The American Chamber of Commerce in Korea, better known as AMCHAM, was founded in 1953 with a broad mandate to encourage the development of trade and commerce between Korea and the United States. Our membership has grown to over 1,800 members and includes over 900 member companies.
Although the functions of today’s Chamber are as varied as the types of businesses it represents, the basic aims of all AMCHAM functions are to promote and protect the interests of member companies operating in Korea and to represent and relay the opinions of the American business community to the Korean government, and to Korean trade and industry associates as well as to U.S. government officials.
The Asia Foundation
The Asia Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, and open Asia-Pacific region.
The Foundation supports programs in Asia that help improve governance and law, economic reform and development, women’s participation, and international relations.
Drawing on 60 years of experience in Asia, the Foundation collaborates with private and public partners to support leadership and institutional development, exchanges, and policy research.
With a network of 18 offices throughout Asia, an office in Washington D.C., and its headquarter in San Francisco, the Foundation addresses these issues on both a country and regional level.
Korea America Friendship Society
Korea America Friendship Society (KAFS) was established on June 26, 1991. Objective is as a non-profit, non-partial and non-government organization to strengthen friendship and relationship between Korea and America through various kinds of studies on the relationships, activities for mutual understanding and friendship, and promotion of exchange.
The Korean-American Association is a non-profit, non-governmental, and bi-national organization incorporated under the laws of Korea. The Association aims to promote friendship and understanding between the peoples of Korea and the United States and to strengthen cultural, economic and other relations between the two countries. It strives to accomplish this aim through meetings addressed by distinguished leaders as well as various social and special programs. Since its founding in 1963 by a group of interested Korean and American citizens, the Association has had a continuous history of activities.
Korea-American Educational Commission
Location: Seoul, Korea
Tel: 02-3275-4000, Fax: 02-3275-4028
The Korean-American Educational Commission in Seoul, commonly referred to as the Fulbright Commission, is one of fifty-one such non-profit, bi-national commissions worldwide. It is governed by a board of directors consisting of equal numbers of Koreans and Americans representing government, education and the private sector. The overall mission of the Fulbright Commission is to promote understanding between the United States and Korea through professional and scholarly exchanges. The Commission provides Grant Programs, accurate information on the full range of educational opportunities in the United States, and handle registration for computer-based tests. All TOEFL, GRE and GMAT tests in Korea are administered in a computer-based format.
Korea Corporate Members of AUSA
Location: Seoul, Korea
Korea Corporate Members of AUSA was established on the 5th October 1981 to promote mutual understanding between the Korean people and the United States Army soldiers stationed in Korea through friendship and cultural activities.
Major Activities are;
- Friendship activities with the U. S. Army soldiers in Korea
- Friendship activities among the members in Korea and abroad
- Promotion of mutual understanding between the two countriesthrough AUSA activities
- Coordination activities with AUSA Headquarters in Washington, D. C. and the Korea
- Chapter in Seoul.
Korea-U.S. Economic Council, Inc.
The Korea-U.S. Economic Council, Inc. (KUSEC) is a private and non-profit organization approved by and registered with the government of the Republic of Korea. KUSEC is supported by leading Korean corporations and economic organizations, and maintains close ties with the American business community in Korea.
Chartered in 1973, KUSEC was established as a broad-based organization to promote economic cooperation between the Republic of Korea and the United States, and to promote greater awareness of Korea’s role as an important partner to the United States for mutual security, trade, and investment.
Korea International Trade Association
Over the past half-century, KITA has grown into a trade promotion agency representing Korea. KITA provides a variety of direct services such as business arrangements and trade consulting. It also assists trading companies in resolving grievances by reporting them to relevant government authorities. KITA will continue to enhance public awareness on the significance of trade in order to foster and promote Korea’s commercial potential with the global community. It has been and will comtinue to be in the 21st century the driving force behind Korea’s international trade by building the necessary infrastructure through the training of trade experts, establishing cyber trade infrastructure, hosting international special exhibitions, and implementing new trade strategies.
The Korean American Community Foundation
U.S. – Korea Business Council
Location: Washington, D.C., USA
The U.S. – Korea Business Council is the premier bilateral business organization between the United States and Korea. The Council is composed of senior executives representing major U.S. companies with a firm commitment to the Korean market.
To enhance two-way trade and investment, and to promote the bilateral economic and political relationship between the United States and Korea at the highest levels of government.
A nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization, the Society provides a forum for building awareness of the more than thirty countries broadly defined as the Asia-Pacific region – the area from Japan to Iran, and from Central Asia to New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Through art exhibitions and performances, films, lectures, seminars and conferences, publications and assistance to the media, and materials and programs for students and teachers, the Asia Society presents the uniqueness and diversity of Asia.
The Korea Economic Institute
Location: Washington, D.C., USA
Tel: (202) 464-1982
Fax: (202) 464-1987
The Korea Economic Institute (KEI) was established in 1982 as a not-for-profit, educational organization. KEI focuses its efforts in the economic area, but addresses all aspects of relations between the United States and the Republic of Korea. KEI’s Mission is to educate Americans on developments in Korea and U.S.-Korea relations; to serve as a resource center for up-to-date information on Korean economic trends; and to keep Korean government officials informed of key developments and trends in U.S. foreign and economic policy.
