President Gordon Hoxie's account about the early relationship and its players.

 

Introduction


Long Island University's relationship with Korea dates back to the end of the Korean War. Veterans of the war, as well as some Korean students who attended C.W. Post during its early years, were eager to establish relations. One of the earliest formal partnerships that the University developed through the efforts of the founder and president of Chung Ang University, Dr. Louise Yin. As early as 1962, Long Island University and Chung Ang University had established faculty and student exchanges. In 1964, Dr. R. Gordon Hoxie, President of Long Island University, received an honorary degree from Chung Ang University.

During Dr. Hoxie's tenure at LIU, a number of high-ranking Koreans visited the University, including several who served as Prime Minister. These distinguished guests included J.P. Kim and Il Fong Chung, one of the heroes of the Korean War who later became Prime Minister.

Since the 1950s, the University's relationships with several Korean universities have developed and grown. The idea of exchanges officially started in 1984 with plans for an exchange between the University of Missouri/Kansas City and Keimyung University on which Professor Richard Knoll of that University and Dr. Dan Levin, Professor of English at C.W. Post, both Fulbright visiting professors at Keimyung University worked together. Professor Knoll's university initiated the project, and after its vice president visited Keimyung University, they hammered out the details. While working on those details, then-president of Keimyung University, Tae Han Kim, suggested to Dr. Levin that Long Island University participate in such an exchange as well. The success of this idea was proven, and the number of relationships between Long Island University and Korean Universities has continued to grow.

In 1995, with the founding of the Korea Project, now known as the Korea Center, by Dr. Changboh Chee, the ties that Long Island University has enjoyed with Korea and the Korean community in the United States were strengthened. Through the Korea Center, Dr. Chee has been active in assisting Korean students studying at Long Island University adjust to the American lifestyle, language, or to overcome academic difficulties. He also encourages American students to study abroad in Korea, and has been a successful fundraiser to help provide scholarship money for LIU/Korea study abroad students. In addition to helping students, the Korea Center hosts a variety of Korean cultural events, ranging from art exhibitions to dance performances.