Korean Culture/Arts

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Free College Planning Seminar

The Korean American Center will be hosting a free college planning seminar for parents and students going into 9th to 12th grades on Saturday, May, 27, 2015.  The objective of this 90 minute seminar is to share as much information to help parents and students maximize the chances and finding the best opportunities in college. This program is full of secrets, tips, and advice on how to make students stand out.

Seating is limited. Please RSVP to reserve your spot here.

WHEN: Saturday, May 27, 2017 1:00PM

WHERE: Korean American Center
18 Truman St, Suite 208
Irvine, CA 92620

오렌지 카운티 한미 문화 센터는 오는 가을학기부터 9학년에서 12학년이 되는 학생들과 학부모들을 위한 무료 대학 입시 준비 세미나를 열려고 합니다. 90분간 진행되는 이 세미나는 가능한 많은 정보를 공유하여 학생들과 학부모들이 대학 진학에 있어서 최고의 기회와 최적의 조건을 찾는데 도움이 될 것입니다. 이 프로그램은 학생들이 어떻게 하면 두드러질 수 있는지에 대한 조언과 팁, 그리고 알려지지 않은 것들에 대해 알려줄 것입니다.

자리가 제한되어 있으니 미리 예약하시길 바랍니다.

Professional Korean American Network (PKAN)

The Professional Korean American Network (PKAN) was established to provide opportunities for Korean Americans in Orange County across all disciplines, industries and career levels who are looking to connect and collaborate with one another for business networking, professional development, and foster leadership skills.

Through a combination of professional mixers, social meetings, and civic initiatives, the goal of PKAN is to build a strong network of Korean American professionals and help create business leaders within the community.

We are currently looking for committee members who are looking to engage with the Korean American community in a meaningful way. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Esther Cho at: esther@KoreanAmericanCenter.org

Stay updated on PKAN by adding yourself to our interest list.

Keep track of upcoming events through our events page or through our facebook page.

Youth Summer Korean Immersion Program

한국어    Registration Now Open for Summer 2017 Youth Korean Language Immersion Program for Middle & High School Students. 

The Korean American Center will host a Youth Korean immersion program for middle and high school students at various skill levels. No experience required. The program is designed to build comprehensive language skills and improve students’ knowledge of Korean through fun and engaging classroom immersion. Through 21st century teaching and learning, students will learn real world application of Korean language. Instruction will be provided on all four language skills (speaking, writing, reading and listening); with an emphasis on increasing students’ speaking and listening comprehension abilities.

The program will be designed for learners going into the 8th through 12 grades in the fall of 2017.  These students possess varying degrees of language proficiency from novice to intermediate, will gain literacy; expand their reading skills and comprehension, and increase their speaking and listening skills. Class size will be limited. 

This program will run for 3 weeks (Jun 19, 2017 – July 7, 2017), Monday through Friday from 1:30PM – 4:30PM. No class on July 4th.

Price: Early Registration Discount: $425 + $10 Material Fee. (25% off of 2nd child). Discount expires May 31, 2017.  Regular Price: $495.

This program will focus on students being able to:

  1. experience Korean language immersion in the classroom
  2. communicate in Korean in real-world circumstances,
  3. use vocabulary learned from real-world contexts,
  4. understand impact traditional culture and values has on the language.
  5. foster an appreciation of their Korean cultural heritage and instill a sense of pride in their dual heritage.

Class size will be limited to only a small number of students. 


미주 한인 2, 3세 중학교와 고등학교 학생들을 위한 2017 KAC 여름 한국어 교실

한미 문화원센터 (KAC) 다가오는 2017년 여름, 한인 2, 3세 중학교와 고등학교 학생들을 위한 한국어 심화 교실을 열려고 한다. KAC 한국어 수업은 포괄적인 언어 능력을 기르고 학생들의 한국어에 대한 지식을 집중력있게 쌓을 수 있도록 고안되었다. 이 프로그램은 언어 학습을 위한 세계 용이성 기준에 맞춰져 있으며, 자신의 말하기, 듣기, 읽기, 쓰기 능력을 기르고 싶어하는 초급부터 중급 정도의 한국어 실력을 가진 한인 2, 3세 고등학생들을 위한 교실이다. 학생 모집 인원은 제한적임.

이 프로그램은 3 주간(2017년 6월 19일부터 2017년 7월 7일까지) 진행될 것이며, 월요일부터 금요일, 오후 1시30분부터 오후 4시 30분까지 진행된다.

이 프로그램은 다음과 같은 부분에 초점을 두고 있다.

  1. 교실에서의 한국어 집중 강화 교실 경험
  2. 실생활에서 한국어를 통한 의사소통
  3. 실제 상황에서 일어나는 문맥을 통한 어휘 습득
  4. 전통 문화와 가치가 언어이 미치는 영향을 이해
  5. 한국 문화 유산에 대한 이해를 고취시키고, 이중 정체성에 대한 자부심을 불어넣기

한국어 559-906-9684
영어 949-535-3338


President’s Volunteer Service Award


The Korean American Center is proud to be an official Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA)This nationally recognized award celebrates the impact that individuals can make in bettering our communities and our world. As a Certifying Organization, the Korean American Center will review, verify and deliver one of this nation’s highest honors.  

