Dear CKA Supporters and Friends,
June has proven to be a month full of gatherings, deeper (in-person) connections, and travel! We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming CKA events and programming.
This month, we launched our two annual leadership development programs: the Emerging Leaders Scholarship (ELS) Program (formerly known as CKA-KALCA Public Service Internship) and the Network of Korean American Leaders (NetKAL)! Our competitively selected 2022 participants have already met in person in New York City and Washington, DC for ELS, and Colorado Springs for NetKAL XI. We extend a very special thank you to CKA Member L. Song Richardson and CKA Board Member Charles Yoon who graciously hosted our leaders, and helped organize the Colorado and NYC programming.
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
The Asian Women Leadership in Philanthropy Fund at the Asian Pacific Community Fund celebrated its one year anniversary! CKA Members Carol Choi, Jihee Huh, and Robin Kim are all Founding Members who continue to invite Asian American women leaders to donate and direct program investments within the API nonprofit sector.
BTS met with U.S. President Joe Biden and made a brief statement at the White House to speak against the surge of hate crimes targeting Asian Americans.
Heung-Min Son became the first Asian player to win the Premier League’s Golden Boot, tying for lead goalscorer with 23 goals in the season.
“The Korean Vegan Cookbook: Reflections and Recipes from Omma’s Kitchen” by Joanne Lee Molinaro won the James Beard Media Award for Vegetable-Focused Cooking. Learn more about her journey and recent award on her website and podcast.
In a unanimous vote, the Pennsylvania state House of Representatives passed a resolution designating June 19th as Korean-American Citizenship Day.
Duyeon shared remarks on today’s security landscape and deterrence response to the North Korean nuclear issue in “Deterring Aggression through Joint and Combined Readiness”, a panel discussion which took place at the 2022 LANPAC symposium in Honolulu.
Jean’s insights on the COVID situation in North Korea were published by the New York Times and featured in interviews with NPR and PBS Newshour. A GZERO Media television episode on the Korean Peninsula presenting an interview with Jean won a Telly Award. The East Asia Institute also spotlighted Jean in an episode on North Korea’s cyber strategy.
Margaret co-authored the article “Humanizing Ourselves” for The International Educator about the need for a human-centered and humanizing approach to DEIJ work in international schools. She also facilitated a learning conversation for the Human Rights Watch community on Exploring Identity, Privilege, and Power. Starting on June 25th, she will co-teach a course, Pursuing our Collective Leadership and Pathways for DEIJ for the AIELOC summer institute.