25 Years of KoreAm Covers: Documenting Tragedy

To mark the 25th anniversary of KoreAm Journal, we’re revisiting some memorable covers from the magazine’s archives.

Take a look at some of the creative talent, athletes, influential figures, social issues and tragic events that have appeared on our cover. The panoply of images, we hope, will serve as a historical flashback, a glimpse into the people that inspired us, the issues we explored and the events that called for deeper reflection over the last 25 years.

Here are some of the tragic events KoreAm has covered in the past 25 years. 


The Silent Famine in North Korea (Dec. 1998): A deep dive into North Korea’s famine and Korean Americans’ efforts to address the humanitarian crisis.


Sept. 11, 2001 (Oct. 2001): KoreAm dedicated an entire issue to the tragic events of 9/11 with stories, photo essays and reflections from members of the community.


Hurricane Katrina (Oct. 2005): Then-Senior Editor Corina Knoll traveled to Louisiana two weeks after Katrina hit and chronicled the path of devastation left in the wake of the storm.


Virginia Tech (May 2007):  In the aftermath of the Virginia Tech massacre in which student Seung-hui Cho went on a shooting rampage that left 32 dead before taking his own life, KoreAm took a close look at the grief felt around the country and community.

In the next installation of “25 Years of KoreAm Covers,” we’ll share some key social issues that have been featured on the KoreAm cover.

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