The President’s Volunteer Service Award was created through executive order by President George W. Bush in 2003 to recognize the important role volunteers play in building a strong America and to encourage a culture of volunteer service and civic participation. The program continued to grow under President Barack Obama.

The hours do not have to only be for KAC, they can also be towards a wide range of other project and services. This award serves as an example of KAC’s commitment to service in the community.

We encourage all volunteers to create an account and begin tracking your service hours.

  1. Log your hours by creating a profile on the President’s Volunteer Service Award website
  2. Identify Korean American Center as your institution by adding ROS (Record of Service) Key: OTH-6873 to your profile.
  3. Complete a verification form

Once your forms and logs are completed, the Korean American Center will certify your hours and order your award.  Additionally, the President’s Volunteer Service Award recipients will be recognized during our annual gala ceremony.


Hours are measured over a 12-month period and awards are designated based on cumulative hours. The awards are offered in multiple levels and are designed to recognize each milestone of your service achievement. Levels include bronze, silver, gold and the highest honor, the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for those who contribute more than 4,000 hours of service in their lifetime.

Your recognition inspires others to take positive action to change the world!

Learn more at http://www.presidentialserviceaward.gov

Volunteer Opportunities: Here

Winter 2017 Adult Korean Language Class Registration

Winter Session Begins: January 7, 2017 – March 17, 2017
Each class session is 90 minutes. 

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED:  Please add your name to our Interest List and we will inform you as soon as our schedule for Spring Session is released. 

Registration Information:  We can only accept a limited number of students per class. Once the maximum number has been reach, registration will be closed. You may then choose to be added to the wait-list for next session. The past several semesters, we have completely filled our Korean Fundamentals and Level 1 classes.

Registration Form:  All new and returning students must complete an application form each semester. Registration is not considered complete until payment has been made. 

Winter 2017 Schedule and Fees:  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. Prices do not include book or $10 material fee. 

*Please Note: The only difference between Section A and B are the DAYS and TIMES. The content is exactly the same for each level. 

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. 

**Supplemental Korean Practice lab is every Thursdays from 7:00 – 8:45 PM at Heritage Park Community Center in Irvine. This is an instructor led practice class and a great opportunity to reinforced the class lessons through additional practice. There is no extra charge to attend for registered students. All levels are welcomed.

Class Descriptions and Sample Lessons can be found on HERE

PLACEMENT TEST (OPTIONAL):   For those students or those with no experience or background in Korean will automatically be placed in Korean Fundamentals. In addition, students with a Korean heritage background who cannot read Hangul will also be asked to start with Korean Fundamentals.  Students interested in Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 will have the opportunity to take an optional online proficiency test to ensure they are placed in the appropriate class. 

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, Level 2 and Level 3: Fun & Fast Korean 1 by Darakwon Publishing – 1st Edition (4th printing March 2015) ISBN: 978-89-5995-829-0 (KAC Price: $25)
  • Classes: Level 4 and Level 5: 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.  

Youth Korean Language Classes

The Korean American Center introduced our Youth Korean Language Classes, a weekly class designed for Korean learners in Middle School and High School. Classes began in January 2017.

We are proud to have built one of the most successful non-collegiate Korean language programs for adults in the United States. We look forward to continuing our organization’s mission of providing Korean language learning opportunities to the youth in our community.

Fall 2017 Interest List Now Forming

Finally – A Fun and Engaging Korean Class for Teens!

Our Youth Korean Language Classes is designed for middle and high school students with little or no Korean language experience, or who have had some classes, but need additional practice. Through a fun and engaging class, students will have the opportunity to develop their Korean language skills while improving their understanding of traditional and modern Korean culture. Instruction will be provided on all four language skills (speaking, writing, reading and listening); with an emphasis on increasing students’ speaking and listening comprehension abilities.

About Our Korean 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.  Activities and assignments will be theme-based and will include structured opportunities to practice language skills outside the classroom.

Each class will meet once per week for 90 minutes.  Our small class size will enable our instructors to work on the individual needs of each teen. First time learners will be taught the Korean alphabet system (Hangul), pronunciation and basic conversational usages such as greetings, self-introduction and shopping. We will then introduce grammar includes particles, verb usage, conjugations and proper use of the numbers.

Students will be able to form longer sentences with 500 newly acquired words as they learn more complicated particles, tenses, ending forms and joining clauses. Students will be able to express personal experiences and plans on topics such as the seasons and traveling.  Teacher will used comprehension checks to ensure constant understanding. Students will be able to increase their Korean language proficiency, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Middle School Program (Grades 6 – 8):


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High School Immersion Program

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