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.
On December 20, KAC held our Year End Party at Mama Lion. We were thrilled to have more than 50 community members join us in ending 2017 and welcoming the New Year, along with CA Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, LA City Councilmember David Ryu, Deputy Consul General Insang Hwang from the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea, and Consul Taehoon Ku from the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea.
KAC is participating in #GivingTuesday!
You might have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two of the busiest shopping days of the year, but have you heard of #GivingTuesday? On November 28, you can join KAC and take part in a world-wide philanthropic movement, #GivingTuesday. It's a day when you can make a huge impact in the Korean American community and the work that KAC does.
How can you be a part of it? Donate.
With your help, KAC can continue to meet the needs of the Korean American community through our advocacy, services, and programs.
Find out how to double your contribution on #GivingTuesday by clicking here.
Why contribute to KAC?
Non-Profit of the Year: In 2017, KAC was recognized as a Non-Profit of the Year honoree. Which makes KAC the first Korean American organization to receive this honor in the state of California.
Airbnb Advocacy: KAC intervened in the Airbnb discrimination dispute between a host and a Korean American guest, leading to a formal apology by the Airbnb host.
34th Congressional District Special Election Error: KAC held the County of Los Angeles accountable for mistakes made only on the Korean language sample ballots in the 34th Congressional district election. Following KAC's action, LA County provided for public record that 777 voters could have been impacted and worked to offer additional remedies for impacted voters.
Section 8 Assistance: In 7 days, KAC helped 328 low-income community members apply to get on the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) Section 8 Wait List and received over 442 calls and in-person requests for assistance from the community. HACLA shares KAC's story.
Together we can make a difference and inspire our community.
Media Coverage: Radio Korea, Radio Seoul
KAC is thrilled to have represented the Korean American community at the Los Angeles City College (LACC) Cultural Diversity Festival on November 20! We provided information about our programs and services, as well as assistance with voter registration, to LACC students.
KAC was honored to receive the Korean American Federation of Los Angeles (KAFLA) Heritage Night Award for the KAC Model United Nations (MUN) program. Thank you for your support!
At the 23rd Annual KAC Legislative Luncheon, 11 elected officials, 32 representatives from 19 offices of elected officials, and about 80 community members and leaders joined KAC in hearing about and discussing Korean American issues such as immigration, DACA, language access, homelessness, and representation.
We thank all those who attended and look forward to seeing you again next year. KAC hopes to work with our elected officials and our community to improve on the issues we recognized today.
For those interested in seeing the program of this year's luncheon or more information, please see here!
Media Coverage: Korea Daily, Korea Times, Woori Radio, Radio Korea, YTN Radio, Radio Seoul
On November 14, KAC took part in a joint press conference with the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA), the Korean Resource Center (KRC) and the Korean American Federation of Los Angeles (KAFLA) to call for the Korean American community's diligence following the repeal of DACA and regarding the passage of a clean DREAM Act.
Media Coverage: Radio Korea