KAC is thrilled to announce that we will be co-hosting the "Embrace LA: Diversity Though Art" community art exhibit with the City of Los Angeles & City Council, the Office of Council President Herb Wesson, the Latino Coalition of Los Angeles, and the William Grant Still Arts Center.
The event offers youth artists in LA the opportunity to get exposure for their work and to win a monetary prize. Artists between the ages of 15 and 25 are welcome to submit pieces on the theme of diversity and their perspective of modern-day Los Angeles for the chance to be selected as one of 4 finalists to have their body of work featured in a standalone exhibit at EK Gallery. One winner will also be awarded a $2,000 monetary prize. The Embrace LA: Diversity Though Art exhibit will display works by some of these promising youth artists and featured community artists.
Make sure to come out and join us on August 19th to support a community art exhibit that celebrates the diversity of LA through the eyes of up-and-coming and featured artists. The event will be open to the public, and refreshments will be served.
Patrick Henry Johnson
1125 Crenshaw Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
KAC is happy to be partnering with the 33rd Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival to present "Wet Sand: Voices from LA," by Dai Sil Kim-Gibson, which will be playing at 2:00pm on April 29 at Tateuchi Democracy Forum (111 N. Central Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012).
The 33rd LAAPFF will be presented April 27 through May 4, 2017 at the Aratani Theatre at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center; Directors Guild of America; Downtown Independent; Tateuchi Democracy Forum at JANM; CGV Cinemas; and additional cinemas in the Los Angeles area. A key highlight leading up to annual Asian Pacific Heritage Month activities, the Festival is produced by Visual Communications, the nation's premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, and enjoys broad support from cinema artists and audiences alike.
Please visit their website for showtimes and tickets.
We hope to see you there!
LAPD Olympic Area partners with Korean American Coalition and Council District 10
Korean Immigration Forum
MAGA Methodist Church of Los Angeles
433 South Normandie Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90020
Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Olympic Area and Korean American Coalition along with community partners would like to connect the Korean Community with resources, service tips, and answers to questions that can help protect from immigration fraud, as well as guidance regarding immigration needs.
For more info, contact:
Sgt. Puente (213) 382-9114
Officer Ahn (213) 382-9117
Invitation from the Executive Director
As President Donald Trump was being sworn into the highest office in our land on Inauguration Day, in an interview with SBS, I was asked the question, "Should we be fearful of his presidency?"
My answer was, "No", While many of his policies are concerning, we simply do not have time for fear. On the contrary, KAC believes that this is an opportunity for our community to mobilize and build a viable voice.
I went on to explain that Donald Trump became President, because he utilized the systems and processes that exist for all of us here in this country.
And though we may disagree with some of the President's agenda, the real question for the Korean American community in Los Angeles is whether we are even working together to be a part of the system, to do anything about it.
Did you know that out of the 77 candidates jockeying for 17 city designations (eight city council seats, mayor, city attorney, city controller, three board of education and three board of trustees seats) in the Los Angeles City primary elections on March 7th, NOT ONE is Korean American.
To this day, Los Angeles is home to the greatest population of Korean Americans living in the United States. We can all sit on the bleachers and watch as decisions are being made that affect us or we can build a community to make an impact in the land we live in.
On Thursday, March 2nd, KAC is holding a March Mixer at Cafe Bleu from (6:00 - 8:30 p.m). We invite you to come, share your views, register to vote and/or bring a friend to register to vote and meet people who are working to build a new coalition for the Korean American community.
Let's make change together.
Joon Y. Bang
Korean American Coalition (KAC)
Invitation from the Executive Director
Dear friends and colleagues,
Eight years ago on the 16th floor of an ivory brick building on Hudson Street near downtown New York City, I began my first day at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), the organization President Obama called, "...simply the best civil rights law firm in American history." My workspace and desk were far from modern. I was inheriting an antique desk covered with water markings from mugs and distressed from old age. I sat, unappreciative until the general counsel knocked on my door to welcome me to the organization.
Before walking out, he casually remarked that the desk belonged to Thurgood Marshall before he became the first African American and minority Supreme Court Justice. He added that the O shaped water markings were formed by Marshall and his colleagues as they sat around the desk to brainstorm strategies to desegregate the South and litigate in the courts during the Civil Rights Movement.
Marshall argued the historic Brown v. Board of Education case before the Supreme Court, which allowed all minorities equal access to education in the United States. It was a case that changed the country. I sat stunned, fully appreciating the moment because I recognized that the work done on the desk represented the access created for minorities today, including me.
As the new Executive Director of the Korean American Coalition (KAC), my hope and vision is for KAC to become the platform of access for our Korean American community. Our mission is to bring the marginalized, under-served, as well as the visible and established from across our multi-generational community together at one table to become one voice. I'd like to invite you to come and build the new coalition with us. Join us on Thursday, January 12 to hear more about what we're planning in 2017.
Joon Young Bang
The Korean American Coalition