Welcome Address

Kenneth An, JD, Director, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Kenneth An is the Director of the Boston Area Office of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). At the EEOC, Kenneth has conducted outreach with the Asian-American community and eliminated discriminatory job advertisements in Chinese newspapers that were circulated nationally. Kenneth has sat on several Boards, such as the New England Chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans, and he co-chair the Asian Pacific American Heritage celebration at the JFK Federal Building. Kenneth is a co-founder of Quincy Asian Resources, a not-for-profit organization in Quincy, Massachusetts, and has chaired several fundraisers that helped raise more than a quarter million dollars for community and youth-based programs. Kenneth served on the Massachusetts Asian-American Commission and is a member of the White House AAPI Interagency Workgroup for Region One.

At the EEOC, Kenneth conducts training for new investigators for field offices on topics that include: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender rights; the Genetic Non-Discrimination Information Act; Fact-Finding Conferences; Pre-Determination Interviews; and, Human Trafficking and how to better serve the Asian-American Pacific Islander. Kenneth has received awards for his professional and personal accomplishments, including an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Federal Asian Pacific American Coalition; EEOC District Director’s Awards; EEOC Chair’s Organizational/Core Awards; and, an Unsung Hero Award from the National Organization of Chinese-Americans. 

Kenneth received his Bachelor’s Degree from Boston University and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.

Kenneth immigrated to the United States from Taiwan and also speaks Mandarin and Cantonese.

Rokuichiro Michii, Consulate General of Japan

Rokuichiro Michii has been the Consul General of Japan in Boston since September 2016. From 2012 – 2015, Mr. Michii served as Minister at the Embassy of Japan in Moscow, Russia. Also abroad, he was Pol-Mil officer at the Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C. (1998  – 2001), Counselor at the Embassy of Japan in Myanmar (2001 – 2003). In Foreign Ministry headquarters, from 2007 – 2012, he served as Director of Treaties Division and others in the Treaty Bureau. He was also Director of the Newly Independent States Division (2003 – 2005), Counter Terrorism Cooperation Division (2005 – 2007) and spend many years in US-Japan Security Treaty Division as well as UN Policy Division. Mr. Michii’s area of expertise includes security, international law, trade negotiations, science and cooperative efforts. Mr. Michii has also published papers and articles on international law, with topics focusing on compensation for damage from nuclear accidents, space cooperation and others.

Kim Yonghyon, Consulate General of the Republic of Korea

Mr. Kim is Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Boston. As a career diplomat, he brings thirty years of diplomatic expertise and experience to his office, which he assumed in December 2017. His duties include, inter alia, protecting the interests of the Republic of Korea and overseas Koreans in New England, and furthering the development of commercial, economic, cultural and scientific relations between the Republic of Korea and the United States, in particular New England region.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Kim was Director-General for Korean Peninsula Peace Regime from March 2016. He also worked in the same bureau as Deputy Director-General for North Korean Nuclear Affairs for two years, starting from June 2014. He oversaw North Korea-related issues such as regional security cooperation, unification diplomacy and human rights situations. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Kim served as Korean Consul General in Erbil, Iraq. In his service in the Korean Consulate General in New York from 2009 to 2012, he worked on political and cultural public diplomacy, promoting public awareness on North Korea’s human rights situation, nuclear and missile threats. From 2008 to 2009, he worked on reinvigorating the ROK-US alliance focusing on strengthening bilateral security partnership as the Director of the ROK-US Security Cooperation Division in the North American Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2005 to 2008, he was deeply involved in the Six Party Talks process on North Korea’s denuclearization, as political officer at the ROK Embassy in Beijing. He worked mainly on Korean Peninsula security issues, among other posts, working at the ROK Embassy in Washington (1999-2001), where his focus was ROK-US pol-mil cooperation. He also served in the National Security Council of the President’s Office (2003-2004). He entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1990.

He graduated from the Seoul National University in 1989 majoring in international relations, studied at the Pennsylvania State University (1992-1994). He lives in Newton, Massachusetts with his wife. He has two adult children.

Douglas Hsu, Director-General, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston

Douglas Hsu is currently the Director-General, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston, U.S. 

His prior experiences include,

Deputy Director-General, Department of North American Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2016.09-2018.04)
Deputy Counselor, Department of North American Affairs, MOFA (2015.07-2016.09)
Deputy Political Director, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S. (2013.07-2015.07)
Deputy Congressional Director, TECRO in the U.S. (2012.01-2013.07)
Senior Executive Officer, Congressional Liaison Division, TECRO in the U.S. (2009.07-2012.01)
Chief, First (Political) Section, Department of North American Affairs,
MOFA (2007.01-2009.01)
Senior Officer, Department of North American Affairs, MOFA (2006.01-2007.01)
Assistant then Senior Assistant to the Representative, Congressional
Liaison Division, TECRO in the U.S. (2000.01-2006.01)
Desk Officer, Department of North American Affairs, MOFA (1998.01-