non-transferable to another semester. No Credits will be given for missed classes. Since we are a volunteer run organization, we do not have the administrative capacity to handle these requests.
  • Fees do not include books. Books can either be purchased on your own or through KAC. We only accept cash and checks only for book purchases.
  • Fees may be tax deductible, talk to your financial advisor for details.
  • Checks can be made out to: “Korean American Center
  • Credit card payments are accepted after registration form is complete. To pay by credit card, you will be prompted to the page after you complete the registration form.
  • Payment on this page is for Korean classes ONLY (Click here to purchase Private Lesson packages)
  • Fees must be paid prior to the beginning of class. Registration is not considered complete unless fees are fully paid.  

Children’s Korean Classes


January 6, 2018 – May 19, 2018


Did you know that Korean is considered a “critical language” according to the United States government? “Critical language” is a term used in the US to designate languages for which there is large demand for language professionals but little supply. We believe the earlier children learn Korean, the better positioned they will be for the future. Class Size is limited! 


January 6, 2018 – May 19, 2018 (19 weeks total). No school during Spring Break, April 2 through 6, 2018.

For our TK/Kinder and Kinder/1st Grade classes, we will offer a weekly 80 minutes and a twice weekly 60 minute class.

TK/Kinder 4 – 6 yrs Wednesday 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM
Kinder-1st Grade (3 spots remaining!) 5 – 7yrs Wednesday 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM
2nd-3rd Grade 7 – 9yrs Wednesday 4:00 PM – 5:20 PM
4th-5th Grade 9 – 11yrs Mondays 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM (Beginning Feb 5)

For 6th grade and beyond, please visit our Youth Korean Program page.

About Our Program

The classes will be based on the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. Through 21st century teaching and learning methods, students will learn real world application of Korean language.  Each developmentally appropriate class will offer theme-based learning activities and will include opportunities to practice language skills.

All students will be taught the Korean alphabet system (Hangul), pronunciation and basic conversational usages such as greetings, and self-introduction using methods that are appropriate to their age. All classes will weave in aspects of Korean heritage and culture.

Early age classes will utilize enriched play method, a playgroup-style with songs and games, making Korean language learning fun and hands-on. Through a creative curriculum, our program will help children develop Korean language skills, through social interaction, Children will explore colors, counting, family, body parts, animals and simple phrases. Students will be able to increase their Korean language proficiency, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

In addition to learning the language, they will learn about aspects of Korean culture and history through activity based learning. It is our goal that students develop a sense of pride and appreciation of their Korean heritage.

Korean American Center is a proud member of ACTFL

Class Location:

Classes will take place at the Korean American Center
18 Truman St, Suite #208
Irvine, CA 92620

Power Korean Vocabulary Class

Korean American Center is offering a special three week “Power Vocabulary” class designed to expand your Korean vocabulary through Sino-Korean root words, or Hanja. 

Classes will run from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM for three weeks.
1. Wednesday, November 29, 2017
2. Wednesday, December 6, 2017
3. Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Why study Hanja? Sino-Korean or Hanja(Korean: 한자, Hanja: 漢字) is the Korean name for Chinese characters.  Sino-Korean words today make up about 60% of the Korean vocabulary. Having a little background knowledge in Sino root words will give you clearer understanding about the Korean language. Since many Korean words are derived from Hanja even knowing some basic words can greatly increase your vocabulary and knowledge of Korean.

This class will not be focused on writing Hanja, but rather learning Sino-Korean root words that will help you understand more Korean words. 

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Primary Care Physician

This is an excellent opportunity to serve the Korean community in a meaningful way, maintain great work-life balance, while earning competitive market compensation.  Please share with anyone who you feel might be interested.

Position: Primary Care Physician
Location: KCS Health Center, Buena Park, CA
Full Time or Part Time

Based in Buena Park, CA, KCS Health Center is a non-profit community clinic that aims to serve the growing underserved population of Orange County, in particular the Korean population. KCS (Korean Community Services) was founded in 1977 with the goal of providing social services and community outreach to the ever-expanding population of Korean immigrants. Today, KCS Health Center has become a pillar within the community we serve. At KCS Health Center, Our mission is to improve the health of Orange County residents through excellence in patient care, education, and research. We thrive to provide individuals with comprehensive integrated care by delivering services for primary care, health navigation, behavioral health, and more. We seek to provide patient-centered health care in a linguistically appropriate, compassionate, and sensitive manner.

KCS Health Center provides primary health care services to improve the health and well-being of our patients. The services provided include:

  • Routine Office Visits
  • Physical Examinations
  • Referrals for laboratory testing, imaging, and other specialty providers
  • Health Education
  • Diabetes Management
  • TB Screenings
  • Women’s Health (Pap Smear and Mammogram)
  • Flu Shots

As a result of our growth, we are currently in search of a Primary Care Physician with a passion for improving the health of our community. As an NP or PA for KCS Health Center, you will look after the health of our patients and deliver continual care through health maintenance, disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment for acute and chronic illnesses.

