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's 2015 SCIP Kicks off!
The Korean American Coalition’s (KAC) Summer College Internship Program (SCIP) has selected seven students from a competitive pool of applicants. The students who were carefully chosen for the KAC SCIP 2015 include Ara Ahn (UC Riverside), Ha Young Kwen (UC San Diego), Han Bit Lee (Azusa Pacific University), Kyo Hong Lee (Arizona State University), Ji Yeon Park (Soka University of America), Chung Ah Seo (Pomona College), and Min Kyu Suh (Brown University).
The SCIP interns began their first week at the KAC National College Leadership Conference (NCLC), where the students refined their leadership skills and learned from various distinguished speakers. NCLC provided this bright group of students with the opportunity to meet established professionals in their field of interest and build awareness of current and past issues that Korean Americans face, emphasizing the importance of participation and the appreciation of the Korean American culture. This longest, continually operating annual leadership conference designed for Korean American students in the United States has educated inspired not only this unique group of students, but also hundreds over the decades.
To commence the SCIP, KAC thoughtfully considered the student’s interests then placed their interns in a non-profit organization, a media corporation, a political institution, or a corporate office. Ara An was placed at the Little Tokyo Service Center, Ha Young Kwen was placed at KoreAm Journal, Han Bit Lee was placed at Chun Ha Insurance, Kyo Hong Lee and Ji Yeon Park were placed at KAC, Chung Ah Seo was placed at the OC Supervisor Michelle Steel’s Office, and Min Kyu Suh was placed at the Bixel Exchange.
The interns will be working for four days under their assigned workplace in order to gain work experience and build connections in their field. And with the remaining day, they will come in to the KAC office in order to work on and complete the KAC internship group project. They are currently brainstorming an idea in order to determine the theme of the group project. The SCIP interns are most likely going to focus on increasing voter registration numbers in the Korean American community. They also hope to address the redistricting issue and other issues affecting the Korean community.
The KAC interns hope to become more engaged with the Korean American Community. They are at a crossroads in the their life, where each will choose a different path; yet one common thread they all expressed is their desire to help bridge KAs with mainstream society. They believe that they have the power to change the future of the Korean American community, and also the future of the society at large.
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.
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