I grew up in Cheonan, South Korea and received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Diplomacy from Kookmin University in Seoul, South Korea. I served as a 154th Korean Navy Recruiter and worked for the Overseas Development Corporation in Korea. In 1981, I came to the United States for a graduate program at Coppin State University in Baltimore.
I received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Eastern Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, Virginia.
I received the Korean Presidential Award in recognition of 35 years of service in the Washington-Baltimore region connecting the Korean American community with South Korea and American society and enriching the lives of 2nd generation Korean Americans. Working as a local journalist, I am focused on promoting harmony between the Korean American and African American community.
I served as Commissioner of the City of Baltimore Anti-Racism Committee and advisor to the Baltimore Police Department, a founding member of the Korea Lifelong Education Association and the 30th president of the Korean Association of Maryland (2008-2010). I also served as the representative of Inpass (International New Praise Support Association) and as the 6th President of the Korean American Foundation-Greater Washington.
I retired on September 30, 2017 from the administrative department of the 8th Circuit Court in Maryland. I have written on the KBS Worldnet blog since the early 2000s. I published The Troublesome Dad (2016), The Proud Dad (2016), and The Christian Dad (2020) which focus on experiences as a Korean immigrant to the United States.