2017 San Diego Korean American Youth Camp recap

By James Minki Kwon

Paul Sohn is a former employee at a Fortune 500 company who, upon realizing one day that his successful career had been nothing but a void without devotion to God, began a spiritual journey to overcome his ‘quarter-life crisis’; Carol Kim is an educator-turned-politician who finished 2014 San Diego City Council election, her very first race, as a runner-up; Clara Lee, who goes by AZRA, is a musician, life-coach and author whose book <Cupcake Theory> gained 5 of 5 on Barnes and Nobles review.

Colorful and stellar as such were the speakers from the first San Diego Korean American Youth Camp, held from August 4th to 5th at Hanbit Church (4717 Cardin St. San Diego). Featuring “All Star” line-up for the local Korean American community, the event was conceived and sponsored by San Diego Korean Association and Korean American Coalition (KAC) San Diego branch to give young Korean Americans “opportunities to learn their root and formulate their identity as Korean-descent”, says Jini Shim, the president of KAC San Diego. Ms. Shim was also tasked with running the event as MC, with aids from volunteers who are mostly young Korean Americans in their 20s. For such a nascent event without any backing from big businesses, dealing with more than thirty teenagers is by no means an easy task. Still, it seems that the camp managed itself pretty smoothly. “I liked all the inspirational stories and presentations at the camp,” says a participant, “Their experiences as Korean Americans made me rethink my identity and feel proud of it.”

The Korean American Association hopes to make this event an annual gathering of local youth. For more information, please visit http://koreanyouthcamp.weebly.com

Korean & ESL Classes by Jini

Hello! 안녕하세요!

Planning on traveling to Korea and want to learn a few useful expressions? Know a few colloquial expressions in Korean since you grew up with your Korean grandparents, but curious to learn the language more in-depth? Want to simply learn a new language over the summer? Well, your timing is great because I’m planning on spending my summer teaching Korean classes through Korea Daily!

Please sign-up using this Google survey link

Location: Korea Daily office in the heart of “Convoy” (7750 Dagget St., Suite 206, 92111). Ample parking available.

Dates: 8 weeks of 1.5 hour classes to be held from 7:30 to 9pm on the following days

Wed, Jun 14 / Mon, Jun 19 / Wed, Jul 5 / Mon, Jul 10, / Mon, Jul 17 / Mon, Jul 24 / Mon, Jul 31 / Mon, Aug 7

Class materials: no book purchase necessary, as I will provide weekly study materials in advance via Google docs that you should print and bring to class. But if you have Sogang Korean 1A and 1B Student Books, please bring it to class as I will often be referring to materials from those books. So all you need to bring to each class is a notebook, something to write with, and an attitude ready to learn with fellow students of all backgrounds and proficiency levels!

Fees: Up to you! I will take donations of whatever amount you feel that you would like to provide. As a comparison, a local private language learning center called Language Door has students pay around $32 per 1.5 hour class plus a registration fee.

Questions? Feel free to send any questions via email (shimjini [at] gmail.com) and/or Kakao Talk (ID: cestjini)

*I’m open to taking private lesson requests, also. Please ask me about it if you’re interested.


[A little bit about my teaching experience: Since 2012, I’ve taught at various places including San Diego State University, Camp Pendleton, and Language Door. I’m also the online language teacher for KECOS, a non-profit based in Los Angeles.]

KAC-LA Newsletter – February 2017

Just wanted to share with you what the Los Angeles chapter’s activities have been in recent days:

February 2017 Newsletter
KAC Takes Action
KAC #StandsUp
In February, KAC took stances on issues ranging from the local to the federal level.

KAC took a stance (Korean and English) on the discriminatory Executive Order on immigration on February 2.
Senior Safety
KAC made a statement (Korean and English) regarding the assault on a Korean American senior citizen on February 1, which led to a KAC and Olympic Station joint press conference on February 14.
Know Your Rights
KAC provided resources regarding immigrant rights after a series of ICE raids, which was covered by the Korea Times on February 14.

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement
KAC has been working with the Raids Rapid Response Coalition since the beginning of February. On February 23rd, the coalition wrote to elected officials about the issue of ICE posing as LAPD. Later that day, LA City Attorney Mike Feuer, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Council President Herb Wesson released a statement on this issue and recognized the members of the coalition. KAC’s stance on ICE posing as LAPD was covered by the Korea Timeson February 24. On February 22, LA18 covered KAC and the coalition’s position on the recent changes to deportation.
Proposition H
KAC endorsed Proposition H on February 13. The proposition is also endorsed by City Councilmember David Ryu, the Korean American Democratic Committee (KADC), and Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD). Please remember to join us on March 7 as we exercise our right to vote and make our voices heard.

For more information on Proposition H, visit www.VoteYesOnH.com.
KAC’s Program Shout-Outs
KAC was covered in an article about the recent increase in demand for citizenship services.
KAC’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Center was referenced in an article by the Korea Daily.

