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Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2014: Dahm Choi

Office of Civil Rights
May 1, 2014


Date: 05/01/2014 Description: Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2014: Dahm Choi - State Dept Image U.S. diplomat Dahm Choi currently serves abroad as Vice Consul at U.S. Consulate General Guadalajara, Mexico. Dahm previously worked in the Public Affairs Section at U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and in Crisis Management Support in the Operations Center of the Executive Secretariat, in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the diplomatic corps and the U.S. Department of State, he served as an adviser on fellowships and careers in public service at Harvard University, and as Director of Operations & Outreach at WorldTeach, a Harvard-based international educational NGO. He was also a columnist on major civic issues for the U.S. edition of Korea Daily (JoongAng Ilbo), Korea's largest newspaper; served as a staffer on John Kerry’s presidential campaign; and worked as a mayoral aide for the City of Irvine, California.

Dahm has traveled extensively and studied a wide range of languages, including Korean, Spanish, Polish, Russian, French, and Kiswahili. He received an M.A. in international economics from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy as a State Department Fellow; an M.A. in European studies from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland as a Kosciuszko Foundation Fellow; and a B.A. in history from Harvard University.

Dahm and his family’s story epitomize the American experience: born in South Korea, they immigrated to the U.S. when Dahm was young, in order for his father to pursue a doctoral degree. It was through a number of generous scholarship opportunities that Dahm was himself able to pursue a world-class education at several prestigious public and private institutions. Dahm achieved one of his life’s goals when he joined the elite U.S. Foreign Service and now proudly represents his country – the United States of America – in promoting American values around the world. Dahm’s experience personifies the best of America – where opportunity, determination, and ambition define the individual and there are no barriers to success for one who has the drive to succeed.

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