We hope you enjoyed the Lunar New Year festivities earlier this month and spent time with loved ones.
This February, we are excited to start a new season of in-person and virtual programming with CKA members across the country. We encourage you to check out our events calendar online and register for regional networking opportunities in New York City, Washington, DC, and Chicago.
In addition, we are delighted to welcome our newest staff member Aileen Chung. Some of our members had a chance to meet her at our recent members virtual forum.
This week, we mourn the loss of Christina Yuna Lee, a Korean American digital producer. Christina was passionate about diversity and inclusive creator spaces and formed the Art Appropriation Council at Splice to combat racism and appropriation. We offer our deepest condolences to her family and continue to honor her life. Please read CKA’s full statement.
As always, we are proud to share the accomplishments and changes in the lives of our CKA trailblazers. It is truly inspiring to see how Korean Americans are making strides in areas like technology, business, government, law, research, and sports.
Abraham Kim, Ph.D.
Council of Korean Americans
Congratulations to Chloe Kim for her 2nd Olympic Gold Medal in Halfpipe!
Chloe Kim made Olympics history as the first woman to hold two consecutive gold medals in the snowboard halfpipe. She was also the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding gold medal in 2018. Chloe was honored at last year’s gala with the 2021 Inspire Award.
Remembering Christina Yuna Lee
Joe was interviewed by NationSwell about the origins and impacts of The Asian American Foundation, an organization committed to building the collective infrastructure for the AAPI community.
Bobby recently became co-owner of Gotham FC, NJ/NY’s women’s professional soccer team playing in the National Women’s Soccer League.
Dan was elected to the Steering Committee and Board of the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL). COGEL is an international professional organization of government officials and agencies, as well as private sector individuals who work in ethics, elections, freedom of information, lobbying, and campaign finance.
Congratulations to Eugene’s daughter Jubilee for her first design featured on the digital billboard in Times Square in New York! #ToImmigrantsWithLove
Marshall was interviewed for the Slappin’ Glass Podcast about seizing opportunities, shot selection, and the mental health of young athletes.
Juliet was the moderator for Families USA’s Annual Health Action Conference’s plenary panel, Stories of Struggle and Hope in the Fight for Health and Racial Justice. She was also a panelist at the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) Global Summit on Barriers to Access of Healthcare. She was a featured speaker with the American Hospital Association (AHA) podcast titled “Joining Hands: Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence: Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum.” At the APAICS Health Summit, Juliet introduced Rep. Ted Lieu, and moderated the panel, “Moonshot: The Latest in Cancer Research,” with experts on cancer research from industry, the American Cancer Society, and the University of Hawaii.
Sun served as a panelist on the Administrative and Specialty Courts panel at the Robert E. Wone Judicial Conference.
Jim was quoted in an article about George Washington University’s New Venture Competition, which earned Times of Entrepreneurship’s 2021 top ranking in university entrepreneurship competitions.
Tim spoke at Nasdaq DSAC’s virtual Analyst Day, a combined investor-related event between FiscalNote and DSAC that occurred in light of the previously announced proposed business combination. FiscalNote has also launched Fireside State, a platform to help elected officials and government agencies bring their operations into the 21st century.
With the assistance of CKA, Charles Jung organized a six-city national Asian Justice Rally, commemorating the 1-year anniversary of the death of Vicha Ratanapakdee on January 30th. Mr. Ratanapakdee was an 84-year old Thai American grandfather who was killed in the Anza Vista neighborhood, whose death sparked the Stop Asian Hate movement. The event is followed by the Asian Leaders Summit on February 26th, which is a national convening of AAPI grassroots leaders.
Congratulations to Anne Kim & Krishna Kant! They will be introducing a little girl to the world this April. Let’s embrace our new CKA family member by supporting her with some zero-waste, non-toxic, and sustainable-lifecycle baby items. We can’t wait to meet Baby Kim Kant!
The Dow Kim Family Foundation announced a ten-year financial commitment to the Korean American Association of Greater New York (KAAGNY). The foundation’s donation plan will be KAAGNY’s first long-term commitment.
Eric co-authored a featured blog in the Center for Effective Philanthropy that highlights the disparities AAPIs face across multiple key facets of society.
Congratulations to Dr. Kim for her induction into the second cohort of the Mansfield-Luce Asia Scholars Network! Over the past year, she has also published articles about global nuclear policy in the 2021 Wilson China Fellowship Report, Global Governance, Research Institute for National Security Affairs Forum, War on the Rocks, The Diplomat, and National Research of Asian Research.
Michael co-wrote an article about the rising popularity of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) in South Korea in the Asia Business Law Journal.
Jennifer recently performed at the University of Notre Dame and was featured in a Meet the Artist interview and the Violinist. She also received an honorary doctorate from the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Jessica Lee appeared in a video about anti-Asian racism that has been viewed over 62,000 times since its release on January 19th. She was also quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and The Straits Times for her views on North Korea policy.
Council Member Linda was elected to serve as co-chair of the Queens delegation to the City Council. She will also chair the Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities, and Addictions in New York City.
I Squared Capital announced an investment in 1NCE, a software and connectivity provider, with the intention of applying transformative technology to key sectors.
Dr. Park was featured in Harvard Alumni in Healthcare, where he was interviewed about his work as an academic and practitioner in North Korea, global healthcare experience and career, and wisdom for prospective healthcare providers.
Wade was featured in the January 2022 edition of Riverside Lawyer Magazine in an article highlighting his professional career and support of legal and civic causes.
Dr. Shin wrote two articles regarding the potential impact of Korea’s 2022 presidential election on democracy and the potential effects of anti-Chinese sentiment in Korea. He was also featured in an article where he announces Korea Program’s production of a documentary about K-pop, followed by one that covers North Korean human rights.
Andrew wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post about the need for renewed US diplomatic efforts with North Korea. He was also quoted in AP News about politics and the opening of the Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Jenny was interviewed by PBS about North Korea’s recent missile testing, the longest-range test since 2017 and the seventh one this month. She was also quoted in the Thomson Reuters Foundation News and France24.