The Korean American Coalition and the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Los Angeles Co-Host a Celebration of Korean American Leadership
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Los Angeles, CA- The Korean American Coalition (KAC) and the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Los Angeles will co-host an End-of Year celebration entitled, “Celebration of Korean American Leadership.” At the event KAC will commemorate 35 years of service to the community by announcing the inaugural Luminary Award in two categories: Individual and Corporate.
Individual KAC Luminary Award Honoree: Min Kim, President and CEO of Open Bank
Corporate KAC Luminary Award Honoree: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
The KAC Luminary Awards celebrate the recipients and their overall betterment of our Korean American community. KAC Luminaries LIGHT the way forward for our community: Leadership, Impact, Generosity, Hope, Tenacity.
The event will also be honoring Eunice Hur Song Esq. as she takes on the duties of Executive Director for the Korean American Coalition. Ms. Song will be reiterating her vision for the next chapter of KAC as she will unveil KAC’s priorities for 2019 which include: Civic Engagement, Leadership Development, and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
The Celebration of Korean American Leadership will be on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 from 6:30-9:00 PM at the Wilshire Country Club. Imbibements and heavy hors d'oeuvres will be provided, business festive attire is requested.
Los Angeles, CA – On December 10, 2018 KAC will facilitate and host a Grassroots Community Meeting regarding the Vote Center Placement Project (VCPP), in association with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC). This meeting will educate our community regarding Los Angeles County’s transition from traditional polling places to vote centers in 2020. This new model will allow voters to cast a ballot at any vote center location in the County over an 11-day period.
The Vote Center Placement Project's core mission is to identify and place accessible and convenient vote center locations throughout Los Angeles County. VCPP emphasized that by using community outreach methods the county will analyze voter preferences that directly represent the needs of each community. During this grassroots community meeting, KAC will be dedicated to receiving our community member’s valued input as to where they would like a vote center to be placed. KAC is excited to partner with L.A County and is honored to represent the voting needs and preferences of the Korean American community.
Our meeting is at South Baylo University on December 10, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 PM. Snacks, beverages, and small gifts will be provided.
Los Angeles, CA - KAC Board unanimously voted in Eunice Hur Song, Esq. as the new Executive Director to commence duties as of November 1, 2018.
Ms. Song is homegrown within the KAC organization. She first joined KAC in 2008 as a participant of the mentorship program for law students. Through KAC, she met mentors that impact her life to this day. While she was a student in the Southwestern Law School’s two-year accelerated program called SCALE (Southwestern Conceptual Approach to Legal Education), Ms. Song started volunteering for KAC as a certified mediator for the 4.29 Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Center in early 2008. In 2012, she accepted the full-time role as the Mediation Director for the ADR center and helped dramatically increase its case closure rate helping numerous community members resolve disputes. “I am so thankful that KAC enabled me to serve the community, especially the elderly and low-income clients, as a bilingual mediator. It is such rewarding work to be able to be a conduit by which two parties can come to agreement to move past disputes” said Ms. Song.
Ms. Song returned to KAC in July of 2017 as the Director of the 4.29 Alternative Dispute Resolution Center to revitalize the ADR department. During her most recent tenure as the Director of the ADR Center, she improved the case closure rate two-fold. In the 2017-2018 Los Angeles County fiscal year alone, Ms. Song and the ADR Center helped 108 individuals and businesses resolve their disputes. In October, the Board of KAC decided to recognize her service to the community by elevating her to the Executive Directorship of KAC.
As KAC’s Executive Director, Ms. Song plans to not only uphold, but expand KAC’s roster of community services and programs. Those include:
As Executive Director, Eunice plans to continue KAC’s tradition of promoting for the civic and civil rights interests of the Korean American community along with the staff and KAC’s Board of Directors and the newly elected officers: Susie Oh, Chair of the Board; Garrett Lee Esq. (Secretary); Daniel Lee, Esq. (Treasurer); Commissioner Robert Lee Ahn, Esq., Charlie Kim, Tony Kim, Andrew Lee, Dr. Young Jik Lee, M.D., and James Santa Maria.
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Los Angeles, CA - On October 13, the Korean American Coalition’s (KAC) Model United Nations (MUN) students attended their first conference of the year at Cerritos High School. In competition with about 700 students, KAC MUN brought home a total of 6 awards of excellence. This award was given to a select few of students that displayed expertise in their specific global issue and performed excellent acts of diplomacy.
“Our MUN students have been vigorously working on their researching, public speaking, and debating skills in preparation for the Cerritos MUN Conference. Through improvisational public speaking exercises, deeply discussing international affairs, as well as writing and performing speeches, KAC was well represented due to the exceptional performance of our students,” said this year’s MUN Advisor Adam Chong.
KAC Executive Director Joon Bang adds, “KAC has been at the forefront of developing young leaders since the 1980’s. It is a privilege for KAC to continue that history through our MUN students this year. We are thrilled to see the progress our students have made and we are excited to see what they will accomplish throughout the year.”
KAC congratulates our MUN students on their impressive work over the last month in preparation for this conference, as well as on developing their teamwork, leadership, and academic abilities.
KAC Selected to Partner with the L.A County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk to Facilitate Grassroots Community Meeting for Vote Center Placement Project
Los Angeles, CA – KAC was selected to partner with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) to facilitate and host the Grassroots Community Meetings regarding the Vote Center Placement Project (VCPP). In 2020, Los Angeles County will transition from traditional polling places to vote centers. This new model will allow voters to cast a ballot at any vote center location in the County over an 11-day period. KAC is excited to partner with L.A County and is honored to represent the voting needs and preferences of the Korean American community.
The Vote Center Placement Project's core mission is to identify and place accessible and convenient vote center locations throughout Los Angeles County. VCPP emphasized that by using community outreach methods the county will analyze voter preferences that directly represent the needs of each community. During this process, KAC will be dedicated to accurately depicting the voter preferences of the Korean American community through our grassroots community outreach methods.
LA County’s voting system has been the same since the 1960’s and the outdated system lacks flexibility and adaptability. The modernized ballot marking device features touch-screen technology with a simple user interface, both audio and visual output and a built-in scanner, printer and ballot box. The touch display also includes a language selection system that gives voters the choice to vote in 13 different languages, Korean being one of them. Once again, KAC is enthusiastic about our partnership with the L.A County RR/CC, during this process KAC will update our community regarding our own grassroots community meeting where VCPP can receive the valued perspective of the Korean American community regarding vote center placement.