Notice of Meeting

Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017

Time: 7:30 pm

Place: Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC Campus, 515 West Hastings Street (between Seymour and Richards Streets) in the Diamond Lounge

Speaker: Bong-Hwan Kim

Topic: A Comparison of Integration Experiences of Korean Canadians in Vancouver and Winnipeg and Their Sense of Belonging and Identity


The purpose of this paper is to understand and measure the integration experiences of Korean immigrants in Vancouver and Winnipeg in terms of their economic, social, and political domains. By comparing the two communities the paper will note the similarities and differences and provide possible answers that may account for the differences. It is important to note that the findings about the Korean immigrants in Vancouver can only be considered tentative for the direct comparison of the two communities is very difficult for the coverage and methods employed are significantly different. The analysis has shown that high levels of the perception of racism felt by Korean immigrants in Winnipeg. Other findings suggest that Korean immigrants in Vancouver are somewhat tentative in their sense of belonging to Canada presumably because of the closer proximity between Korea and Vancouver compared with Winnipeg. Korean immigrants in Vancouver are influenced by the pervasive presence of Korean media, restaurants, shops and other Korean businesses, religious and service organizations, and cultural amenities.

Transnational political activity is minimal judging by the very low voting rates (3.2%) recorded for the Korean general election held on April 5, 2016. It appears that Korean Canadians in Vancouver take full advantage of Canadian citizenship while still maintaining ties to Korea as it suits them best. On the contrary, Korean Canadians in Winnipeg appear to try hard to integrate into Canadian society despite the various barriers confronting them. A brief comparison of the results of this study with the national sample will be presented.

Brief Biography:

Bong-Hwan is retired from the Government of Manitoba after working as a research and policy analyst for 25 years. He has extensive community service records, including:

  • President, Korean Society of Manitoba
  • President, Korean Canadian Housing Corporation Inc.
  • Vice-president, Folk Arts Council of Winnipeg Inc.
  • Ambassador General for Folklorama cultural festival in Winnipeg
  • Chair, Refugee Concerns Committee, Winnipeg Presbytery, United Church of Canada
  • President, Canadian Evaluation Society, Manitoba Chapter

Bong-Hwan taught sociology at the Graduate Institute of Peace Studies, Kyung Hee University in the Republic of Korea for two fall terms in 2014 and 2016. He earned an M.A. in economics from York University and M.A. in political studies and a Ph.D. degree in Sociology from the University of Manitoba. He is married to his wife Hong Ja and has three married sons and seven grandchildren. He currently serves as a Director of the Korean Senior Citizens’ Society of B.C. and teaches Canadian history at the Korean Seniors’ College.

Last Meeting: February 16, 2017

At the age of 51, Hugh Lindsay made a career move that profoundly changed his life and how he looked at it. When he turned 70, he took a course in the Adults 55+ program at SFU that helped him understand what was happening to him and how it can be possible to say, “You’re not getting older; you’re getting better.” In this presentation, written as he turned 75, he will share what he has learned about the mature mind from SFU courses and his personal experience, and then invite comments, questions and discussion.

Hugh has had three paid careers. He was employed as an accountant in public practice in the UK and Canada. He was a corporate manager with SFU and ICBC, and he has been a contract teacher and writer on insurance, risk management and governance. In the process he has earned two professional designations: Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Insurance Professional, and numerous certificates and diplomas—but no university degree.  Hugh is a life-long leaner and volunteer who continues to follow his interests in retirement by serving on boards and committees, and by taking courses (as a student) in the Adults 55+ Program at SFU.

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