Youth Program Participants

Name: Daniel S. Lee

Bio: Daniel is a Korean-American citizen and student born and raised in Central New York. Being of the Korean decent, Daniel has been exposed to numerous cultural opportunities and grew up with a very diverse background. Currently a junior in high school, Daniel has goals of becoming a Technical Engineer. Daniel has an acute sense of technical perception and is genuinely interested in rapidly growing technologies and nano-technological design. As such, Daniel is proud to identify with his Korean ethnicity, particularly pertaining to major Korean technology companies such as Samsung and LG, which serve as a foundation for future career aspirations.

As an active member of the KWVDM project, Daniel is a current intern under the direction of Professor Han of Syracuse University. As an intern, Daniel aids in the digital memorial project and is involved in several activities related to the Korean Way and Korean Veterans organizations such as the Central New York Chapter #105. Daniel has committed much of his time to the Korean Booth at the New York State Fair and has worked with President Han to coordinate the Veteran’s Day Exhibition at the New York State Fairground in 2012.

The involvement in the KWVDM project is near and dear to Daniel’s heart, and he believes the success and accomplishment of modern day Korean technologists and engineers were made possible because of the sacrifices of young American soldiers during the Korean War from 1950 to 1953. In noting this, Daniel adds “Having a place, such as this digital memorial, to commemorate and remember the brave people who worked to protect Korea is absolutely necessary. In fact not doing so would undermine all achievements and works pertaining to Korea thus far.” He is sure that the KWVDM will significantly contribute to our efforts in educating our younger generations on what happened to young Americans 60 years ago.

Name: Daniel H. Kim
New York University (2013), The College of Arts & Science, History & East Asian Studies
Bio: Born and raised in Seoul, Daniel has led quite an international life; he went to high school in Hong Kong and is currently a senior, majoring in history with a minor in East Asian Studies at New York University. Many Koreans say that the experience of living outside Korea for a number of years fosters patriotism. Daniel is no exception. Watching Korea not only develop rapidly but also solidify her position as a significant power in the international community in such a short period of time, Daniel naturally developed a sense of sheer respect for those who contributed to establishing and protecting the Republic of Korea in times of critical crises.

Thus, it is no surprise that as soon as he learned about the Korean War Veterans Digital Memorial, he immediately decided to apply for the internship position. He firmly believes that he, as well as every young Korean who must have a full and accurate understanding of the Korean War, is obligated to express gratitude to the Korean War Veterans for their sacrifices and devotion. Because without their contributions, it is impossible to claim the Republic of Korea could still exist today. Assigned to the Korean War Veterans Association of Staten Island, New York, CPL. Allan F. Kivlehan Chapter, Daniel has been developing amicable relationships with a number of honorable veterans including, but not limited to, Mr. George Parsons, Mr. Steven Montalbano, Mr. Joseph Calabria, Mr. Bernard Hoganson. His main responsibilities have been collecting photographs taken during the Korean War from the veterans in person and creating the veterans' database.

Name: Sohyun, Intern-Boston, MA
Bio: Sohyun, a native of South Korea, heard much about the Korean War and the struggles thereafter to reunify the peninsula from her father. He inspired her to join the KWVDM program as a way to continue and build the mission. Sohyun thinks “we all should learn about the Korean War, in order to remind ourselves that similar events shouldn’t happen again from now and in the future.” Sohyun is a freshman at Brandeis University studying International and Global Studies.

Name: Daisy, Youth Program Intern—NJ
Bio: Daisy joined the KWVDM Youth Program to learn more about the Korean War from the veterans themselves. “Soon enough,” she says, “everyone who has ever experienced the war will be gone, so it is important to educate as many people as possible in order to pass on their knowledge.” Daisy hopes that one day she will have a career or job that helps communities.

Name: Lydia, Youth Program Intern—TN
Bio: Lydia joined the KWVDM Youth Program to learn more about her culture and identity. As Lydia recalls, “about two years ago, on Korean War Memorial Day, our church had a special program where we invited all the veterans from Tennessee who had served in the Korean War. That was one of the days that really sparked my interest about the War and it also inspired me to want to know more about the war. I feel rather disappointed sometimes when we don’t learn about Korean War as much in schools. For the soldiers, it must have been strange and fearful to be in a foreign land but the fact that they still fought and through the victory South Korea, at least, was able to be how we are now. I am very thankful for the freedom that South Koreans were given through the soldier’s sacrifices.”

Name: Mary, Youth Program Intern—NJ
Bio: Mary learned about the KWVDM project and was excited to start working with veterans. In her own words Mary believes, “the Korean War has been called one of America's forgotten wars. Many people I know personally do not even know why the war occurred. It is essential that we, as American citizens, know our country's history. Every action that our government has taken influences our daily lives. If we forget or remain oblivious as to why these things happened, we not only harm our country but we harm ourselves. The Korean War was one of the most significant events of the Cold War. We should honor those who fought and use their experiences to move forward.”

Name: Hyemin, Youth Program Intern—NY
Bio: Hyemin became acquainted with Korean War veterans after meeting the veterans of the Central New York Chapter #105 while accompanying her father to meetings and events for KWVDM. Hyemin thinks, “It’s important to know about the past because the past tells us what went wrong and what we can do/avoid in the future.” Hyemin hopes to become a lawyer one day so she can “fight for something or someone who needs it.”

Name: Dongjoo Koh, Youth Program Intern—MA
Bio: Dongjoo originally found out about the KWVDM program from his father. After seeing the website himself, Dongjoo became interested in the program’s mission and decided to commit to the Youth Program. “Though the Korean War left us the painful result of a divided Korea, we have to learn about the painful memories so that we can figure out our problems and fix it. As a Korean, I wish improvement and quick reunification of both North and South Korea.