Delegates and speakers for the 2005 Overseas Koreans Foundation conference with local association hosts, Kwang Lim Koh Memorial, Chejudo, Korea
Dr. Hesung Chun Koh has influenced generations of Korean Americans through her work as an educator, mentor, leader, sometimes surrogate mother, and friend. Many of these Korean Americans have gone on to become recognized leaders in their own fields, but all share a strong desire to live their lives in accordance with Dr. Koh’s trademark maxim, passed down to her from her mother - “one’s skill should never exceed one’s virtue.”
Understanding that all diaspora Koreans face similar struggles and issues, and recognizing the need for vision and leadership in Korean diaspora communities, Dr. Koh has turned ERI’s attention to these communities in recent years. Taking advantage of more than 50 years experience creating new ways to make Korean culture relevant to Korean Americans, Dr. Koh has also brought her message to Koreans everywhere, influencing Koreans abroad in the process.
On this occasion of Dr. Koh’s 80th birthday, these international ERI “offspring” are honored to share their thoughts and remembrances of Dr. Koh. They invite you to sample some of these essays written to pay tribute to a truly remarkable woman who has touched so many lives.
Happy 80th Birthday, Dr. Koh!