HISTORY OF ICKS

 

 

The International Council on Korean Studies (ICKS or Gukje Hanguk Hakhoi) was found in March 1996 as a non profit and non partisan organization dedicated to the advancement of Korean studies and related academic and professional research in the field of Korean affairs in the United States as well as abroad through international conferences, seminars, publications, and other relevant activities. The Council aims to promote the significance of Korean studies and explore issues of the Korean Reunification among the professionals and the new generation of Koreans and Korean Americans.


1996-2000: The founding members created the ICKS by incorporating the “International Council on Korean Studies” in Virginia State Corporation Commission, and signing the first By-Laws in New York on March 1996.  The Board of Directors elected Dr. Woong B. Lee as Chairman of its Board, Dr. Ilpyong J. Kim as President, and Dr. Hugo Wheegook Kim joined as Secretary General.  The founding members tried to make a solid foundation of the Council in the first four years through the contribution of some thousand dollars of their own money and time.  The inaugural conference was held in Arlington, Virginia in November 1996 under the theme of “Two Koreas in the World Affairs” with 28 papers and almost 200 participants, which was successful and significant.  The selected conference papers were published in the inaugural issue of the International Journal of Korean Studies (IJKS or Gukje Hanguk Hakbo) in 1997, funded by the Korea Society.  Despite limited resources, the leadership focused on annual conferences and journal publication through continuous funding efforts.  In this period, the Council published the IJKS, one issue each year, although two annual conferences were skipped.


2001-2004:  The leadership moved to Dr. Ung Soo Kim as Chairman of the Board of Directors; Dr. Hang Yul Rhee as President; Dr. Eui Hang Shin, Dr. Hugo Kim, and Dr. Soon Paik as Vice Presidents. Chairman Kim and President Rhee established and pursued three goals during their tenure: more commitment with Korea American society, financial independence, and a five year plan for conferences. The Council revised and passed new By-Laws with ten Articles at the Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors in Annandale, Virginia in June 2000.  In this stage, the number of the Board of Directors increased to twenty eight, and activities to recruit memberships and to raise funds were visible.  The ICKS Website appeared in 2000 owing to efforts of Secretary General Ms. Julie JK Park with the help of Mr. Anthony Chang as webmaster.  After two-year service of Chairman Kim, Dr. Youn-Suk Kim succeeded the chairmanship, while President Rhee continued his second term of presidency.  The Council held annual conferences under the themes of “The Korean War after Fifty Years: Challenges for Peace and Prosperity” in 2001, “The Korean Americans: Past, Present, and Future” in 2002, “U.S.-Korea Alliance: Continuity and Change” in 2003, and “The Impact of the 2004 U.S. and Korean Elections on their Politics, Economics, and Societiesin 2004.  Dr. Hong Nack Kim served as Editor-in-Chief and published one issue in a year but two issues in 2001.


2005-2008: The leadership moved to Dr. Hang Yul Rhee as Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dr. Hong Nack Kim as President, Dr. Soon Paik and Dr. Hugo Wheegook Kim (joined in the second term) as Vice Presidents, and Dr. Richard T. Shin and Dr. Kwang Soo Cheong as Secretary General.  In this period, the annual conferences were held with the themes of “Korea and Major Powers: The Quest for a Nuclear-Free Korea” in 2005, and “The U.S.-Korea Relations in the Twenty-First Century: Challenges and Prospects” in 2006 in Washington.  In 2007, the ICKS held its annual conference under the theme of “Impending Changes on the Korean Peninsula and the Future of U.S.-Korean Relations” in Hawaii jointly with the East West Center.  In 2008, the ICKS had a joint conference with the Heritage Foundation and the Council on U.S.-Korean Security Studies in Washington.  Dr. Young Whan Kihl served the IJKS as the Editor-in-chief, and published two issues of IJKS during 2005-2007.


2009-2012: The Board of Directors’ Meeting was held at the Phoenix Park Hotel in Washington just after the annual conference in October 2008, by which the leadership was transferred to Dr. Hong Nack Kim as Chairman of the Board of Directors; Dr. Soon Paik as President; Dr. Jae O. Kang and Dr. Richard T. Shin as Vice Presidents; Dr. Kwang Soo Cheong as Secretary General, and Dr. Gwanhoo Lee as Treasurer. Dr. Hugo Wheegook Kim serves the IJKS as Editors-in-Chief. President Paik some young scholars on the field of the Korean studies including Dr. Uk Heo and Dr. Terence J. Roehrig to the ICKS board.  Editors-in-Chief Kim reorganized the Editorial Board as well as the Editorial Advisory Board with several new members as posted on the web.  New Editors-in-Chief Kim reorganized the Editorial Board as well as the Editorial Advisory Board with several new members as posted on the web.  In four years, ICKS had its annual conference at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies of GWU in 2009, at the Korean Studies Institute of USC in 2010, at the Korea Economic Institute of America in 2011, and at the Sigur Center in 2012. The two issues of IJKS was published each year as posted on the ICKS website.


