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
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.