World Korean Medical Journal
KAC’s Board Member Dr. Jinha Park’s tribute to Dr. Sammy Lee was published in the December 2016 issue of the WKMJ. You can read the full tribute here.
Civic Engagement
March Mixer
On March 2, KAC will be holding a mixer featuring food, drink, and voter registration. Bring a friend, a partner, a stranger – anyone who hasn’t registered to vote yet. You can enjoy a Thursday night out and encourage civic engagement at the same time! Come chill with us at Cafe Bleu.
Where: Cafe Bleu
Address: 3470 W. 6th St. Suite 8B Los Angeles, CA 90020
When: Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 6pm – 8:30pm
Here’s why you should “March” with us… join us for drinks as we register you to vote!
Voter Registration
On February 15, KAC held a voter registration drive with OCA-Greater Los Angeles in front of the LA Convention Center. We registered new citizens to vote in time for the March election, and we look forward to helping more people register before the April elections! We encourage you all to come out and exercise your right to vote. If you haven’t registered yet, please drop by our office or our upcoming events to get registered!
Media: Korea Times (2/15), Korea Times (2/21)
Collaborations and Partnerships
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coalition
KAC has been hosting and participating in a coalition that includes the Unification of Disabled Latin Americans, the Wilshire Center Business Improvement District, Fundacion Jalisco, and the Offices of Councilmember David Ryu, Council President Herb Wesson, Supervisor Hilda Solis, and State Assemblymember Miguel Santiago. This coalition was developed to help small business owners protect themselves from lawsuits that exploit ADA principles for profit. Look forward to hearing more soon!
On February 3, Executive Director Joon Bang stood with community leaders from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, California Rising Collaborative, Church World Service, CLUE LA, El Rescate, Islamic Center of Southern California, Latino Coalition of Los Angeles PAC, SEIU California, and SEIU-USWW at the #WeAreAllAmerica Solidarity peaceful protest.
Manhee Koju Foundation Life Grant
KAC would like to congratulate the recipients of the Manhee Koju Foundation Life Grant Awards. Working with the diverse, multiethnic community, KAC nominated three candidates in need to receive this award.
Thank You
KAC received a $45,000 grant from State Farm Insurance for KAC’s leadership development programs. Thank you for supporting our programs and investing in our community!
KAC thanks the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund for its $10,000 grant towards KAC’s youth programs. Because of DSYF’s commitment to investing in the future of our community, KAC will be able to better provide our youth with opportunities to learn and develop crucial skills.
KAC would like to thank the directors of the SkyRose Chapel Foundation at Rose Hills Memorial Park for their sponsorship gift of $1,500. The grant will go towards providing seniors in need with low-cost to free access to our Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.
Philanthropy Spotlight
KAC would like to highlight this month’s major donors:
Bernie Yoo
Dr. Jinha Park
Sue Choi
Susie Oh
Thank you for your involvement, contributions, and support for KAC and the work that we do.

[Film Screening] “The Sky Blue Symphony” – Fri, Feb 24, 2017 @ UCSD – Center Hall 216

An announcement from the San Diego Korean Pungmul School about a free film screening – hosted by UCSD’s graduate student organization “Mannam” and UCSD’s Kommon Society, with support from student volunteers of San Diego Korean Pungmul School
Film title: The Sky Blue Symphony
Director: Young-Ee Park
Friday, Feb 24, 2017, 6pm
At UC San Diego’s Center Hall room 216
There is no admission fee.
There will be light snacks and beverages.
This film screened at the Asian Film Festival of Dallas in 2016. Here is a link for a brief description and a trailer of the film: http://www.asianfilmdallas.com/sky-blue-symphony/
다큐 영화 <하늘색 심포니> 소개해 올립니다.
감독: 박영이
<샌디에고 상영 & 감독과의 대화>

*언제-2월 24일, 금요일, 오후 6시!  

*장소- UCSD CENTR 216(Center Hall 2층)
*상영장소와 가까운 파킹랏 – Gilman Parking Structure, UCSD – closest parking to the Center Hall 
*UCSD 대학원생모임 ‘만남’ (노승명회장)과 
*UCSD 학부생모임 ‘Kommon Society'(양윤정회장)가 공동 주관하고,
샌디에고 풍물학교 중.고등학교 학생들이 
자원(&재능)봉사자로 참여하여 함께 준비한 영화상영 행사입니다.
*입장료없으며, 간단한 스낵(떡, 쿠키 & 음료) 준비 예정입니다.
주변에 널리 알려주시고, 가족과 함께…, 이웃들과 함께…,
많이 참여해주시길 부탁드립니다.
중앙일보 기사

영화 줄거리
영화는 일본에서 나고 자란 조선학교 학생들이 북한을 방문하는 여정을 함께 한다. 2주일 간 북한에 체류하면서 아이들은 ‘조국’에서 만난 사람들과 얘기도 나누고 함께 노래도 부른다. 분단의 상징인 판문점에서 고향땅인 남쪽(한국)을 바라보며 아직도 전쟁중이라는 비극을 실감하기도 한다. 이국에서 태어난 아이들에게 있어서 조국이란 무엇인가? [제 8회 DMZ국제다큐영화제]
유투브 예고편 – Trailer on YouTube 
이주민영화제 페이스북 링크

San Diego Korean Community New Briefing – Week of Sun, Jan 15, 2017

Students and volunteers grow up hand in hand

Link: 학생들과 봉사자가 ‘손에 손잡고-Hand in Hand’ 성장해요.

