We hope you are all enjoying the fall weather and staying warm.
At CKA, we thank you for all the support we received during our virtual gala and in-person receptions in Los Angeles, and Washington DC. Thank you to our sponsors and donors for commemorating CKA’s 10th Anniversary with an exciting program!
Last month, CKA announced its merger with NetKAL. With the legacy of NetKAL and the energy of CKA, we are enthusiastic for our collaborative effort to develop the next generation of Korean American leaders. Please view the press release here.
We are excited to begin a new season of in-person programs and webinars! On Thursday, November 18, we invite members to a contemporary art education tour of Tina Kim Gallery’s new exhibition followed by a hosted dinner with Tina Kim, curators, and media representatives. Please check out our Events Calendar for more information on events we have in store.
The fourth and final quarter of new membership nominations are due on December 20th. If you have any friends or colleagues to nominate or recommend for 2021, please submit soon. You can find applications and information here.
And as always, we are 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.
Thank you all and take care.
Abraham Kim, Ph.D.
Council of Korean Americans
NYC Group Dinner and Tour of “Unseen Professors” Exhibition at Tina Kim Gallery (Chelsea, NYC)
CKA will be hosting a special gallery event on Thursday evening, November 18th at the Tina Kim Gallery, a New York City-based contemporary art gallery and exhibition space.
Reconnect with other CKA members in New York City during a contemporary art education tour of Tina Kim Gallery’s latest exhibition: The Unseen Professors: Leo Amino (1911-1989), Minoru Niizuma (1930-1998), and John Pai (b. 1937).
CKA Group Dinner with guests will follow after the tour.
This event is by invitation only. Opened to members and invited guests. Space is limited.
If you would like more information or like to attend, please send an email to Angela Cho, Membership Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please check out our website for more information on future events, both public and members-only.
CKA Member Linda Lee wins Council Member seat in New York’s Bayside District
Congratulations to Council Member-Elect Linda Lee on her historic win as the first Asian American woman elected to represent Bayside District 23. She will take over Council Member Garry Grodenchik’s seat starting in January of 2022 and be among the first of two Korean Americans on the Council, alongside Long Island City’s Julie Won.
Harvard Expansion of Asian American Studies – Joseph Bae, Janice Lee, David Lee, Susan Kim, and Lorence Kim
Thanks to generous gifts from Asian American alumni — among them Joseph Bae, Janice Lee, David Lee, Susan Kim, and Lorence Kim — the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences announced an expansion of its Asian American Studies program. With their support, Harvard University will cultivate a collaborative intellectual community and provide resources for research.
Frank Aum and Jenny Town
Frank and Jenny were consulted by the Washington Post for their expertise on North Korea after a recent statement from North Korea that it was premature to declare a formal end to the Korean War.
Grace wrote a piece about the significance of Asian Americans in the New York City elections. She discusses the underinvestment in AAPI voters despite recent surges in AAPI voter turnout across the nation.
Connie Chung Joe
Connie delivered a keynote address, “Stopping Anti-Asian Hate: How to Be An Ally,” at Friends of Korea’s annual meeting.
President Biden nominated Professor Kang to be a member of the National Council on the Humanities. He was selected for his expertise in implicit bias and experiences as a professor of law and Asian American studies. He is also UCLA’s founding vice chancellor for equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Congratulations to Alyson for her promotion as the Chief of Public Health at Fort Hood! She spoke at the Association of Occupational Health Professionals (AOHP) in San Diego and was awarded the Armed Forces Service Medal for her efforts in COVID-19 management.
The Dow Kim Family Foundation will be sponsoring the holiday party for 100+ Korean American Family Service Center’s (KAFSC) clients, including the victims of domestic violence and their children, on November 18th in Queens. This will be the first in-person holiday party for KAFSC since COVID-19.
Duyeon authored an article in the World Politics Review about North Korea’s recent submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test, the two Koreas’ arms build-ups, and recommendations for what Washington and the international community should do about North Korea. She also contributed a book chapter titled “Nuclear Issues on the Korean Peninsula” which discusses the nuclear beginnings in both Koreas (energy and weapons), nuclear elements affecting the two Koreas today, and future nuclear issues affecting the Koreas, region, and the world.
Soo Kim was selected as RAND’s Women to Watch for October, which highlights talent and experience among RAND women in research and leadership.
Jean was featured in Columbia College Today, where her unprecedented work as a journalist in North Korea was highlighted. She was the only AP reporter allowed to stay in North Korea, which rarely grants entry to Western journalists, for an extended period of time. She also participated in a discussion with Andrew Yeo, Brookings Visiting Fellow and SK-Korea Foundation Chair, regarding his new book.
In her part-time military role, Renee joined the air staff of D.C. National Guard as a Public Affairs Officer. In this position, she advises the leadership of D.C. National Guard on public affairs activities, including media relations, strategic communications, and outreach. In her full-time civilian capacity, Renee continues to work at the Department of State in the Bureau of Global Public Affairs.
Kee Park will serve as the Chair of the Global Neurosurgery Committee of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies from 2021 to 2023. He also co-authored a report regarding North Korea’s health care system. In this report, the authors provide an overview of their health care system using the World Health Organization’s Health Systems Building Blocks Framework and analyze the country’s ability to address a global public health crisis.
Michele has recently joined New Enterprise Associates as a Partner based in its Menlo Park office. A veteran life sciences investor, Michele’s experiences will be an asset to NEA’s healthcare investing practice.
Wade Pyun was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Southern California chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). With over 40,000 members in 85 countries, the ACC is a global bar association that promotes the common professional and business interests of in-counsel counsel.
As a panelist, Jenny spoke on the challenge of being an expert in a male-dominated field like nuclear security. She and fellow panelists explore the progress and pitfalls involving gender diversity in the area of policy.
On behalf of the Korean American Association of Greater New York, Charles was honored at the 2021 Norman Vincent Peale Awards for Positive Thinking for championing a thriving Korean American community.
Suzanne shared her entrepreneurial story on the Leadership Reimagined podcast episode “The Power of Diversity in Private Equity.” Tune in as she and host Janice Ellig discuss her trailblazing success in a male-dominated private equity world.