The Korean American Coalition has long been an advocate for the Korean and Korean American community. Below are a few recent issues KAC has helped advocate with other organizations.
Hakwons Saved by Heritage School Bill (SB 1116)
In 2007, the California Department of Social Services (DSS) began regulating hakwons (Korean-style tutoring centers) under laws used to regulate daycare centers. Although hakwons and daycare centers are incontestably different, the DSS shut down or fined hakwons $300 daily under regulations that apply only to daycare centers because of a lack of specific laws that apply to hakwons. In 2009, the DSS started to enforce these regulations.
When the Hakwon Associations were unable to explain their case on their own, they requested KAC's assistance. KAC's involvement helped prevent the closure of these hakwons which would have disrupted the lives of many Korean American families with school aged children, as well as thousands of hakwon employers and employees.
The Heritage School Bill (SB 1116) went into effect on January 1, 2011.
Article from Sports Seoul USA found HERE
LPGA's English Proficiency Requirement
KAC recognized the problematic implications of the English language proficiency requirement in the LPGA. KAC mediators flew to Alabama in 2008 to facilitate an exchange between the LPGA's Korean golfers and the LPGA. Working alongside mainstream politicians and several other organizations, KAC helped eliminate LPGA's English language proficiency requirement.
Article from ESPN can be found HERE
Acupuncture Licensure Act vs "Traditional Chinese Medicine" Practitioner Act
In May 2011, KAC representatives flew to Sacramento to attend public hearings of the Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee under the California State Senate to strongly oppose the generalized mislabeling of oriental medicine practitioners as "Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners." KAC helped educate the Senate Committee members of the errors in naming a branch of medicine that was officially declared in the 1950s as the oldest type of traditional medicine. Article from the Korea times found HERE