Yale Club of Korea
The Yale Club of Korea is the overarching organization connecting all Yale alumni in or connected to the Republic of Korea, recognized as a Regional Club under the Yale Alumni Association (YAA).
The Club was founded informally in the late 1960’s to early 1970’s by the pioneer generation of Korea-based alumni, who have been early leaders not only in academics, but also law, medicine, politics, public health, business, and other areas. Currently about 700-strong, the Club has grown not only in size, but also in terms of diversity, now comprising a substantial and growing number of graduates of Yale College.
The Club strives to create an intimate family-like community to offer a closest experience of being “at Yale” short of actually being in New Haven, including by welcoming the new graduates/returnees to Korea, introducing the newly-in Korea to fellow Yalies in Korea, and connecting the newly-admitted to full-fledged Elis.
We sponsor luncheon speaker fora, special lectures, community service events through “Yale Day of Service”, organize golf outings, seasonal dinner parties and ad-hoc events to welcome visiting faculty or a cappella groups.
As the lyrics to our unofficial alma mater, Bright College Years, aptly put it, Yale Club of Korea strives to foster that special mutual bond among Korea-based alumni stemming from the shared Yale experience:
The seasons come, the seasons go,
The earth is green or white with snow,
But time and change shall naught avail
To break the friendships formed at Yale. ”
The Leaders of the Yale Club of Korea represent the interests of local alumni, support and enhance existing club programs, and help foster innovative ways to facilitate interaction between alumni and throughout the broader Korea and Yale communities.
Charles Lho '85 MPPM, President, 2023-
Jeongbon Kim '96 MPPM, Secretary, 2020-
Phillip Ham '86, Treasurer, 2019-
Haelyung Hwang '80, YAA Delegate, 2022-2024
1st George Paik
2nd Sungcheon Jeon
3rd Hongkoo Lee
4th Seongyawng Park (1993-2005)
5th Youngmoo Shin (2005-2011)
6th Daeyun Cho (2012-2014)
7th Donghyun Dean Park (2015-2017)
8th Haelyung Hwang (2018-2019)
9th Young Joon Kim (2020-2022)