The duties of this position will include:

  • Interviewing and obtaining medical/psychiatric histories of development, illnesses, and treatments
  • Obtaining medical records from outside health care providers
  • Determining, ordering and performing diagnostic tests required by medical necessity
  • Providing chronic and urgent care
  • Providing specialty care referrals
  • Suturing and small surgical procedures as required
  • May provide treatment to individuals with behavioral health conditions (mental health and substance abuse)
  • Developing, implementing, and monitoring patient treatments plans
  • Serving as a liaison with other programs and departments in reaching satisfactory solutions and interventions
  • Providing supervision to nursing staff

Overview of KCS Healthcare Center operations:

  • Clinic operating hours: Mon-Fri, 9:00 AM-5:30 PM
  • Full time
  • Daily census is approximately 20 patients per day
  • Panel Age range is 16-100
  • Outpatient only
  • Centralized case management

In order to be considered for this position, candidates must meet the required qualifications:

  • MD or DO Degree
  • Board Certification in family medicine
  • Current California medical license
  • Medi-Cal Approval
  • Consideration will be given to candidates with Korean or Spanish language skills

Compensation package includes:

  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience
  • Medical benefits
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid malpractice insurance
  • One (1) week of CME paid time off annually
  • Annual CME reimbursement of $2,000
  • $500 annually for additional professional memberships
  • DEA and Board Certification renewal fees
  • Paid holidays and accrued vacation

Interested and qualified candidates are encourage to send their CV directly to Tammy Kim at tkim@kcsinc.org

KCS Health Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Win Tickets To See GOOK

Samuel Goldwyn Films and Korean American Center have partnered up to give away two pairs of tickets to see the film GOOK on Saturday, August 26th at 7:00 PM at the Edwards University Town Center 6. LIKE and SHARE our post on Facebook or on Instagram for a chance to win.


Eli (Chon) and Daniel (So) are two Korean American brothers that run their late father’s shoe store in a predominantly African American community of Los Angeles. These two brothers strike up a unique and unlikely friendship with an 11-year-old African American girl, Kamilla (Baker). As Daniel dreams of becoming a recording artist and Eli struggles to keep the store afloat, racial tensions build to a breaking point in L.A. as the “infamous” L.A. Riots break out.


Justin Chon


Justin Chon


James J. Yi
Alex Chi

Streetwear Brand That Celebrates Korean Culture and Heritage

Korean American Center of Orange County had the opportunity to speak with KORELIMITED founder Matthew Kim about his company and vision for the brand. While KORELIMITED (also known as KORE, which stands for KEEPIN OUR ROOTS ETERNAL) has been in the streetwear apparel industry for four years, it has a rapidly growing following. With support from fans all over the world, as well as celebrities from Korea and Hollywood, this is what Matthew shared with us:

OCKorean: For those who might not be familiar with KORELIMITED, can you give a brief introduction of the brand?

Matthew: KORE is a streetwear brand that celebrates Korean culture and lifestyle. We produce apparel that incorporate various aspects of Korean culture – like history, language, artists, etc. – into the designs.


KORELIMITED’s most recent collaboration with Korean street brand, IAMNOTAHUMANBEING

OCKorean: When did KORE start? And how did you come about building this brand?

Matthew: We launched KORE in the middle of 2013 to be exact and have been blessed to continuously grow every year. I began KORE because as a father I wanted to provide something for my children and their generation about their heritage and roots. Growing up, I have always been closely connected to my Korean heritage, but I see that kids from today’s generation are becoming more oblivious of their cultural background and history. So I wanted to create something that would be educational but also relevant to their taste and desire.

OCKorean: Is there a reason for teaching about Korean roots and culture through Korean fashion and streetwear, rather than other media like art or video?


Matthew with Tiger JK (left) and Bizzy (right)

Matthew: Doing art, videos, or these types of media to celebrate Korean culture would’ve been cool, but I think there is something deeper about being willing to wear Korean clothing. Somebody could watch a video on Korean culture and be a supporter. But if you’re willing to pay money and physically wear the designs about Korean culture and roots, I think it shows a different level of appreciation and proudness for the culture. My goal is to make Korean culture cool and Korean fashion unique so that everybody would be excited to wear our brand. I want the brand to be a dope brand that isn’t solely about teaching Korean history, rather incorporating those elements so that people would be willing to purchase without even knowing what the design stood for. They could gradually find out the significance of the designs by others telling them or by figuring it out by themselves.

OCKorean: You’ve received a lot of love and support from celebrities from Korea and the States. How did that come about?

