Pathways to Cross-Cultural Understanding (PCCU) was incorporated in the State of Indiana on May 5, 2020. It was organized exclusively for educational and charitable purposes on June 16, 2020, as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
I came to have an interest in cross-cultural issues and the hardships of people who are living in foreign countries through reflecting on my own life and work in America and imagining what my father’s difficulties as an expatriate in a Japanese company when I was in grade school, were like. Since my father behaved so confidently and took pride in his excellent job performance, I had never imagined that there would be difficulties in living and working in a foreign country until I myself came to the United States for a study abroad program and subsequent careers.
Living abroad can be an exciting experience but at the same time, it can be difficult to adjust to a new culture and a new society.
We are proud to share the mission and vision of PCCU with all who are interested in making a difference in our common humanity and creating an overall higher quality of life.
Pathways to Cross-Cultural Understanding (PCCU) is an international, nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to helping individuals and groups from Asia adjust to learning, working, and living in North America. Through sharing experiences and resources to promote cross-cultural understanding, we also hope to advance North Americans’ awareness of Asian cultures. PCCU creates a harmonious society so that people of all backgrounds can be confident and happy living in North America.
Through this unique mission and vision, PCCU promotes compassion for the complexity of adapting to a new culture, exchanges knowledge of unique cross-cultural implications, develops a database that allows individuals to share personal experiences in different cultures, creates a network of advocates who can connect with individuals and groups, assists in educating organizations multi-culturally, and reaches out to communities through cultural and educational programs.
The two interlocking red and blue circles of the PCCU logo indicate two different populations and geographic areas of PCCU focus, Asian and American respectively. The four colors - red, blue, green, and purple - of PCCU imply that PCCU embraces people of diverse and multicultural backgrounds. Therefore, the PCCU logo symbolically encapsulates the entire core principle of our organization and the mission and vision we wish to bring about in the world.
We appreciate your visit to our website and look forward to your participation in this exciting adventure of cross-cultural sharing and mutual enhancement with the aim of promoting confident well being and happy lives.
Hye-Seung “Theresa” Kang
Founder & President
Pathways to Cross-Cultural Understanding
The purpose of our organization is “to promote cross-cultural understanding” answering why it exists. In order to achieve this mission, the goals of the organization are to promote compassion for the complexity of adapting to a new culture, to develop a database that allows individuals to share personal experiences in a new country, to create a network of advocates that can connect with individuals and assist in educating organizations, and to educate communities through cultural outreach programs.