East Rock Institute takes a multifaceted approach to culture education in terms of both content and approach. Throughout our 60+ year history, we’ve explored topics as varied as East Asian law, fashion, brush painting, fairy tales, and most recently, aging.

For more than 30 years, we held annual conferences, seminars and workshops specially designed for groups as dissimilar as Korean American college students, families of Korean adoptees, Korean language instructors, international businessmen and women, and economic trade leaders.

Through Teach Korea Corps, we offer a series of courses on Korean and Korean American culture to college professors and high school teachers to ensure the inclusion of Korea in East Asian studies. Through our Korean Diaspora project, we’ve begun exploring the lives of ethnic Koreans living in more than 150 countries around the world, in places as diverse as China, Japan, Kazakhstan, and Western Europe. For CultureWear, we’ve organized four international conferences as well as a Manhattan-based fashion show (Fashion Diaspora) as an unprecedented examination of the intersection between culture and fashion.

And throughout these different endeavors, we’ve never lost sight of the importance of helping those in a position to support the development of young Korean Americans–including parents, teachers and faith leaders–to be more knowledgeable about their own culture and history.

But whatever the focus and forum may be, there are several basic tenets that characterize and define culture education as designed and delivered by East Rock Institute.

  • Everything we do, we do in a cross-cultural context. We compare a perspective that is Korean, Korean American or both to that of another—China, Japan, Vietnam, and many others. We firmly believe (and have proven repeatedly) that this kind of comparative exploration provides incredibly rich learning opportunities.
  • We dig deep to get at underlying cultural values. We are driven by the discovery, analysis and shared understanding of the underlying cultural values that explain a group’s behavior and point of view.
  • The best minds (with great hearts) generously work with us. East Rock Institute brings to our educational conferences and meetings pre-eminent scholars and lead practitioners.
  • We do our homework and research. East Rock Institute houses the largest archive of materials on Korean and Korean American studies in the Western hemisphere. And we add to this rich resource year after year with new groundbreaking studies.

We welcome those interested in learning more about culture education through East Rock Institute. Send us an email.


Sampling of Past Conferences and Workshops

Teach Korea Corps

  • Beyond Inner Room: Enhancing Cultural Competency through studies of Korean Women
  • Korean Culture and History for Educators
  • Korean Culture Curriculum Development for the Digital Age
  • Beyond Words: Korean Culture Through Literature, Film, and Storytelling
  • Korean Culture Through Language, Diaspora, Life Cycle Rituals, Foods and Clothing: A Comparative View
  • Korean Culture and History within the East Asian Context
  • Korean Culture and History Through Film, Literature and the Arts
  • Bridging Cultures: Trailblazers and Visionaries


  • Fashion Diaspora: Wearing Culture On Your Sleeve
  • Diaspora, Globalization, and Design – Exploring the Forces Shaping Contemporary Cross – Cultural Practices
  • Cultural Fashion in Diaspora: Ethnic Costume, Fashion, and CultureWear


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