This June, we are proud to announce the release of two new CKA web pages. The Events Calendar showcases all of CKA’s upcoming events so that you never miss what’s coming up. We invite you to sign up for our event next Friday, June 25, on honoring Korean War Veterans around the world.
The Past Webinars page contains a curated library of video recordings featuring past CKA events, webinars, and videos. You can catch up with our NFL panel featuring Korean Americans in the NFL, brush up on Korean American history, and hear from world-class surgeons on the current state of North Korea’s medical systems, to name a few.
And as always, we are also proud to share the work of our CKA Members. Please read about our members’ achievements in the fields of advocacy, policy, science, technology, business, government, law, and sports. If you wish to join as a CKA Member, please apply here.
Thank you all and take care.
Abraham Kim, Ph.D.
Council of Korean Americans
Around the World to Honor Korean War Veterans and Promote Peace
On Friday, June 25 (3:25 PM PT / 6:25 PM ET), join us as we mark the Anniversary of the Korean War and hear stories from CKA Member Hannah Y Kim’s journeys across the world to thank veterans and keep hope alive for peace on the Peninsula. She will be joined by Congressman Charles Rangel and Colonel William Weber, chairman emeritus of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation.
So You Want to Work with the NFL?
CKA’s Arts, Culture, Entertainment, and Sports (ACES) Initiative hosted a discussion on May 12, 2021 with Korean American leaders in the NFL. Moderated by Gloria Lee, the panel features ESPN’s journalist, Mina Kimes, Younghoe Koo, Kim Pegula, and Gideon Yu.
Learning How Korean Americans Shaped History: Part I (1800’s – Korean War)
On March 5, Dr. Stephanie Han presented the first part in her two-part lecture series on Korean American culture and history. Part I covered the 1882 Diplomatic relations between Korea and the US, the early days of immigration, and the Korean War.
Learning How Korean Americans Shaped History: Part II (Post Korean War – Present)
On March 26, Dr. Stephanie Han presented the second part in her two-part lecture series on Korean American culture and history. Part II covers the end of the Korean War period and takes us through the rapid changes in Korean American immigration to the LA Riots “SAIGU” and the present day.
Medical and Health Engagement with North Korea
CKA’s Health & Life Science Affinity Group and the North Korea Affinity Group hosted a joint webinar on medical and health engagement with North Korea, featuring Dr. Kee Park and Dr. David Hong, two world-class Korean American surgeons shared about the current state of North Korea’s medical system and public health care, especially in the current Covid-19 pandemic crisis.
Click here to watch “Medical and Health Engagement with North Korea”
Daniel co-authored an op-ed in the South China Morning Post on the US-China race to write the digital trade rules. The piece hones in on how Washington or Beijing could gain a strategic advantage by locking in a three-way deal with Seoul and Tokyo.
David’s company, Equilar, a leading provider of corporate leadership data solutions, has partnered with Agenda on the release of the Agenda Diversity 100, a list of pre-vetted, board-ready candidates from underrepresented demographic groups. David was also interviewed by Best of Korea on the success of Equilar as well as the challenges along the way.
Juliet spoke at The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on Racism Against Asian Americans: Combatting Hate and Discrimination, APAICS’ Legislative Summit on Allyship – The Key to Unlocking the Power of Diversity, American Hospital Association’s Joining Hands for Greater Impact series on Advocating for the Asian American Community during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond, and U.S. Department of HHS for the Health Resources Services Administrations’ AAPI Heritage Month. Juliet was also appointed to Robert W. Johnson’s Foundation’s National Commission to Transform Public Health Data Systems.
Edward was recently named to the 2021 National Association of Asian Pacifics in Politics and Public Affairs 40 Under 40 List. He also was featured by the Korean American Bar Association of Southern California’s mentorship dinner series to speak on pursuing a career in public service.
Monica recently launched InnovatorsBox Studios to create music, podcast, and cooking shows in the theme of leadership. Her Curious Monica podcast was recognized for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by Apple Podcast, and her Dear Workplace podcast was recognized as one of the top 25 Workplace Podcasts by PodcastFeed. InnovatorsBox Studios’ first instrumental collection, Rethink Creativity, and first single, Paint My World, were released on all streaming platforms. Monica also spoke on a panel by ARF on Women in Analytics.
Elaine was featured in California Magazine for her inspiring work as one of the founders of U.C. Berkeley’s Ethnic Studies Department and the Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies program and as the university’s first tenured Asian American woman.
Hannah Kim served as the mistress of ceremony for a groundbreaking ceremony for the Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.. South Korean President Moon Jae-In was in attendance.
Julia recently spoke on MGT Consulting’s AANHPI Heritage Month Panel with Parag Mehta and Attorney General William Tong on issues that are important to the AANHPI community with remarks focusing on voter engagement, political activism, and intersectional community advocacy to combat AANHPI hate.
Soo Kim was featured on Bloomberg Daybreak Asia to discuss US-Korea-China relations, Voice of America (VOA) Washington Talk to analyze South Korea’s anti-leaflet ban, and Arirang Special Issue to review the results of the Biden-Moon summit. Kim authored two commentaries on Biden’s North Korea policy and the coronavirus situation in Pyongyang for the Lowy Institute and The National Interest, respectively. She was an expert panelist at the Korea National Defense University’s seminar on North Korean denuclearization, CSIS Project on Nuclear Issues research mentor, and guest speaker at the Ohio State University’s Careers in Government panel.
Tina was awarded the Frank Greathouse Distinguished Leadership Award by the Association of Government Accountants, a professional organization for government financial management professionals. This award recognizes government employees who have demonstrated sustained outstanding leadership and notable contributions to financial management.
Jessica was named senior associate fellow at the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network. She published articles on a China bill making its way through Congress now and on US’s North Korea policy, as well as spoke at Brookings and CSIS about anti-Asian racism and its connections to foreign policy.
David Lee, President and Board Member of AppHarvest, was interviewed by Yahoo Finance to share his journey as an Asian American business leader and to discuss sustainability in farming and outlook for the company.
Youngwon was interviewed by OnDemand Korea for their “Against the Odds” series on his experiences starting his business, Dokkaebier, in the United States. Dokkaebier also collaborated with Director Lee Isaac Chung to launch a Minari-inspired beer, available for a limited time.
Don was listed in the Agenda Diversity 100, a list of board-ready candidates from underrepresented demographic groups. The directory is curated by a selection committee consisting of board directors, investors and other corporate governance experts and each honoree was vetted by Agenda’s team of independent journalists.
Catharina moderated a conversation between Congressman Andy Kim and Former Attorney General Eric Holder entitled “Making A Difference: The Fight Against Anti-Asian Racism” for Covington & Burling’s Asian Pacific Islander Affinity Group. They discussed the recent rise in anti-Asian violence, actions being taken, and what we as a community can do to support.
Angie’s company Amunix Pharmaceuticals announced the expansion of its Board of Directors with the appointment of biopharmaceutical industry veteran, Ciara Kennedy.