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Recent Projects & Events

“Celebrating Seollal” at Frederik Meijer Gardens 

We hosted over 150 guests and taught them about Korean Lunar New Year/Seollol traditions. There were games such as jaegi (hacky sack), paengi (spinning top), and yutnori (board game). Those present were also taught sebae, the tradition of honoring elders by formal bowing. Coloring and origami were also enjoyed by all.

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2023 Grand Rapids Public Museum Cultural Heritage Festival

Thank you to everyone who came out to see us at the Grand Rapids Public Museum Cultural Heritage Festival! The festival brings in cultural organizations throughout West Michigan to share with the community their background, connection to West Michigan, and the country they represent. 

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2023 Liberation Day Picnic

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Liberation Day Picnic! It was a wonderful time eating Korean food provided by Firefox & CM Chicken. The South Korean flag themed cake pops provided by @ogs_bakery were a real treat too!

We look forward to seeing everyone at next years picnic!

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Korean Connection Supports United Veterans Council of West Michigan

The $5,000 donation was the result of generous funds raised at the 10/70 Anniversary Celebration held by Korean Connection on April 20, 2023.

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10/70 Event

Thank you for celebrating Korean Connection's 10th anniversary and recognizing the service of our veterans at the 10/70 Anniversary event!

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Honored by the MSU Council on Korean Studies

On October 1, 2022, Korean Connection was honored at Michigan State University by the Council of Korean Studies, and presented with the Special Service Award.

  • Thank you Dr. Sung Lee and Roger Thornburg for this nomination.

  • Thank you Peter Yoon and the Council of Korean Studies.

  • Thank you board members and volunteers past and present.

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Annual Liberation Day Picnic

Korean Connection hosts a community picnic in Millennium Park on August 15, which is The National Liberation Day of Korea. This day celebrates the United States and the Soviet Union's liberation of Korea from 35 years of Japanese rule.

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Royyal Dog Mural Commission & Ceremony

In Summer 2022, Korean Connection and Roger Thornburg LLC helped bring an internationally-acclaimed Korean graffiti artist, Royyal Dog to Grand Rapids, MI to create a photorealistic mural on the Hopson Flats building located across from Founders Brewing Co.

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Grand Rapids x Gangnam Sister City

On September 26, 2021, Mayor Bliss and City Manager Washington had a virtual signing ceremony with Gangnam-gu's Mayor Jeong Sun-kyun to discuss the planned Sister City relationship between Grand Rapids and Gangnam-gu.

Discussions included opportunities for artistic, cultural and economic exchanges, such as Gangnam-gu's continued hosting of ArtPrize in a pop-up format, K-Pop concerts in Grand Rapids as well as start-up, business and medical partnerships.

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Chuseok: A Korean Thanksgiving 

Korean Connection chose in 2019 to formally celebrate Chuseok for the first time in thanks to West Michigan for its many years of support and participation in the organization's Korean language classes, cooking classes and more.

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