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Jinyoung Jin
Appointed Associate Director
for Cultural Programs
at the Charles B. Wang
Asian/American Center
at Stony Brook University

Jin Sends Letter of Greeting to Wang Center Community

September 25, 2013

Jinyoung Jin has been appointed Associate Director for Cultural Programs at the Charles B. Wang Asian/American Center at Stony Brook University. For the past ten years Jin was the Gallery Director in the Arts Department of The Korea Society in Manhattan. She brings to the Wang AAC a wide range of academic training and institutional experience in cultural and artistic matters.

“I am deeply honored by this appointment," Jin stated, and I am eager to work closely with artists and scholars from the different ethnic Asian communities in order to offer a diverse learning environment while at the same time providing cultural stimulation of the local communities as well. I would like to make the Charles Wang Center the center of excellence in Asian culture and heritage, and I want to be a cultural ambassador who can contribute substantially to the next stage of the Charles Wang Center’s development.”

During her tenure at The Korea Society, Jin played a critical role in establishing the Arts Department. She introduced diverse programs including in-house and traveling exhibitions, musical performances, films, lectures and workshops that provided a wider understanding of Korea and its culture to United States audiences. Jin's particular focus is on visual culture, where she often explores unique subjects and materials. 

Some exhibitions Jin curated include The Hidden Beauty of Korea Captured by Five Artists from Abroad 1920s-1950s (2013), 10,000 Threads: The Collected Works of Quilt Master Kim Haeja (2011), Missionary Photography in Korea: Encountering the West Through Christianity (2009), North Korean Images at Utopia’s Edge (2008), Toy Stories: Souvenirs from Korean Childhood (2008), Korean Funerary Figures: Companions for the Journey to the Other World (2007), Gods, Demons, and Generals: Icons of Korean Shamanism (2006) and Korean Comics: A Society Through Small Frames (2005). Jin's exhibitions often garnered major laudatory reviews in the New York Times, Japan Times, L.A. Weekly and a number of academic journals.

As Associate Director of Cultural Programs, Jin's primary role will be to continue the path set by her predecessor at the Wang AAC to have it be a premier cultural venue promoting cross-cultural exchanges and an understanding of Asian and Asian American cultures.

Fluent in Korean and English, Jin holds an M.A. in art history from Columbia University, an M.A. in arts administration from FIT, and a B.A. in art history from Hong-Ik University in South Korea.

Alumni Editor's Note: In 2009 the Wang AAC architect, PH Tuan, and I attended a talk and reception at The Korea Society entitled TradINNOVAtion: New Trends in Contemporary Korean Architecture, featuring Doojin Hwang. It was excellent and if it is symbolic of the programs Jin puts together, the Charles B. Wang Asian/American Center's professional events future looks bright, assuming the University still gives her a budget to put together as many events as her predecessor did. This semester the Confucius Institute and Korean Studies are also having films, speakers and workshops series which hopefully will continue in the future. More importantly for students, the University has just begun to allow Asian and Asian American student organizations to hold their events (though not meetings) in the Wang AAC free of charge too, just as in SAC or the Union. So hopefully next year, when all of this comes together, Wang AAC will be a lively place, not simply somewhere students go to eat. If only the classic Suzhou garden would still be there for them to enjoy as well, the Wang AAC might actually have become what it was meant to be. - JY

The above is an edited version of the University's press release with additional information from the following online sources.


Dear Friends of the Charles B. Wang Center,


My name is Jinyoung Jin, and I am delighted to introduce myself as the new Associate Director of Cultural Programs at the Charles B. Wang Center. As Associate Director, I will work to stimulate and broaden connections between Asian and American cultures, and to encourage contemporary American audiences to develop a deeper and more textured understanding of Asian cultures. I will also work to give Asian American students opportunities to share their rich heritages and cultures with the campus and community.


I am Korean American, originally from South Korea, and I come to the Wang Center after ten years managing arts and cultural programs at The Korea Society in New York City. I have lived in the United States over the past fifteen years, and hold an M.A. in art history from Columbia University and a B.A. in art history from Hong-Ik University in South Korea.


Going forward, I hope to attract broader and younger audiences to the Charles B. Wang Center by introducing appealing new programs, investing in strategic marketing, and collaborating with community organizations in order to stimulate local community interest. I feel very passionate about communicating Asian culture and heritage to the Stony Brook students and to the local community, and am eager to learn more about cultures from all regions of Asia.


Thank you for being part of the Charles B. Wang Center's dedicated community of supporters. I hope that we can count on your continued interest and involvement, and look forward to meeting you as we move forward with our exciting new season.


Best wishes,


Jinyoung A. Jin


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