This September, we are excited to count down to this year’s gala. Our theme, Reclaiming our Narrative, Redefining our Future, honors and celebrates the inspiring heroes who are making a positive impact within our communities. Please join us in celebration on Saturday, October 23, 2021. Registration is now open.
We would also like to note a few important developments over the summer.
- We extend our congratulations to Judge Lucy H. Koh, who has become the first Korean American woman to be nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by President Biden.
- Last month, we lost a big hero in the Korean American community, Dr. Myung Ki Hong. We offer our deepest condolences to the family of Dr. Myung Ki “Mike” Hong who passed away on August 18th, 2021. Dr. Hong was honored at our 2016 CKA Gala for his lifelong support for the Korean American community and his passion for education to ensure future generations do not forget our history.
- From Greenwich, Connecticut to San Francisco to Montana, our members have reconnected during the summer months after a long period of isolation and Zoom-only events. This fall, we will be holding more gatherings in Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and many more places. Please look out for announcements and we hope to see you there.
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. 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
2021 CKA Gala: Reclaiming our Narrative, Redefining our Future
The Council of Korean Americans is excited to announce this year’s gala theme: Reclaiming our Narrative, Redefining our Future to honor and celebrate the inspiring heroes who are positively impacting our communities.
Meet our honorees at this special CKA 10th anniversary event on Saturday, October 23, 2021. Follow us on social media to get the latest updates on our gala program, honorees, performers, and more! For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to Judge Lucy H. Koh on her nomination to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit! If confirmed, Judge Koh would become the first Korean American woman to serve as a federal appellate judge and the second Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) woman to serve on the Ninth Circuit.
With this nomination, the importance of Asian American representation at higher levels of our judicial system is recognized a significant step toward amplifying Korean American voices.
Honoring Dr. Myung Ki Hong
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Carol & Eugene Choi
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Juliet K. Choi
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Jen C. Won
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