Los Angeles, CA - On May 20, 2021, the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act was signed into passage by President Joe Biden with an overwhelming bipartisan vote from the House (364-62) and Senate (94-1). Sponsored by Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Representative Grace Meng (D-NY), the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act is not only an important step to protect Asian Americans but all who face hate and violence in our country. The Korean American Coalition (KAC) celebrates the passage of this act as a major milestone in our history to address anti-Asian hate rhetoric and violence.
The bill is designed to improve hate crime reporting in several ways. First, it requires the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to designate a point person to expedite review of potential hate crimes. Next, it requires the DOJ to develop, and distribute guidance about handling hate crimes to state, local and Tribal law enforcement agencies. Third, it authorizes DOJ to provide local governments with grants to improve hate crime-related training.
In response to the passage of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, KAC will continue to serve and empower the Asian American community and stand in allyship with all communities vulnerable to hate crimes and hate incidents.
Watch the signing of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act here.
Read the full legislation here.
Los Angeles, CA - Yesterday, on April 20, 2021, the jury of State of Minnesota v. Derek Michael Chauvin found Derek Chauvin guilty on second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter of George Floyd. The Korean American Coalition - Los Angeles (KAC) applauds the jury’s decision as an important and crucial victory for victims of unlawful violence. However, much work is still needed to ensure justice is served for all. In addition to the memory of George Floyd, we must continue the fight for justice for all affected communities. Especially those whose lives have been - and continue to be - cut short by senseless violence.
Manifestations of hate, racism and violence against the Asian American community have also been on the rise since the advent of COVID-19. Our fight to #StopAsianHate must be aligned with our common struggle with other communities of color to promote justice and to dismantle conditions of inequality. The Korean American Coalition believes all forms of hate must be eradicated, and that every human being deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. We stand united with the Black community to continue the fight for justice and equality for all.
데릭 쇼빈 재판 평결에 대한 한미연합회(KAC) 성명문
Los Angeles, CA - 어제, 2021년 4월 20일, 미네소타 주 v. 데릭 마이클 쇼빈 재판의 배심원단은 데릭 쇼빈의 조지 플로이드에 대한 2급 살인, 3급 살인 그리고 2급 과실치사 혐의에 대해 모두 유죄 평결을 내렸다. 한미연합회(Korean American Coalition, KAC)는 배심원들의 결정이 불법적인 폭력의 피해자들에게 아주 중요하고도 결정적인 승리라는 점에서 박수를 보낸다. 하지만, 정의가 모든 커뮤니티에 구현되기 위해서는 여전히 많은 노력이 필요하다. 조지 플로이드를 기억하기 위함 뿐 아니라, 영향을 받은 모든 커뮤니티를 위한 정의를 위해 - 특히 무분별한 폭력으로 계속해서 목숨을 잃는 이들을 위해 - 우리는 계속해서 투쟁해 나가야 한다.
아시안 커뮤니티에 대한 증오, 인종차별과 폭력 또한 COVID-19 출현 이후 더욱 증가하고 있다. 아시안 증오범죄 근절(#StopAsianHate)을 위한 우리의 투쟁은 정의 실현과 불평등 해체를 위한 다른 유색인종 공동체들의 투쟁과 함께 하여야 한다. 한미연합회(KAC)는 모든 형태의 증오는 근절되어야 하며, 모든 인간은 존엄한 대우를 받을 자격이 있다고 믿는다. 모두를 위한 정의와 평등을 위한 투쟁을 위해 우리는 흑인 커뮤니티와 함께 연대한다.
Los Angeles, CA - The Korean American Coalition (KAC) vehemently condemns hate crimes against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and calls on our community leaders and elected officials to condemn anti-Asian violence and to act in allyship with the AAPI partners to find solutions to protect our community from further unnecessary violence.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 3,800 hate incidents* in the United States have been reported to Stop AAPI Hate. Reports of Asian Americans being attacked, spat on, coughed on, threatened, insulted, and killed have been increasing at an alarming rate within the past month and many in the AAPI community are now living in fear for their safety.
In late February 2021, a Korean American U.S. Air Force veteran was senselessly attacked and threatened with racial slurs and discriminatory language in Koreatown, Los Angeles. A 91-year-old man was shoved to the ground while walking on a sidewalk in broad daylight in Oakland. 84-year-old Thai man, Vicha Ratanapakdee, was fatally attacked while on his morning walk in San Francisco. The rise of violence against Asian Americans recently reached a new height on March 16, 2021 when a gunman targeted several Asian American businesses in Atlanta, Georgia and killed eight people, of which six were women of Asian descent. We are devastated by the lives lost and extend our deepest condolences to the communities of the victims.
Despite a clear escalation of violence against the AAPI community, many incidents continue to go unreported. We strongly urge everyone to report any hate incident or hate crimes by calling 2-1-1, and submitting a report online at Stop AAPI Hate or Asian Americans Advancing Justice.
