Jimmy Choi

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Jimmy Choi (Choi, Jin-Hwan) was the the founding board president of NAKASEC's affiliated Korean Resource Center (KRC). Jimmy Choi "served the KRC board for a total of 25 years where he supported the civil rights, education, and empowerment of Korean Americans. He is also a founding member of Korean Americans for Peace and Justice through which he actively participated in the Korea democracy movement."[1]


From his Obituary at the Korean Resource Center Website:

"Dr. Jimmy Choi was born in Korea on June 19, 1936. He obtained his MD (oral anatomy) from Seoul National University. He immigrated to the U.S in 1971 and graduated from the University of Southern California’s School of Dentistry in 1974. In addition to his professional activities as a dentist, Dr. Choi was an activist and philanthropist. Inspired by Korean patriot leaders Jang, Jun-Ha and Kim, Gu, Dr. Choi actively participated in democracy and civil rights movements for Koreans and Korean Americans, and worked for the reconciliation and reunification of Korea. He is most well known as the founding board president of Korean Resource Center, which has worked to educate and empower Korean Americans in the U.S. and had contributed to South Korea's democracy movement in the 1980s and 1990s. Dr. Choi spent his last years devoted to nurturing the next generation of Korean Americans to appreciate the legacy of Ham, Sok Hon, Jang, Jun-Ha, and Kim, Gu. Dr. Choi was a Christian and authored a book on biblical theology. Dr. Choi passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2012.

Trips to North Korea

In 2000, K. Connie Kang of the LA Times reported that Jimmy Choi "visited North Korea three times since 1981--most recently last year."[2]