Dear CKA Supporters and Friends,
Happy Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! We were delighted to see many of our members at our National Membership Breakfast last month in Los Angeles. We hope you had an opportunity to connect and meet new members. Following the breakfast, our distinguished speakers and young professionals reflected on the impact of SAIGU’s 30th anniversary by engaging in panel discussions and breakout sessions at our SAIGU@30 Leadership Conference co-hosted with KAC-LA. Thank you for joining us for these important conversations.
As we head into summer, we are excited to make two announcements. The first is to extend our welcome to So Yeon Kang, CKA’s new Director of Development. We can’t wait for you to meet her at our upcoming events. Secondly, CKA will begin its Emerging Leaders Scholarship and Network of Korean American Leaders (NetKAL) XI Fellowship in June. Look forward to an official announcement soon with all of our selected scholars and fellows.
As always, we are proud to share the work of our CKA Members. Please read about our members’ accomplishments in advocacy, policy, art, technology, healthcare, and business.
Thank you all, and take care.
Abraham Kim, Ph.D.
Council of Korean Americans
Former LA City Councilmember David Ryu and CKA member Edward Chang discuss the impact of SAIGU on unifying and integrating the Korean American community.
CKA celebrated AAPI Heritage Month with a panel discussion featuring Coral Chung, Founder & CEO of SENREVE; CKA Board Member Susan Kim, Former CEO of Edmodo; Anna Lee, Founder & CEO of Lioness; and moderator Gloria Lee, Rutan & Tucker. See more here.
On May 5, Executive Director Dr. Abraham Kim attended the welcoming ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Hyundai New Horizons Studio Bozeman with Montana officials and Hyundai Kia America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI) executives. The new headquarters will bring $20 million of investment and create 50+ jobs in Montana. CKA was instrumental in introducing and bringing New Horizon Studio R&D Lab to Bozeman, MT.
Tina Kim Gallery is presenting Fossil of High Noon, Minouk Lim’s second solo exhibition from May 19 – July 1, 2022. Fossil of High Noon holds personal vignettes alongside the political models of witnessing that informed Lim’s celebrated earlier work, offering a poetic meditation on generational life.
Milbern’s life and legacy as a co-founder of the modern disability justice movement were recognized on May 19th, 2022, which would have been her 35th birthday. She and other activists challenged the mainstream disability rights movement for marginalizing people of color and nontraditional gender identities.
Los Angeles filmmakers Eugene Yi and Julie Ha recount Lee’s terrible saga in their invaluable debut Free Chol Soo Lee. The documentary follows the story of Chol Soo Lee, who was wrongfully convicted of the 1973 San Francisco Chinatown murder based on numerous criminal justice errors.
Drawing together Korean American artists, Embrace is a collaborative exhibition that features varied work from photography and textiles to ceramics and paintings. The exhibit runs until July 3 and promotes inclusivity through the harmonious coexistence of the diverse cultures working and living in the region.
The CKA Team Welcomes So Yeon Kang!
So Yeon Kang is the latest addition to CKA staff as the new Director of Development. She has over ten years of experience in fundraising, strategic planning, and community engagement.
Congratulations to Daniel for being awarded the Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations! He will be serve as a Summer 2022 Fellow with the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.
On May 12, FiscalNote hosted an evening to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month with special guests like Emma Broyles, Miss America 2022; U.S. Representative Andy Kim; and Elaine Chao, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and former U.S. Secretary of Labor.
Hyepin was featured on the cover of the Los Angeles Times on healing with the Latasha Harlins Family. The FACE SAIGU 30 Campaign was also recognized in the Congressional Record by Congressman Andy Kim and the U.S. House of Representatives for its efforts to unite Los Angeles in commemorating the 30th anniversary of the 1992 riots.
Council Member Linda Lee joined advocates and fellow Council Members in calling on the New York City government to better support Asian communities, especially in policy-making around mental health, language access, and education. Additionally, her office held a free community health fair at Alley Pond Park, encouraging education about neighborhood and citywide services and even offering on-site services.
In celebration of AAPI month, Margaret Park moderated the May 14 program titled “A Community Dialogue on Leveraging Human-centered and Humanizing Approaches to DEIJ Work in International Education”, sponsored by the East Asia Regional Council of Schools. Speakers identified the changes and challenges they experienced and how their identities, narratives, and contexts motivated them in this work.