‘To know what it is to be Korean’: Foundation to build cultural center in Ely — MPR News

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— by Dan Kraker: When Wayne Kangas talks about his childhood on the Iron Range, it sounds idyllic. He was class president of his high school and captain of its baseball, basketball and football teams. He had loving and supportive parents, he said, who attended every game they could.

Still, something was missing. There was a hole in his life he had covered up, a void he didn’t even realize was there, until he left northeastern Minnesota for college in Wisconsin.

“It’s rooted in this connectedness to Korean culture, Koreans, and people like me,” he said…

Image: The Minneapolis-based K America Foundation, headed by Byongchan and Africa Yoon, purchased the Ely Community Center building last fall for $30,000. The foundation intends to raise $3 million to renovate the building and create summer camp programs for Korean-American children to teach the Korean language through arts and technology programming. Courtesy of Dan Kraker/MPR News

May 14, 2019


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