The Korea Society
Location: New York, USA
Tel: (212) 759-7525
Fax: (212) 759-7530
The Korea Society is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) organization with individual and corporate members that is dedicated solely to the promotion of greater awareness, understanding and cooperation between the people of the United States and Korea. In pursuit of its mission, the Society arranges programs that facilitate discussion, exchanges and research on topics of vital interest to both countries in the areas of public policy, business, education, intercultural relations and the arts. Funding for these programs is derived from contributions, endowments, grants, membership dues and program fees. From its base in New York City, the Society serves audiences across the country through its own outreach efforts and by forging strategic alliances with counterpart organizations in other cities throughout the United States as well as in Korea.
The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C
The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. strives to play a positive role in our community as an open cultural space where people can experience the full breadth of Korean culture through art exhibitions, live performances, film events, literature in translation, Korean language classes, Taekwondo programs, educational outreach, and much more.
The Center for Korean Legal Studies, Columbia University
Location: New York, NY, USA
Tel: (212) 854-5759
Fax: (212) 854-4980
The Center for Korean Legal Studies was established at Columbia Law School in 1994 with grants from Hankook Tire Group and the Korea Foundation. The Center for Korean Legal Studies serves as the focal point of research and teaching on Korean law and the Korean legal system. Visiting scholars to the Center include Korean lawyers, judges, government and company officials.
The Center for Korean Research, Columbia University
Location: New York, USA
Tel: (212) 854-1728
Fax: (212) 749-1497
The history of Korean Studies at Columbia begins as early as 1931, when Korean students in the New York area donated a number of Korean books to Columbia and established a Korean Library and Culture Center.In 1934, Dr. Eungpal Yun, Minister of the Korean Methodist Church, taught the first Korean language course at Columbia. A formal Korean Studies program began in 1962, when a position of Professor of Korean was established. The first scholar to hold the position was Dr. William E. Skillend, a specialist in Korean literature. Dr. Skillend returned to his native England in 1964, at which time he was replaced by Dr. Gari Ledyard, who taught Korean history at Columbia until his retirement in 2000. Also in 1962, the Korean Collection was established within the East Asian Library (now the C.V. Starr East Asian Library), bringing together all books relating to Korea, which until then had been kept in other collections, cataloguing them according to the classification system of the National Central Library in Seoul. Korean-language and Korea-related books and periodicals form a major part of the East Asian Library, overseen by a full time librarian responsible for Korean materials.
Center for Korean Studies, UC Berkeley
The Center for Korean Studies (CKS) is a unit of the Institute of East Asian Studies, within International and Area Studies at UC Berkeley. The Center is one of the nation’s most active academic centers for the study of Korean humanities and social sciences. Its goal is to use the academic resources of the University of California to promote international cultural, economic, and political understanding.
The Center for Korean Studies, UCLA
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
The UCLA Center for Korean Studies was established in 1993 to coordinate development of UCLA’s burgeoning programs in this field of research. Despite its short history, the Center now presides over the biggest Korean Studies program on the mainland of the United States, with the most specialists dedicated to Korea on its faculty and the largest number of students studying Korean subjects, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The Center for Korean Studies, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
The University of Hawai’i Center for Korean Studies was established in 1972 to support and coordinate the activities of students and faculty with Korea-related teaching and research interests. Now with more than twenty faculty members offering courses and conducting research related to Korea in fields such as Asian studies, dance, economics, history, language, linguistics, literature, music, political science, and sociology, the Center is home to the oldest and largest Korean studies program outside of Korea.
East Rock Institute, Yale University
East Rock Institute is a nonprofit research, educational, and cultural organization supported by Asians, Asian-Americans, and American friends of East Asia. The common goal for the Institute and its supporters is to enhance and deepen cultural understanding between the East and the West through innovative approaches to research and teaching. The Institute us situated in the New Haven community, adjacent to Yale University, which makes it possible for its members to collaborate with the University. Its name, originally suggested by the Institute’s proximity to East Rock, a New Haven landmark, symbolizes the firm foundation that East Asian and Korean Studies have now established in the United States.
The Korea Institute, Harvard University
Location: Cambridge, MA, USA
Fax: (617) 496-1144
The Korea Institute is Harvard University’s only non-departmental entity for the support and development of Korean Studies at Harvard. Originally established in 1981 as part of the Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, it became a completely autonomous organization in 1993.
Korean Studies Institute, University of Southern California
USC College’s Korean Studies Institute, established in 1995, is quickly becoming one of the nation’s premier Korean studies programs. Already, the Institute is among only a small number of elite academic institutions to have developed a major Korean studies program and the Institute’s Korean Heritage Library is one of the nation’s preeminent research collections in Korean language materials.
In addition, USC College’s position as an active player in the ethnically diverse city of Los Angeles strengthens the Institute’s potential; L.A. is home to over 600,000 Korean-Americans, the largest population outside of Korea. From historical and geographic perspectives, USC is particularly well-placed to meet the challenges of developing one of the leading Korean studies programs in the country.
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