Dear CKA Supporters and Friends,
July has been a continuation of exciting events and travel. CKA, partnering with the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI), hosted the successful DC premiere of CHOSEN. A private screening of the documentary was followed by a lively Q&A session with Director Joseph Juhn. It was also great to see many of our members at the Summer Gathering Networking Event at Antoya in New York City, hosted by Board Member Michael Keyoung and Member Lorence Kim. Members had a wonderful time getting to know our 2022 Emerging Leader Scholars and hearing how the program is helping them take on leadership roles.
The NetKAL XI Fellows gathered in Orange County, CA for their second session discussing leadership through change with Professor Greg Patton this month. We extend a special thank you to CKA Members Eugene and Carol Choi for graciously hosting the July 23 Reception and Dinner for our Fellows and members in the area, and to RSM for hosting the program at their Orange County office.
As always, it is our pleasure to share the accomplishments of CKA members and the great impact Korean Americans make in entertainment, advocacy, policy, healthcare, law, and business.
Thank you and take care.
Abraham Kim, Ph.D.
Council of Korean Americans
AAPI Community Celebrated with Tiger Tiger Music Festival
Established in 2022, the Year of the Tiger, TIGER TIGER is a Portland-based event created to promote AAPI joy and showcase musicians, creatives, and organizations to build a stronger sense of AAPI community identity. Musical guests for this year’s event included Julia McGarrity of June Magnolia and Korean American musician and festival organizer Joe Kye.
Cindy Chung Nominated for Federal Court of Appeals
Cindy Chung, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, was nominated by U.S. President Joe Biden as one of five new federal judges. If confirmed, Chung will be the first Asian American judge to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival Kicks Off in Washington, DC
2022 DC APA Film Festival was hosted both online and in-person in the Washington, DC metropolitan area on July 14-17. The festival featured several films by AAPI directors depicting the lives and experiences of Koreans living in the U.S. such as 1992, a documentary film about the LA Riots, and Ulim, a film about life amid the pandemic and the rise of Asian hate crimes.
Congratulations to June Huh for winning the prestigious Fields Medal at the International Mathematical Union Award Ceremony in recognition of his work in combinatorics, and becoming the first recipient of Korean descent. Huh joined the Princeton University faculty in 2021.
CKA members David Choi (Conrad N. Hilton Chair of Entrepreneurship at Loyola Marymount University) and CJ Kim (Volgenau Chair in Engineering and Distinguished Professor at UCLA) delivered talks on MBC America’s I AM series to share their expertise and life stories.
After nearly seven years with the U.S. Justice Department, congratulations to Edward for starting his new position at UCLA School of Law.
Jan joined the Global Mentor Network as their newest mentor, offering leadership tips to help team members discover a path that keeps them both happy and successful.
Frieze, a media and events company that specializes in contemporary art and culture, announced that Tina Kim Gallery will be participating as one of the leading galleries in Frieze Seoul.
Congratulations to Dan as he transitions from the Labor Department to the White House as Deputy Cabinet Secretary!
Yul joins a new reality show, Snake in the Grass, in a contest of wills and backbiting drama in the Costa Rican jungle. Watch Yul compete on Tuesday, July 26 at 10 pm ET / 7 PM PT on NBC.
Congratulations to David for starting his new position as Independent Board Member at Zevia!
June was recognized by Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District in Georgia for her mission to represent the concerns and interests of Korean American owned businesses, as well as businesses owned by people of all origins.
Richard was recently appointed Chief of the Civil Rights Section for the United States Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California.
Samsung Biologics released its second annual ESG Report, reflecting the company’s sustainability efforts in 2021.
Congratulations to Esther for her position as Senior Advisor at United Talent Agency (UTA) for Strategic Partnerships/Asia Pacific! UTA is one of the top three Entertainment Agencies in the United States.
Suzanne was named a 2022 Crain’s Chicago Business Notable Executive of Color in Finance. Congratulations!