Investing in Korean American Leaders. This month we are grateful to have the opportunity to celebrate, welcome, and develop leaders in our community. We started the month by welcoming our nine newest members to the Council of Korean Americans and our new Communications & Events Coordinator, Katheryn Ulrich, to our staff.
In addition to welcoming some new faces, we are grateful to share in the excitement of our members’ recognition for their outstanding achievements and contributions to their local community. CKA Executive Director Abraham Kim, Ph.D., was among the many community members we had the honor of celebrating this month! And, we are equally thankful to provide impactful opportunities to our members.
On March 25, we partnered with H Street Group for a Media and Leadership Training Workshop in Washington D.C. Through this workshop, Asian American Congressional Staffers and Government Affairs leaders were able to receive training on how to represent and raise issues important to our community.
And, on March 7, CKA supported the incredible Sejong Soloists in their World Premiere Performance of Overstory Overture in New York City. We are honored to continue supporting Korean artists and promoting Korean culture.
Please read more below about CKA’s community of trailblazers and their recent milestones. We are always eager to elevate our members’ accomplishments and amplify their voices. If you are interested in becoming a CKA member, please submit your membership application here before April 2nd, 2023 to be considered for our Q1 Member Cohort.
“Everything Everywhere All At Once” made a historic win at the 95th Academy Awards. A24’s head-spinning, visually captivating film brought home seven awards, the coveted “Best Picture 2023” award being one of them. Michelle Yeoh’s win for “Best Actress 2023” for her role as Evelyn Wang made Yeoh the first Asian actress to win the award and only the second to be nominated in the category.
Will Sharpe was revealed to be the Director of the upcoming film adaptation of Michelle Zauner’s memoir, Crying in H Mart. In a statement, Zauner says, “It was a daunting task, to find someone I could trust with the retelling of such a personal story. Someone who could honor my mother’s character and respect the darkest days of grief, and still make the coming of age of a half-Korean artsy outsider in a small Pacific Northwest hippie town seem real and cool.”
Travis co-presented a session entitled “The Emerging Wind Band Culture in South Korea: History, Evolution, and Opportunity” at the 2023 College Band Directors National Association national conference.
CKA Executive Director Abraham Kim, Ph.D. received the 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Korean Friendship Society in Atlanta, GA alongside Dr. Jim Yong Kim, the recipient of the 2023 New American Hero Award.
Two of CKA’s core values are to amplify voices and develop leaders. From celebrating member milestones to applauding our own Executive Director’s recognition, it’s always an incredible honor to amplify the wins of trailblazers and leaders in our community.