From March 2 to 4, the Korean American Coalition’s (KAC) Model United Nations (MUN) students attended their final MUN conference of the year: the 66th annual session of the Berkeley MUN Conference (BMUN) at the University of California, Berkeley. BMUN was the world’s first United Nations simulation and continues to be one of the world’s premier and largest MUN conferences.
In competition with nearly 2,000 students from 117 schools and 5 countries, KAC MUN’s 21 students brought home a total of 10 awards: 4 research awards and 6 commendation awards.
KAC congratulates our MUN students on their outstanding work over the last few months in preparation for this conference, as well as on their personal accomplishments this weekend, whether speaking in front of a room of over 100 students, collaborating with large groups of students, leading their committees, writing resolutions, or supporting one another.
On February 28, KAC joined 25 organizations in signing on to a letter to Congress, calling for a permanent solution for DREAMers and bringing forth the DREAM Act for a vote.
In February, KAC Executive Director Joon Bang was selected as a finalist for the 2018 Social Innovation Fast Pitch & Showcase on March 22, 2018. The 10 finalists will make three-minute pitches to a panel of judges and an audience of approximately 600 philanthropic, business, civic, and nonprofit leaders, competing to win awards totaling over $40,000.
To attend the Fast Pitch Event and see our Executive Director present his pitch on behalf of KAC, purchase your tickets here!
On February 5, KAC held a press conference with Inquilinos Unidos, the Eviction Defense Network, and a few of our senior community members to invite our community to learn about their rights as tenants in LA at the KAC Tenant Rights Workshop on Saturday, February 10.
Media Coverage: Korea Times (2/6), Koreatown Daily, Korea Daily, YTN Radio, Radio Seoul, Radio Korea, Woori Radio, Korea Times (2/9)
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.