2013-Present: After the annual conference 2012 at the Sigur Center, the Board of Directors elected Dr. Bruce E. Bechtol, Jr. as President, Dr. Richard T. Shin and Dr. Kwang Soo Shin as Vice President, and Dr. Soon Paik as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, and agreed Dr. Hong Nack Kim remain in Chairman of the Board of Directors until the Nomination Committee elected a new Chairman to replace him.  The new ICKS President request Dr. Hugo W. Kim remain in Editor-in-Chief until a new person is appointed.  Dr. Bechtol will lead ICKS next two or four years if extended.

The membership of ICKS has increased to more than three hundred, and the readers of the IJKS reached one thousand professionals and scholars in the United States and abroad as of the year 2003. The goal of ICKS in the coming years is to increase its membership by invitng the younger generation of Korean-Americans and by providing them opportunities to work out their identity problems through seminars and discussions related to the Korean American affairs. We invite all the one-half and the second generation of Korean Americans to take part in the activities of the ICKS. We also solicit bright new ideas from the Korean-American communities for the advancement of Korean studies when we organize conferences and seminars, publish the journal, and conduct academic research. With the help of the Korean American Community, the ICKS could be able to achieve the established goals in the age of globalization in the twenty-first century. The history of ICKS has been made by voluntary service of all members of Board of Directors and Executive Board as well as ICKS members, individuals and institutions, Korean American communities, and many others. We appreciate for the supports of all participants, with which the history of ICKS has been and will be created continuously toward harmonious civilization of the world.

 

 

 

HISTORY OF LEADERSHIP

 

Period

 

Chairman

 

President

 

Vice Presidents

 

Secretary General

 

1996-1998

 

Woong B. Lee

 

Ilpyong J. Kim

 

Not Filled

 

Hugo W. Kim

 

1999-2000

 

 

Woong B. Lee

 

 

Ilpyong J. Kim

Hang Yul Rhee
Soon Paik
Hugo W. Kim

 

 

Julie J. K. Park

 

2001-2002

 

Ung Soo Kim

 

Hang Yul Rhee

Soon Paik
Hugo W. Kim

 

Jacqueline Park

 

2003-2004

 

Youn-Suk Kim

 

Hang Yul Rhee

Soon Paik
Hugo W. Kim

 

Jae O. Kang

 

2005-2006

 

Hang Yul Rhee

 

Hong Nack Kim

 

Soon Paik

 

Richard T. Shin

 

2007-2008

 

Hang Yul Rhee

 

Hong Nack Kim

Soon Paik
Hugo W. Kim

 

Kwang Soo Cheong

2009-2010 Hong Nack Kim Soon Paik Jae O. Kang
Richard T. Shin
Kwang Soo Cheong
2011-2012 Hong Nack Kim Soon Paik Jae O. Kang
Richard T. Shin
Kwang Soo Cheong

2013-2014

Hong Nack Kim

Bruce E. Bechtol

Richard T. Shin Kwang Soo Cheong To be annunced

 

 

HISTORY OF LEADERSHIP FOR
ANNUAL CONFERENCES AND JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

 

Year

 

Conference Program Chair

 

Editor-in-Chief, IJKS

1996

Ilpyong J. Kim

No Journal

1997

Ilpyong J. Kim

Ilpyong J. Kim

1998

No Conference

Ilpyong J. Kim

1999

No Conference

Ilpyong J. Kim

2000

Hugo W. Kim

Ilpyong J. Kim

2001

Hugo W. Kim

Hong Nack Kim

2002

Soon Paik and Hugo W. Kim

Hong Nack Kim

2003

Hugo W. Kim

Hong Nack Kim

2004

Soon Paik

Hong Nack Kim

2005

Soon Paik

Young Whan Kihl

2006

Soon Paik and Yoon-shik Park

Young Whan Kihl

2007

Soon Paik and Hugo W. Kim

Young Whan Kihl

2008

Hugo W. Kim

Young Whan Kihl

2009 Dr. Richard T. Shin Hugo Wheegook Kim
2010 Hugo Wheegook Kim Hugo Wheegook Kim
2011 Dr. Soon Paik Hugo Wheegook Kim
2012 Hugo Wheegook Kim Hugo Wheegook Kim

2013

Hugo Wheegook Kim

Hugo Wheegook Kim