Korean culture celebrated in Kissena Park during ‘senior Olympics’

THE COURIER/Photos by Eric Jankiewicz

Hundreds of elderly Korean Americans gathered in Kissena Park on Friday to celebrate their culture with music, food and a series of games called the “senior Olympics.”

“It’s a great event to get all the seniors together in an outdoors environment,” said Christina Choy, president of the YWCA of Queens said. The YWCA, which was started by Korean-American families in the 1970s, hosted the event and this was the 17th year the event was held.

“They’re all here to enjoy the event, get a free lunch and celebrate the Korean culture,” Choy said. She began to explain the need of outdoor experience when she spotted U.S. Rep. Grace Meng in the crowd.

“Oh my God, is that Meng? She’s kind of famous for us. She married a Korean,” Choy said before running off to ogle Meng.

Five hundred seniors, walkers and all, prepared for the Olympic games with a lunch provided by YWCA while three Korean woman played national Korean folk music.

The day’s events consisted of 10 games, including a Korean one where the player throws arrows into a bucket.



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