Representation Creates Change. This month we applaud the leaders representing their respective fields and professions in our diverse community. From the basketball court to the court of law, our members make an impact wherever they are and create the change they want to see.
CKA Selects Fourteen Fellows to Represent NetKAL XII!
Fourteen fellows joined the Network of Korean American Leaders (NetKAL) and began their five-month leadership development journey in Bozeman, MT, under the theme, Leadership, Mental Strength & Personal Narratives. Fellows met with local leaders and participated in leadership development sessions with CKA Member and NetKAL Facilitator Jeanie Y. Chang, LMFT. We are proud to have this exceptional cohort represent NetKAL and the broader community of Korean American leaders across the country.
Marshall Cho Represents at the 2023 Nike Hoop Summit!
CKA Member Marshall Cho recently announced his retirement from his position as Head Boys’ Basketball Coach for Lake Oswego High School. Despite this, his advocacy for the voice and interests of Korean Americans remains unwavering. In a recent interview discussing his involvement in the Nike Hoop Summit, Cho expressed his pride in representing his state and as a Korean American while emphasizing the importance of building bridges between different communities.
“Representing our state, the fact that I am a Korean-American, that I have a dash in the middle, I really take pride in that and I hope that this is a game that helps me to build bridges between everybody else in the world and Portland, Oregon.”
Jeanie Chang Signs Book Deal with Wiley Publishing!
CKA Member Jeanie Chang, licensed clinician, coach, and speaker, has signed a book deal with Wiley Publishing Company, a global leader in education and research. In her upcoming book, she will be writing about her work as Noona’s Noonchi, her social media platform where she deep dives into K-Dramas from a mental health perspective. Her book on K-Dramas and Mental Health will be the first of its kind and she is thrilled about what it means for the field of psychology to include K-content in education and research.
Dow Kim Joins the SK On’s Advisory Board
Private Investor Dow Kim joined the Advisory Board of SK On, a fast-growing global EV battery manufacturer of the SK Group, the second-largest business conglomerate in Korea. SK On is led by the CEO, Chey Jae-Won, who is also the Executive Vice Chairman of the SK Group.
Charles Jung Organizes National Event and Featured in CNN
Nassiri & Jung LLP Principal Charles Jung organized Always With Us, a national event to unite the Asian American community at the two-year anniversary of the March 16 Atlanta shootings. He also appeared in two stories from CNN, one broadcast warning the Democratic party to pay attention to the growing frustration of Asian American voters, and another he was quoted regarding the Congressional TikTok hearings.
“Be mindful of the words that you use. Because the words you use can have real-world impacts on the bodies of Asian American people on the streets.”
Jeffrey Kim Presented New Korean American Ethnic Studies Curriculum
Dr. Jeff Kim, Ed.D, NBCT, MPH recently presented the new High School Korean American Ethnic Studies Course and Korean American Stories of Resilience at the Korean American Educator Leaders’ Networking Night, the California Association for Bilingual Association Conference, and the 2nd Annual Korean American Ethnic Studies Conference.
Flawless by Elise Hu Coming to Shelves Near You Soon
Coming May 23, 2023, “Flawless” by Elise Hu offers a powerful message of self-acceptance and empowerment, urging Korean Americans to embrace their unique identities and celebrate their diverse cultural heritage. Through her personal experiences as a Korean American journalist and mother, Hu explores the beauty and complexity of the Korean American identity.
Jean Lee Launches Season 2 of BBC’s Podcast, The Lazarus Heist
Jean Lee, Co-Host of BBC’s The Lazarus Heist, has announced the release of Season 2 of the gripping, internationally-acclaimed true crime podcast. The newest season will continue to tell the story of the theft of billions of dollars around the globe. A theft that investigators claim a secretive ring of elite North Korean hackers is responsible for.
Frank Aum and Jenny Town Featured on CSIS Podcast
Senior Expert on North Korea at the U.S. Institute of Peace Frank Aum and fellow CKA Member and Stimson Center Fellow, Jenny Town joined the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) “The Impossible State” podcast to discuss North Korean policy, strategies for peace, the correlation between engagement and lower tensions, and the negative impact of pressure and sanctions.
Korean Movie Night Presents Parasite This June
NetKAL’s Team Jeong is thrilled to announce their inaugural Korean Movie Night will take place on June 17, 2023, with a screening of Bong Joon-ho’s Academy Award-winning film Parasite. Join us for a first-of-its-kind celebration of Korean food, music, and culture in Downtown LA’s Grand Park.
CKA members will receive $10 off VIP Packages using promo code CKA10. Limited quantities are available. Get your tickets now for this summer’s hottest event!
April was a jetsetting month for CKA Executive Director Abraham Kim. On April 13, he traveled to Colorado Springs, CO, for a Regional Program at Colorado College and a private dinner with CKA Members Chil Kong and L. Song Richardson. The next stop was Bozeman, MT, for another successful Regional Program and kick-off weekend of NetKAL XII!
We are proud to represent the Korean American voice across the country at regional and professional development programs like these. Through our active participation and sharing of our unique perspectives and experiences, we can help reinforce the idea that the Korean American community is an essential and valuable part of the broader American society.