The Korean American Coalition is a non-profit, non-partisan community organization. Established in 1983 to promote the civic concerns, civil rights, and community affairs of the Korean American community through education, community organizing, leadership development, and coalition-building with diverse communities.
KAC Updates & Upcoming Events
KAC 2015 Summer College Internship Program Application
Established in 1985, KAC’s Summer College Internship Program (SCIP) is designed to provide personal and professional development opportunities to highly qualified Korean American college students, and encourages them to take on future leadership roles in the Korean American community. This leadership training will have a lasting impact in their future careers and civic engagement aptitude.
Applicants will be able to rank their interest in four fields - Government/Political, Non-Profit, Corporate, and Media - and will be placed accordingly. Past internship, placements have included positions at Samsung America, KTLA, FOX, KCBS, KNBC, an investment bank, Public Counsel Los Angeles, Center for the Pacific Asian Family, and the offices of Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Barbara Boxer, Congressman Xavier Becerra, Congressmember Judy Chu, Congressman Adam Schiff, and State Controller John Chiang.
SCIP begins at the KAC National College Leadership Conference (NCLC), where participants hone their leadership skills by hearing from distinguished speakers, engaging in skill-building exercises, and learn about Korean American and Asian American history and identity. Upon completing NCLC, KAC places each intern in a sponsor’s office for four days a week, and provides one day of community advocacy training at the KAC office.
The community advocacy training is definitely hands-on and relevant to one or two of KAC’s ongoing activities. The work you will be providing is not mere intern busy work but actual impactive community organizing to make a change for the better. The SCIP allows the interns to lead a community-building project. Past projects have included community advocacy pertaining to the redistricting of Koreatown, the creation of a Los Angeles Riots archive and artifact collection, a conference on famine in North Korea, and several voter registration and education drives.
Completed applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 27, 2015.
The application requires:
For an application form or for more information about the program, please call at 213-365-5999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. SCIP Application can be found HERE.
The 4.29 Center Essay Contest
"The 4.29 LA Riots: The Past & The Future"
Essay Due April 12
The Korean American Coalition's (KAC) will hold the 4.29 Essay Contest, an annual event in remembrance of the riots of 1992 which devastated parts of Los Angeles. The contest is a call for students to recall upon the ethnic upheaval and reflect on how to heal the wounds caused by the traumatic event by creating bonds to bridge the fractured cultural ties among the many diverse communities.
The theme of the 4.29 Essay Contest, "The 4.29 L.A. Riots: The Past & The Future," gives a chance for students to learn how their community has been shaped by their understanding of the past, and how their community will be shaped by their participation in the future.
Contest applicants are high school students who attend school in the County of Los Angeles, or college students who are currently registered as undergraduates at a college or university in the United States.
For an application form or for more information about the program, please call at 213-365-5999 or email email@example.com. The prompt of the essay contest can be found HERE .
Redistricting Lawsuit Updates
On February 24, 2015, Judge Consuelo Marshall of the United States District Court for the Central District of California issued an opinion granting the City’s motion for summary judgment and dismissing the action. However, Judge Marshall left open the option for the plaintiffs to re-file certain claims in state court.
KAC is deeply disappointed with Judge Marshall's decision, given the uniquely strong evidence in this case that the City re-drew city council district lines based predominantly based on race. Given that evidence, we believe Judge Marshall should have allowed plaintiffs an opportunity to present their case at trial and required the City to explain its actions at that trial. The plaintiffs are presently conferring with their lawyers regarding next steps, including the possibility of an appeal.
KAC has continued to cover redistricting in Los Angeles as the lawsuit filed by 5 residents against the City of Los Angeles kicks back into gear. Both Korean and English media outlets have covered Koreatown's struggle to be unified and represented in one City Council district.
Become a KAC member or volunteer and get involved in your community! KAC members receive exclusive firsthand access to KAC and community events throughout the year.
To learn more about getting involved, check out our Membership page or Contact Us.
KAC is in need of 2 laptops with wifi capability as
tax-deductible, in-kind donations.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.