The experience of being Asian in America does not differentiate based on country of origin. Historically, we’ve seen that an attack on one Asian American group affects us all. Unfortunately, racially charged and derogatory terms used to reference COVID-19 by politicians and various media outlets have tied all AAPI community members as a whole to COVID-19. The racist and divisive rhetoric has significantly contributed to igniting the current anti-Asian sentiment in our country, giving people an easy target to blame for the suffering that we have all shared as a result of COVID-19.
Responding to these attacks requires action. Individually, we must call out and stand up against instances of racism. Creating true diversity and inclusion is a responsibility that must be performed daily, and which will cut across many years. All of us here at KAC will stand with our allies to fight back against racism and violence directed at AAPI and all marginalized communities. We encourage everyone to take a collective action with us against AAPI hate.
Here’s how you can help:
1. Report hate incident and crime activity by doing the following:
3. Read the How to Report a Hate Crime booklet and learn about what constitutes a hate incident/crime, your rights and prevention tips. Booklets available in Korean/English and six other languages.
4. Join your company/organization’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) group to partner up with fellow allies to bring awareness to the anti-Asian hate and violence that’s happening across our communities.
5. Call your elected officials to take more explicit, concrete action to address anti-Asian hate. Urge them to use language that promotes inclusivity, and to avoid use of racially divisive and incendiary language.
*STOP AAPI HATE 2020-2021 National Report (March 16, 2021)
Los Angeles, CA - Tuesday, March 16, 2021 is the last day to register for a Vote-By-Mail ballot to participate in the Wilshire Center - Koreatown Neighborhood Council (WCKNC) Elections. This year’s elections are mail-in-ballot ONLY. Only those who request a Vote-By-Mail ballot can vote. There are two ways to register:
To verify your voter eligibility, all voters must submit documentation of identification. Find documentation guidelines at (https://clerk.lacity.org/sites/g/files/wph606/f/Attachment_C_2021_NC_Election_Documentation_Guide.pdf).
The Neighborhood Council is a grassroots level of the Los Angeles City government. Neighborhood Councils advocate on issues like homelessness, housing, land use, emergency preparedness, public safety, parks, transportation, and sustainability. They also provide local expertise and a local voice on the delivery of City services to communities.
We have the power to help shape the body who can promote the interests of diverse communities and your vote matters. Let’s represent our community and vote on Election Day, March 23, 2021 for the Wilshire Center - Koreatown Neighborhood Council.
Find more information about Neighborhood Council elections, candidates, resources and upcoming dates at https://clerk.lacity.org/elections/neighborhood-council-election or call Neighborhood Council Election Section at (213) 978-0444 or Korean American Coalition at (213) 365- 5999.
The Korean American Coalition - Los Angeles (KAC) stands with the Asian and Asian American communities in condemning the article (“Contracting for sex in the Pacific War”) and op-ed written by Professor J. Mark Ramseyer, Mitsubishi Professor of Japanese Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, which attempts to undermine and deny the lived experiences of comfort women who were forced into Japanese military sexual slavery before and during World War II.
Professor Ramseyer’s revisionist claims of comfort women as voluntary prostitutes are a grave distortion of historical facts, as there is overwhelming evidence, living proof, and even UN recognition that proves the existence of systematic sexual slavery. He fails to consider the Japanese government’s deliberate efforts to erase this history in their demand of the dismantling of comfort women memorial statues, the removal of any mention of comfort women in Japanese textbooks and their attempts to do so with U.S. textbooks, and position to steer clear of official government recognition and compensation.
About 200,000 women, primarily from Korea, but also from other Asian countries, including the Philippines, China, Singapore, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, and Taiwan, were forced into systematic sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese military during World War II. Through coercion, violence, and deception, these women and young girls were abducted and forced into sexual slavery in inhumane conditions. Post-World War II, comfort women survivors suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, sexually transmitted diseases, infertility, and damaged reproductive systems. The majority of these women and girls faced intense stigma upon return, and whether it be due to trauma, shame, or desire for privacy, many were reluctant to speak about their experiences. In his article, Ramseyer utilizes terms like “women,” “prostitutes,” and “contracts,” to neutralize the the horrific accounts of organized sexual violence against young girls, teenagers and women who were kidnapped, raped, and severely abused. In doing so, he undermines the accounts of survivors who spoke up about their horrific experiences. Furthermore, he deliberately dismisses a diverse range of existing scholarship on a settled historical account.
KAC recognizes the value of academic freedom. However, “academic freedom” is not an excuse for indefensible scholarship. Publications in respected journals carry the imprimatur of credibility. Issues subject to reasonable debate are fair game for academic publication. Publishing demonstrable falsehoods, however, falls outside this scope. By publishing this article, Elsevier and the International Review of Law and Economics, convey the message that the forced slavery of women during World War II is not a settled fact, but rather a supposition open to debate. No publication should give credence or legitimacy to this level of blatant falsehood and historical revisionism. Rather than simply delaying print publication of J. Mark Ramseyer’s problematic paper, KAC calls for the complete withdrawal and condemnation of this paper.