Grants & Awards


Choi Sang Jin Professor Scholarship

Kyunghee University, Seoul, Korea

February 2008

• Annually select from fellowship committee one student who recognized excellence in academic performance and social contribution.

• The first year receiver


Research Assistant Scholarship

Kyunghee University, Seoul, Korea

February 2007 – Septembe 2008

• Top 5 research assistant receive each semester

• Total 4 consecutive times to received


Merit Scholarship

Kyunghee University, Seoul, Korea

May 2007

• Selective student receive annually

• Total 5% of student received this scholarship


Good Model Award

Kyunghee University, Seoul, Korea

September 2007

• Granted only top 10 student based on academic performance and volunteer record 


Neo-Renaissance Scholarship (Special Education Scholarship)

Kyunghee University, Seoul, Korea

January 2006

• Special study scholarship to study abroad

• Only 3 student each department can receive this grant


Exemplary Scholarship

Kyunghee University, Seoul, Korea

May 2001- September 2005

• Top 10% students based on GPA can receive

• Total 6 consecutive times to received


Golden Lion

Kyunghee University, Seoul, Korea

February 2002, February 2004

• Granted for more than 100 hours volunteer work each year


Bright Society

Kyunghee University, Seoul, Korea

February 2007


Volunteer Activities


Educational volunteer, New New Yorker project, Queens Museum of Art, Feburary, 2011- present


Community report volunteer, Weekly news reporting, Korean Bergen News, May 2012 – present 


Volunteer educator, Korean teaching, Bergen county area, May 2012 – present


Educational volunteer, Overseas volunteer service KHU, Jan 2005 – Feb 2005


Publications & Presentation 


Yang hwan choi. (March, 2012) Late Josen dynasty: the beginning of the spontaneous modernism period. Presented at Eastern sociological society annual meeting, New York, NY.


Yang hwan choi (March, 2008). Historical analysis of spinning top (Paing-i). Presented at Annual symposium of Korean society of language and literature in Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea.


Yang whan choi (August, 2007). Five findings from late Joseon literatures- focusing on new form of poetry. Presented at Annual symposium of Korean folklore society in Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea.


Yang hwan choi. (2012) Late Josen dynasty: the beginning of the spontaneous modernism period, Eastern sociological society annual meeting, New York, NY, 1(51), 25.


Yang hwan choi. (2009, March) Research of Sesipungyo in folklore study, Kyunghee University press, Seoul, Korea.




Korean Teaching Certificate Level-3 (Second language teaching)

Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Seoul, Korea

May 2007

• Licensed Korean teacher as second language

• The first official teaching certificate approved by Korean government


American Language Program Level-7

Columbia University, New York, NY

August, 2005                                                                       

• English program completion certificate


Language program

Uinversiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia

February 2005

• English program completion certificate 








EdD candidate in Interdisplinary study (International Educational Development & Adult and continuing education)

Concentration: Family education, Adult education 

Teachers college, New York, NY

Sept 2013- present


Master of Arts in Sociology 

Concentration: Statistics   

Queens College, Queens, NY

May 2012

Thesis defense date: May 20, 2012

Thesis Title: Korean modernity throughout colonial period statistical findings

Advisor: Joseph Nathan Cohen


Master of Arts in Korean language and literature  

Concentration: classical Korean literature  

Kyunghee University, Seoul, Korea

Feb 2009

Thesis defense date: Feb 21, 2009

Thesis Title: Research of ‘Sesipungyo’ in folklore study

Advisor: JungJea Lee


Bachelor of Art in Korean language and literature/ Korean teaching as second language

Concentration: Korean teaching/ classical literature

Kyunghee University, Seoul, Korea

Feb 2007



Experience (Education)


Korean Teacher


New York, NY

Korean as Second language teacher

January 2013- present

• Organized Korean adult teaching courses

• Developed Korean language curriculum and assessment development improving class and teaching environments


Teacher Assistant

Kyunghee University

Seoul, Korea

Chief Teacher Assistant in Korean language and literature department

February 2007- March 2009

• Collaborated on curriculum and assessment development

• Managed annual department budget resulting 20% increase student grants and    department Internet homepage rebuild

• Evaluated and graded all written assignments, including final exam papers

• Promoted academic performance undergraduate and graduate students organizing annual symposium


Teaching assistant

U-Penn-Kyunghee Collaborative

Seoul, Korea

Class teacher assistant

July 2006- September 2006

• Facilitated on curriculum and assessment development result top 5 satisfactory class

• Coordinated class preparation and class materials

• Stimulated active communication channel between students and professor adopting group seminar



Uinversiti Teknologi MARA

Shah Alam, Malaysia

Korean language as second language teacher

January 2005- February 2005

• Lectured Korean language and culture to Malaysians students focusing on Korean traditional culture 

• Received Malaysia Culture Minister’s citation 


Experience (work & Research)


Assistant researcher

Institute of Folklore Studies, Kyunghee University

Seoul, Korea

January 2007- March 2009

Dr. JungJea Lee

Research fieldwork assistant for government granted community research for 1.6 year

• Catalogued raw materials, interview local natives, and classified them using anthropological data analysis methods

• Organized annual symposiums collaborate with national folklore museum of South Korea

• Consolidated study groups on learning methodology receiving annual student group grant in 2008


Assistant researcher

Asian American Center, Queens College

New York, NY

January 2011- September 2011

Dr. Nila Chatterjee

Research for Asian student in Queens College (plot study)

• Moderated international Asian student interview

• Interviewed 13 international students in QC resulting research funding from Queens College using interview sheet and qualitative interview methods


Junior Executive Reporter

Korean Bergen News Inc., Englewood Cliff, NJ

May 2012 – August 2013

• Worked directly Chief Editor of the newspaper mostly focusing on community and general pages 

• Responsible for editing and interview local executives and community readers for local Koreans in Bergen County, NJ

• Conducted interviews of local business executives and government officials resulting best Korean weekly newspaper in Bergen County

• Branched new magazines (Health, and real-estate magazine) and other newspaper from successive successful quarter.    



New York Ilbo, Flushing, NY

September 2012 – November 2012

• Authored news articles for a major Korean local newspaper in Flushing and Queens area

• Publicized local issues through conducting interviews with local officials

• First interviewed Korean- American assembly 


Editor & Reporter

Korean Queens News, Flushing, NY

April 2012 – September 2012

• Edited all locally published news and community issues

• The first newspaper revealed Korean elderly case in flushing

• Coordinated interviews with local officials and community reader


Education Intern

Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY

January 2011 – August 2011

• Assisted in development of NewNewyorker Program promote Korean community and Korean traditional art class

• Organized Korean traditional painting class, doubling average total participants

• Hosted first "Idea Salon", an art conference for budding artists in QMA

• Served as an interpreter and translator for Korean artists and their work (historical analysis)

• Coordinated an art exhibition (Sung Hwan Kim)


Department Senate (2nd grade)

Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea

March 2002 – December 2002

• Representative of Korean language teaching department

• Organized annual meetings and event

• Organized first home coming day

Yang hwan choi 


Born in Gwang ju, South Korea 

Lives & works in NY, NJ /