Dear CKA Supporters and Friends,
We hope you are enjoying the warm summer days with friends and family. We also wish a happy and safe start to the school year for those with children.
As July came to a close, CKA and Remember727 commemorated the National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day with a vigil at the Korean War Veterans Memorials in Washington, D.C. Together, we remembered the “Forgotten War,” honored veterans, and hoped for peace on the Korean Peninsula. Thank you to everyone who joined us for this meaningful and important event. Please view the press release here.
At the start of August, we concluded our Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program, where scholars participated in professional development seminars and met with senior Asian American mentors to nurture their dedication to public service. We were also delighted to see the NetKAL XI Fellows in Washington, DC, for their third session discussing executive presence.
As fall draws closer, our excitement to see everyone at this year’s Envision Gala & Summit grows stronger. Please join us in Washington, D.C., on Friday – Saturday, November 18 – 19, 2022, for a celebration with influential trailblazers, executives, and philanthropists as we honor our community’s achievements and envision a brighter future for the Korean American community. Keep your eyes out for the registration page!
As always, we are proud to share the accomplishments of CKA members and the great impact our Korean American community makes in finance, advocacy, policy, healthcare, law, and business. If you are interested in becoming a CKA member, please submit your membership application here.
Thank you and take care.
Abraham Kim, Ph.D.
Council of Korean Americans
The Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) celebrated its 45th anniversary with a lineup of narratives from community activists and storytellers. Free Chol Soo Lee was the opening night film. The festival also featured Crossings, CHOSEN, and Dawning, which all touch on the Korean and Korean American experiences.
Dr. Kim joined the founding editorial team of UCLA’s Droplet, an open-access journal focused on cross-disciplinary research on droplets and bubbles, as an editor-in-chief. Dr. Kim’s research looks closely at how droplets interact among themselves and with solid surfaces.
Congratulations to Soo for defending her doctoral thesis at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies! She was also interviewed by BBC World News on North Korea’s COVID-19 situation and appeared on VOA Washington Talk to discuss the US-South Korea alliance and Seoul’s economic security.
Renee was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the District of Columbia Air National Guard. The promotion ceremony was held on August 19 at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Margaret provided training in Cambodia to the International School of Phnom Penh (ISPP) community exploring identity, privilege, and power. The ISPP community was encouraged to understand their identities and learned how to leverage their position to create equitable and just spaces within their spheres of influence. She also provided Implicit Bias training to the American School of Japan (ASIJ) Community. The ASIJ community was encouraged to engage in critical self-reflection, explore their own biases, and create equitable learning spaces for students.