  • The impetus of consistently doing volunteer comes from an honest heart 
  • Club established since 2009
  • Currently recruiting high school students as volunteers for Hand in Hand students

Hand in Hand is a non-profit school established in 2009 for students with developmental disorders to improve social adaptability and gain various experience by interacting with volunteer high school students. This school offers lots of lectures like music, art, dance, Tae-kwon-do along with learning attitudes for daily life, doing performance and having field trips every Saturday from 9 am till 12 pm at Korean United Methodist Church. This school was founded when Byung-dae Kim, who is Korean American Association’s current president, was a president with human rights research center and keenly felt the need for a school in the Korean community that serves students with developmental disorder. Currently, the group is recruiting high school students to volunteer for the program and activities will start on January 21st. 

(Original news from Korea Daily San Diego)


By Haelee Lee

About the reporter: she studies food and nutrition in college in Seoul, Korea, and is currently doing her study abroad in San Diego.



San Diego Korean Community News Briefing – Week of Fri, Dec 23, 2016

  1. Korean American Association’s end of the year party


According to the Korea Times, there were congratulatory addresses from celebrities including the LA general consul and scholarship presentation ceremony at the Korean American Association’s end of the year party. 12 students received scholarship from 15 donors and there was a service award presentation in which five people received the Presidential Service Award for their good deeds and efforts. Additionally, six people received the LA General Consul award, and nine people received the San Diego Mayor’s award. Celebration ensued with performances by San Diego Korean Folk Dance Association, San Diego Korean Pungmul School, and by various performers who participated in the talent show. 

Picture of the scholarship recipients and donors below.

자세한 내용은 아래 “The Korea Times_Wednesday, December 21, 2016” 원문을 참고해주세요.




By Haelee Lee, San Diego Korean Community News Reporter

San Diego Korean Community News Briefing – Week of Fri, Dec 16, 2016

샌디에고 한인 커뮤니티 뉴스 브리핑

1. Korean traditional percussion band School’s Winter Camp

According to the Korea Times, the San Diego Korean Pungmul School, which is a Korean traditional percussion band, will have a winter camp from the 17th to the 23rd of December. At this camp, Su-whan Choi, the bearer of Korea’s intangible cultural heritage, is going to be the instructor for the camp. 

2. Han-woo club’s end of the year ceremony.

According to the Korea Times, the Han-woo club, which consists of the previous and current San Diego Korean American association’s presidents, held their end of the year event on December 14th at San-tong Palace restaurant.

3. The LA consul general’s meeting

According to the Korea Times, Ki-chul Lee, who is the LA consul general, visited San Diego to have a meeting with the heads of Korean local groups on December 16th at San-tong Palace. 

4. Korean American Senior Association – current president hands fund to build a new recreation center over to the next president 

At the recent Korean American Senior Association’s monthly meeting, it was decided to turn over the issue, which is building a new recreation center or using the North Clairemont recreation center, to the next president. It depends on decision of San Diego city. If the city was going to authorizes to utilize the North Clairemont recreation center after 20 years and to extend more 20 years around next March or April, the Korean senior residents association would give fund to benefactor not to spend fund on operational fund. 

자세한 내용은 아래 “The Korea Times_Wednesday, December 14, 2016” 원문을 참고해주세요.



By Haelee Lee, San Diego Korean Community News Reporter

San Diego Korean Community News Briefing – Week of Fri, Dec 9, 2016

샌디에고 한인 커뮤니티 뉴스 브리핑

Hi everyone!

Haelee Lee, one of the newest of our members, will be providing a weekly summary of various San Diego Korean community news for the next month. Articles will be collected from the Korea Daily and the Korea Times. Here is a few from this past week:

자세한 내용은 아래 링크를 통해 확인 할 수 있습니다.

Link: “칸타모레 겨울 콘서트 – ‘힐링주는 무대’ 호평”

According to the Korea daily, The Cantamore Chorus, which is the group of people who love singing, successfully performed its 19th Winter Concert on December 3rd, 2016 at the Korean United Methodist Church. They have performed for 15 years, having had a lot of support from various audience. 

Link: “KMA 연말행사 성료- 신임 총무에 이용진씨”

According to the Korea daily, Yong-Jin Lee, who is the local president of SSD Plastic, was elected General Affairs President of Korean Maquiladora Association on December 3rd, 2016 at Crossing Carlsbad.

Link: “여성골프회 정기대회 – 메달리스트 최민디씨”

According to the Korea Daily, The San Diego Korean Women’s Golf Association held its 89th tournament on December 1st, 2016 in Rancho Bernardo. The winner was Min-Di Choi.