Thursday, May 15, 2008

Press Conference Friday in Los Angeles

Files for download:
  1. Complete Press Packet (English, Korean, and Chinese together)
  2. Media Advisory (English, Korean, Chinese - separate files by language)
  3. Press Release (English, Chinese - separate files by language)
MAY 13, 2008

Media Contacts:
Chinese Media: Jeffrey Shieh – 626-251-3547 (
William Hsiao – 415-794-9770 (
Japanese Media: Andrew Leong – 510-301-0867 (
William Hsiao – 415-794-9770 (
Korean Media: Christine Hong – 510-658-3310 (
David Malinowski - 510-717-2367 (


WHAT: A diverse coalition of UC Berkeley students will hold a press conference to address the devastating effect of impending California state budget cuts on the East Asian Languages and Cultures Department (EALC), while highlighting the historical neglect of the Korean Studies Program at UC Berkeley. In addition, this press conference is intended to appeal to local communities for donations to save Korean, Chinese, and Japanese language programs at UC Berkeley.

The impact of budget cuts on EALC as of Fall 2008:

➢ Percentage of classes to be cut from each language in EALC
  • Japanese 40%
  • Chinese 54%
  • Korean 66%
➢ Numbers of students to be cut from next year's classes (3200 to 1500 students)
  • Japanese: 496
  • Chinese: 550
  • Korean: 484

At Berkeley, the flagship campus of the major university on the Pacific Rim, ethnic Asian students represent a near majority—45% out of 40,000.

WHO: Members of Committee to Save East Asian Languages and Korean Studies at Berkeley
Student & Community Organizations Endorsing the Issue

WHEN: Friday, May 16, 2008

TIME: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: KAEDC (Korean American Economic Development Center) Office
3807 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1106
Los Angeles, CA 90010

1 comment:

Vicki Mabrey said...

I like your points; I recently joined as a newspaper correspondent & want to write an article on Charles Wang . This is the summary of him; he started his career at early age, now he is the co-founder of Computer Associates International, Inc. (later renamed to CA, Inc., then CA Technologies) and owner of the New York Islanders ice hockey team and their AHL affiliates, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He also donated over $50 million dollars to the State University of New York at Stony Brook for the construction of the Charles B. Wang Center. Is there anting else I am missing?