Korean Association of Retired Persons
The Korean Association of Retired Persons, also known as KARP, is an international, not-for-profit
Non-profit organization
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, non-governmental organization
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 affiliated with the United Nations
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. It is dedicated to serving the interests and needs of Koreans ages 50+.

Since its inception in 1996 in New York
New York
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, KARP has been active in providing tangible services not only to its members, but also to the communities as a whole. As a result, KARP has realized a significant growth from its original 20 charter members to its current base of approximately 100,000. This continually expanding membership base represents an impressive position within the ageing society in Korea
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Organizational role

The primary objective of KARP is to assist and advocate Koreans and Korean-Americans in adapting their lifestyles as they age. Our association works both on a personal and a global level information exchange and clearinghouse on matters concerning ageing
Ageing or aging is the accumulation of changes in a person over time. Ageing in humans refers to a multidimensional process of physical, psychological, and social change. Some dimensions of ageing grow and expand over time, while others decline...

, legislation
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, and regulatory issues that affect the quality of life of the community. KARP also functions as a catalyst to further the mutually beneficial relationships between the NGOs of the United Nations around the globe. Through our activities on the local, national, and international level, our association is devoted to the betterment of the ageing Korean and Korean-American communities.

About founder

Myong Y. Juch, is the president of the KARP, a prominent NGO for people 50+ in Korea.
He is on KBS Radio and JCBN television weekly basis with Ageing and other related Social issues.

As an immigrant early in eighties, he and his wife opened a delicatessen
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 in the upper West Side
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 of Manhattan
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 and served his community.

He served two terms as President of Korean-American Grocer’s Association (KAGRO) which has membership of over 3,500 store owners in the New York metropolitan area
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In 1994, Myong Juch was elected as the 23rd President of the Korean-American Association of Greater New York (KAANY), to represent 450,000 Korean-Americans.

After serving his term, Myong became a McDonald's
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 Owner/Operator in New York City.
He was the first Korean to own and operate McDonald’s in the United States
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Myong Juch has been a leader in developing service for the Korean-American community, as well as Asian and advocated to the local, state and federal government; and has been a community liaison with other ethnic group.

Myong Juch, holds a Master of Science degree from Mercy College
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, and continued his education in Minority Business Executive Program at Tuck’s, Dartmouth College
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, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Course at New York University
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He was awarded Doctor of Commercial Science, honoris causa, from Mercy College, New York.

He has served as a board of directors with New York City Community Board 5,
Asian Community Advisor to New York City Mayor Dinkins
David Dinkins
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Board Member of Asian-American Business Development Center (AABDC),
Mercy College Board of trustee,
Board Member of Korean Youth Foundation (KYF) of New York.
He is also a voting member of AMCHAM, American Chamber of Commerce in Korea.
Board Member of International Federation of Ageing (IFA, Montreal Canada)
Board Member of Korean Gerontology Association
Board Member of Korean Social Welfare for the Aged
Board Member of Seoul City Volunteer Association
Presidential Committee on Ageing (Korea), and Committee Member of Social Enterprise of Ministry of Labor (MOL)

His is the author of (In Korean, 1998), “Learn from Americans” published in Korea.
Among many awards he has received, He is the recipient of Ellis Island Medal of Honor
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 with President Bill Clinton
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 1997, “the National Minority Retail Firm Award 1999” from US Department of Commerce, Governor’s Award of Excellence 2000 from New York State Governor, George Pataki
George Pataki
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, and “Man of the Year 2000” by the Korean International YMCA in New York.

Myong Juch returned to Korea in late 2001, to serve as the President of KARP.

KARP activities

In our enduring commitment to serve our members, KARP continues to develop and implement innovative programs. These programs, both currently ongoing or being planned for the near future, include the following;
  • KARP’s Monthly Magazine
  • Annual Award Banquet
  • Membership Service Programs
  • Domestic NGO Coalition
  • UN & International NGO Coalition
  • Cultural Exchanges
  • Conventions
  • Walk Korea; Walkthon
  • Motor Korea
  • WHO, The Global Embrace
  • 456 Festival
  • KARP Street Fair
  • Seminars/Workshops

External links

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