Dear CKA Supporters and Friends,
We were pleased to celebrate the service, voice, and strengths of the Korean American community at our 2022 CKA Envision Gala & Summit! Thank you so much for your generosity and your love for our community. To those of you who were unable to join us, please view some of our favorite moments and check out photos from the fantastic weekend.
As we enter the holiday season, we want to remember and mourn those impacted by the Itaewon tragedy. We send our warmest wishes to you and hope you take the time to relax, find comfort, and recharge with loved ones.
As always, we are proud to share the accomplishments of CKA members and the incredible impact our Korean American community makes in academia, finance, advocacy, policy, healthcare, law, and business. If you are interested in becoming a CKA member, please submit your membership application here.
Thank you and take care.
Abraham Kim, Ph.D.
Council of Korean Americans
Amplifying Korean American Presence in Congress
With the recent midterm elections, Korean American political leaders have increased visibility in Congress across the nation. Rep. Sharon Chung made history as Illinois’s first Korean American lawmaker. Rep. Andy Kim (NJ-3), Young Kim (CA-40), Marilyn Strickland (WA-10), and Michelle Steel (CA-45) will continue to serve their respective districts. Rep. Andy Kim is the first Member of Congress of Korean descent to serve three terms since Rep. Jay Kim in 1996.
Silk: Spider Society, a Spider-Man spinoff, follows the story of Cindy Moon, a Korean American woman who was bitten by the same spider as Peter Parker as she escapes imprisonment and searches for her missing family. The Walking Dead’s Angela Kang is set as showrunner.
Frank joined the U.S. Institute of Peace podcast “On Peace” to discuss North Korea’s recent missile tests and military exercises and co-authored a paper with 2017 PSI Alumnus Paul Kyumin Lee on U.S.-North Korea-South Korea youth perspectives on peace. He was also quoted in Newsweek on North Korea and Russia relations.
Jeanie has expanded Noona’s Noonchi® and turned it into a company with a team all around the country and in Seoul. The purpose is to promote belongingness through Cultural Confidence® where K-Dramas are utilized to benefit mental health, identity, mindfulness practice, and build resilience.
Sam has spoken on the Anti-Asian Hate panel for the Korean American Coalition National Conference in Seattle and was the keynote speaker for the Relational Coordination Collaborative Conference hosted by Brandeis University’s Heller School and for the Asian American & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health.
Alyson has received the Certified Physician Executive (CPE) certification by the American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) to recognize leadership in medicine, healthcare and public health.
Soo moderated the Korea Times’ Korea-U.S. alliance forum and joined Arirang News’ current affairs program from Seoul to discuss North Korea’s amped up provocations, denuclearization/deterrence, and the consequences of accepting North Korea as a nuclear weapons state.
Jerry interviewed Vice President Kamala Harris for the “Dear Asian Americans” podcast, where she shared the importance of getting loud and staying loud for our communities. He also attended the YouTube AAPI Luncheon, an uplifting event that brought together Asian American content creators.
NCSOFT announced its strategic partnership with Mysten Labs. Both organizations hope to explore future collaborations to create more engaging and player-centric digital entertainment experiences. Dr. Yoon was also featured in Korea Joongang Daily for her 2022 CKA Trailblazer Award.