Recent Projects & Events
Korean Connection is heavily involved in the West Michigan community, and collaborates with both city government and local leaders to accomplish its mission. Most recently, we were recognized by the MSU Council on Korean Studies for our service to the broader Michigan Community.
We're well-known for our popular Korean language classes and cooking experiences.
We also annually:
Host tables at the Grand Rapids Public Museum's Ethnic Heritage Festival and the Grand Rapids Asian Festival to build awareness of the presence of our Korean population with unique and beautiful art forms including dance and food.
Host a community picnic in Millennium Park to celebrate The National Liberation Day of Korea.
Invite the Grand Rapids community to share with us a Korean dinner.
Before COVID, we hosted Christmas and Halloween parties for Korean students who are studying in West Michigan.
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.
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.