The East Asian Studies Center awards the title of Cultural Ambassador to individuals who promote awareness of East Asian culture, history, art and philosophy. These ambassadors educate people in the Midwest through presentations, workshops, cultural events and artistic performances. They also connect people to East Asian resources, organize outreach activities, assist with fundraising, and/or mentor inbound international students or students here to study East Asia.
Ms. Cheun has been serving the Bloomington community for over 15 years as a Korean language instructor and coordinator. She regularly participates in Asianfest and other events that introduce Korean culture to the Bloomington community. Helena has also served as principal of the Korean Language School of Bloomington and assisted at the Tri-North Middle School of Bloomington, the Crisis Pregnancy Center, and the Bloomington Hospital.
Kyoung Wan (Cathy) Shin
Ms. Shin is currently a doctoral student of Curriculum and Instruction at Indiana University. She works closely with the Korean School in Bloomington for Culture Day and other events. Before coming to Bloomington, Ms. Shin served as the secretary for a Korean chapter of Soroptimist International, a volunteer organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls, and was involved in Project Sierra, a sustainable program that transforms lives by empowering thousands of young women, families, and children living on the war-torn streets of Sierra Leone.
In May this year, Ms. Jen participated on behalf of the East Asian Studies Center in a Social Science workshop, where she delivered a highly regarded presentation on Taoism, Confucianism, and Christianity and the impact of those beliefs on Chinese culture and education. She has also trained current and future leaders at Indiana Wesleyan University and in Beijing. After being ordained a minister in 2010, she has specialized in cross-cultural counseling, communication, and inter-personal relationships.
James Min-Ching and Jenny S. Yang
After receiving his PhD in English and American Literature from Indiana University, Mr. Yang taught at National Normal University and National Tsing-Hua University in Taiwan. Retiring in 2001, he and his wife returned to Bloomington, where their profound cultural insights and knowledge of English have proven tremendous assets. They have taught Chinese language and culture at many events and institutions, including the People’s University, John Waldon Arts Center, IU Art Museum, and EASC-sponsored summer program for K-12 educators. Mr. Yang’s calligraphy and paintings have been featured in several local art galleries and he regularly performs Chinese Erhu music at the Asian Culture Center, IU Auditorium, the Bloomington Farmer’s Market, and many other venues. Ms. Yang’s lectures on Tai-Chi Chuan, Chi Kung, Sword Kung Fu, and other cultural arts have also been highly praised.