Word of the week

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Serendipity This is a noun which is often used as a synonym of luck, to mean the accident of finding something positive, good or useful when looking for something else. It means a happy accident, or a fortunate mistake. Example: They found each other by pure serendipity. This word was voted in 2004 as one of the 10 […]

Word of the week

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Hella This is a slang word which originates from Northern California and the streets of San Francisco. Some say it is a marker of Northern Californian dialect. It is a contraction of the phrase “hell of a” or “hell of a lot [of]”. Hella has multiple meanings and uses, but is generally used as an […]

History of IIC

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The Intercultural Institute of California (IIC) emerged out of the Korean Center, Inc.’s efforts to provide English as a Second Language classes to Korean immigrants who came after the 1968 Johnson Immigration Act relaxed quotas for immigration from Asia. The Korean Center is a cultural and community-service center that was incorporated in 1973 with a […]