Monday, September 8, 2014

2014 Free Teacher Seminar 
on Korean History and Culture

Saturday, October 18th
9:00 to 4:00p.m. (Korean lunch provided)
Fremont Union High School District Office
589 W.Fremont Ave. Sunnyvale, CA
*PPT Materials & resource books for all the participants!
* $50 gift card will be distributed to all the participants.
*Free Youth Program for children of participants(K-8th graders): Korean language and culture program led by SVKS staff and Instructors
Sponsored by the Korea Foundation, SF Korean Consulate, Silicon Valley Korean School, the Korean History and Culture Education Committee, Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project,

Topics / Speakers

“What is First, Famous and Unique About Korean History”
By Dr. Mark Petersonprofessor & head of Korean Studies at Brigham Young Univ. Prof. Peterson received his M.A. in 1973 and his Ph.D. in 1987, both from Harvard University in the field of East Asian Languages and Civilization. Prior to teaching at BYU in 1984 he was the director of the Fulbright program in Korea from 1978 to 1983.  He is a member of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) where he was former the chair of the Committee on Korean Studies.  He is also a life-time member of the Royal Asiatic Society, and a founding member of both the International Association for Korean Language Education (IAKLE), and the American Association of Teachers of Korean (AATK). He is also the author of Korean Adoption and Inheritance: Creation of a Classic Confucian Society (1998), A Brief History of Korea (2009), and co-editor of Korean Women: View from the Inner Room (1983).  In February, he will become the Editor-in-Chief of the Korea Journal published by the Korean Commission for UNESCO in Seoul.

“The Division of the Korean Peninsula: History and Prospects”
By Mr. David Straub,  Associate Director, Korea Program, Stanford University. An educator and commentator on current Northeast Asian affairs, Mr.Straub retired from the U.S. Department of State in 2006 as a Senior Foreign Service Officer after a 30-year career focused on Northeast Asian affairs. He spent half his diplomatic career working on Korean affairs, both in the American Embassy in Seoul and at State Department headquarters in Washington,where he directed the Korean affairs office. He participated in the Six-Party Talks on North Korea's nuclear program and has visited North Korea five times.

Talks by Authors”
 <1> Insight from “Under the Black Umbrella”
       By Mrs. Hildi Kang, independent scholar, educator, and writer, is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley with a life-long interest in Korean history. Her publications include “Under the Black Umbrella, Voices from Korea 1910-1945” (2001) and “Family Lineage Records as a Resource for Korean History” (2007). Her historical fiction book, “Chengli and the Silk Road Caravan” (2011) won a national American Library Award for 2013. Ms Kang is a member of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars and the Association for Asian Studies and has presented her work at several of the association’s conventions. She also enjoys serving as guest lecturer in various Korean studies classes. An active traveler, Ms Kang goes often to Korea, has hiked in Switzerland, biked across southern France, and explored the ancient trade routes of China and Uzbekistan. She lives with her husband in Livermore, California. (

,   <2> "Inspiration, Publication, and Beyond"
      By Mrs. Joan Schoettler, author of Good Fortune in a Wrapping Cloth, which won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature 2013, was named the NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books, and is a ForeWord Book of the Year finalist. She received the Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award from the Association of Jewish Libraries for a middle grade manuscript, On the Run. With a Masters of Arts in Literacy, Joan has taught in the Education Department at California State University, Fresno, and lectured future teachers in developing an understanding of the importance of developing reading in children's lives. (

"Special Talk"
Teaching History in California Classrooms
     By Dr. Rachel Reinhard, director of the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project. A graduate of Cal's doctoral history program, she draws upon her experience as an elementary school teacher, college professor, and professional development provider to help improve teacher practice and student learning in K-12 classrooms.

Documentary Show by Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project
Korean Cultural Fair: Experience Korean Culture such as Taekwondo lesson, Korean Calligraphy, Korean Folk games & songs, etc
Korean Academy for Youth Offered for Participants’ Family : Learn Korean basic expression & alphabet, Take Korean Cooking lessons, Play Korean Drums, Paper Folding, Learn Taekwondo, Try various Korean Folk games (*Submission of a separate application is needed)

How to Register
       1)   Complete the Brief Registration Form at the Following Link:
           ( Limited to the first 30 registrations.
2) After registering online, submit your deposit payment.
Mail a deposit of $20 (as check) to Silicon Valley Korean School at the following address:
P.O. Box 3129, Santa Clara, CA 95055
You will receive your deposit at the end of the workshop. If` you registered but cannot attend, you must contact us 48 hours before the event.