On January 26, KAC Executive Director Joon Bang took part in a joint press conference with CA Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, LA Community College District Chancellor Dr. Francisco Rodriguez, LA Community College District Board of Trustees President Sydney Kamlager, and representatives from CHIRLA, SEIU United Service Workers West, and Catholic Charities of LA, Inc. to encourage eligible DACA recipients to apply for renewal as soon as possible, ahead of the March 5 deadline.
Media Coverage: Korea Daily (1/27), Korea Times (1/27), Radio Korea, Woori Radio, Korea Daily (2/1), Korea Times (2/1), YTN Radio, Radio Seoul
On January 20, KAC hosted a voter registration booth at the second Women's March on Los Angeles, joining several hundreds of thousands of people as they hit the streets of downtown Los Angeles for the second year in a row.
On January 20, the Korean American Coalition’s (KAC) Model United Nations (MUN) students attended their second MUN conference of the year at Edison High School. In competition with about 644 students, KAC MUN brought home a total of 12 awards: 10 research awards and 2 commendation awards.
KAC congratulates our MUN students on their impressive work over the last few months in preparation for this conference, as well as on developing their teamwork, leadership, and academic skills.
Media Coverage: YTN Radio, Korea Times, Korea Daily
On January 16th, KAC's Executive Director, Joon Bang received the 2018 Impact-Maker to Watch award. The Impact-Maker to Watch award is an annual distinction for those who are doing foundational work to make a positive impact in Los Angeles and will continue to do so throughout the year, with significant results. Honorees are designated by LA leaders, including members of the LA City Council and Board of Supervisors. Honorees may have a career of impact that continues to show results or may be just starting out, with equally impressive results. Honorees will be supported and promoted through various City Impact Lab programs throughout the year.
Media Coverage: YTN Radio, Korea Times, Radio Korea, Korea Daily
115 years ago, on January 13, 102 Korean men, women, and children made history as the first Korean immigrants to the United States. Since this first wave of immigration, Korean Americans have become one of the fastest growing groups of Asian Americans in the US and have become an integral part of this country.
Korean Americans are a part of the American experience in many ways, with roots in immigration, a pursuit of the American dream, a history of fighting for their rights, investment into the communities they live in, sacrifice in our wars, and countless other contributions to this country. Days like Korean American Day, which celebrate our country's diversity, are even more meaningful now, in a time when the president of the US is known for making racially insensitive and discriminatory remarks that reduce our fellow Americans to little but their race or sex. Celebrating Korean American Day is one of the many ways through which we take a stand.
This year, KAC would like to recognize US Senator Kamala D. Harris and CA Congressman Jimmy Gomez for introducing Senate Resolution 373 and House Resolution 686 in recognition of Korean American Day, as well as Councilmember David Ryu and Council President Herb Wesson for recognizing Korean American Day at LA City Hall. KAC was honored to represent the Korean American community during this celebration at City Hall, alongside Councilmember David Ryu, Congressmember Jimmy Gomez, the new Consul General of Korea Wan-joong Kim, and Ralph Ahn, son of the late and historic freedom fighter Dosan Ahn Chang Ho.
On January 6, KAC Executive Director Joon Bang joined CA Congresswoman Karen Bass and Oscar winners TJ McKay Martin, Dan Lindsay, Charles Stewart, and Eric Rico Reed in a panel discussion of the documentary film on the LA Riots called LA 92.