Rapper SanE in KORELIMITED Olympic 1988 snapback hat

Matthew: I’ve been lucky with some personal connections, but a bigger piece of their support came from their genuine appreciation for our brand designs and what they stood for.

We have had a lot of people (like Hip Hop Artist Tiger JK, Rapper SanE, Singer Jong Kook Kim, Actress Arden Cho, Guitarist Jinjoo from DNCE, the dancers from 1 Million Dance Studio, and many more) reach out to us and express that they love our clothing and what we’re doing as a brand. Each season, we’re blessed with gaining more exposure and love from more celebrities, artists, and talents. 

OCKorean: From the designs that you’ve produced so far, which would you say stands out to you the most?

1Million Dancer Lia Kim in KORELIMITED Salja hat

Matthew: Man, I love all of our designs so much and each one has a significant unique meaning. One design that we produced with 1Million Dancer Lia Kim is the Salja hat. This hat is actually one of our top selling items. I did this design because I noticed a particular brand that used the Korean flag and language in a dark way. There was one design from that brand that had ‘자살 club’ (suicide club) written blatantly on the front of the hat. The brand is probably one of the biggest streetwear brands in 2017, and they always incorporate our Korean Flag in their design and in the 자살 design as well. The fact that this negative term was written in our language and worn by so many people, including Koreans, disturbed me a lot. Korea is known to have one of the highest suicide rates, and as a Korean I felt offended that a well-known brand would advertise this word as a mere fashion trend. So to promote a positive image, I flipped the word 자살 (ja sal) and proposed the 살자 (sal ja, let’s live) design to Lia Kim. She loved the idea of positivity and livelihood, and our Salja design has been the most successful design since day 1.    

Matthew giving back to the community by taking time to meet with KAC’s Summer Youth Program students.

OCKorean: We can see that your brand is growing very quickly but your store is only online. Any plans to open physical shops? Also, do you have any future projects or aspirations for KORE?

Matthew: Yes, we definitely have plans to open physical shops in the near future. In terms of projects, we have a lot of collaboration projects lined up with amazing artists and talents who are excited to work with us. So definitely, be on the lookout. My aspirations for KORE is to grow and expand as a brand obviously, but more importantly the mission is about Keepin Our Roots Eternal; it’s what K.O.R.E stands for. I would like everyone to eventually learn about Korean culture and see how beautiful and awesome it is. Some people buy our stuff because they like the meaning behind the design and others learn the meaning after they buy it. Either way, I’m thankful that it’s an opportunity to share my heritage with them. 

OCKorean: Thanks Matthew! We appreciate you taking the time to speak with us. We look forward to seeing more amazing things from you!

For those interested in learning more about KORELIMITED and supporting a company dedicated to keeping Korean heritage alive, please check out their line at KORELimited.com

SORI NA, Professional Dancer


49 Checkers Long Sleeve T-Shirt from KORELIMITED Stylebook



For those who love Korean clothing, Korean fashion, Korean style, Korean design, Korean apparel, Korean streetwear, designers, fashion, k-fashion, kpop, k-style. 

KAC to Co-Host Citizenship Clinic For Orange County’s Korean Population



July 25, 2017
Clinic will be the county’s largest citizenship event targeting Asian immigrants and the county’s first joint Korean collaboration for naturalization services


Press conference to kick off citizenship clinic specifically targeting Orange County’s Korean American community – the 2nd largest Korean population in the country. Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Orange County, in collaboration with every Korean community-serving organizations in Orange County (Korean Community Services, Korean Resource Center, Korean American Center), expects to serve nearly 200 clients.


Mayor Elizabeth SwiftMayor, City of Buena Park
Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-SilvaState Assemblymember for the 65th Assembly District
Assemblyman Steven ChoiState Assembymember for the 68th Assembly District
Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel
Ellen AhnExecutive Director, Korean Community Services
Sylvia KimRegional Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Orange County
Tammy Kim, Executive Director, Korean American Center
Jonathan Paik,Orange County Director, Korean Resource Center
Tu-Trinh Pham, Home Depot
Paul SungVice President, Orange County Korean American Bar Association
Katie WanamakerVice President of Property Management & Government Relations, M+D Properties
 *In-language interviews available in Korean

Saturday, July 29, 2017
11:00 am

*Press conference to be followed by reception and walking tour.Please RSVP to Randy Bunnao at rbunnao@advancingjustice-la.org or at 213-241-0227.
La Huasteca in The Source OC
6940 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, CA 90621
Orange County is home to an estimated 220,000 individuals who are eligible to naturalize. Nearly 30% or 50,000 are of Asian origin, but have yet to apply for U.S. citizenship. Language and financial barriers often make it difficult for immigrants to apply for citizenship. This event will provide free culturally competent citizenship services for registered attendees, including application and legal services.