The Association of Korean Adoptees (AKA) is a Southern California-based organization whose umbrella covers Los Angeles, San Diego, and Santa Barbara. Established in 1994, AKA-SoCal is a non-profit, independent and secular group of adult, Korean-born adoptees and their associates. AKA-SoCal is a 501(c)(3) California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation.
Come join other Korean adoptees the last Friday of the month at various SoCal locations.
Mix, mingle, and have some fun! Friends, partners, family, etc. are all welcome!
Join us on Friday, May 29th at 7:30pm as we kick off our Last Friday Mixers– a space for members and their guests to hang out and get to know each other.
We will be kickin’ it at Golden Road Brewery and feel free to drop by the Pub Side throughout the night (will have a table). Pup & kid friendly space!
We are excited to announce that AKA so-cal will be a community partner of the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival and co-presenting the LA premiere screening of Twinsters.
Please join us for the viewing on Saturday April 25th at 5:00pm
*Followed by a get together afterwards
Tickets can be purchased via: http://laapff.festpro.com/films/detail/twinsters_2015
Make sure to include Discount Code: AKA15
Join us for our next Quarterly Meeting!
Date: Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 2:00pm
Location: Santa Monica Public Library
601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, California 90401
- There is a parking lot under the Central Library on 7th between Arizona and Santa Monica Blvd.
- The meeting is in the Community Room on the 2nd Floor.
Our quarterly meeting is coming soon on Saturday, October 25th at 3pm. Please join us as we discuss upcoming activities and re-open nominations for board members.
AKA SoCal has always been fueled by passionate volunteers & members who care about the local adoptee community. Leadership is welcomed in any capacity! If you are unable to attend the quarterly meeting but are interested in becoming a board member, please message Mali Sheridan, David Holland, or RJ Watson.
The meeting will be hosted at Angel City Brewery in the arts district downtown. More information on parking will be provided soon!
Angel City Brewery
216 S Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Please RSVP in advance via the Facebook Event link below:
For questions or concerns please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Nicky Sa-eun Schildkraut and other local talented writers on August 15th, 7pm at Giant Robot (2062 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025)
As a Korean adoptee, Nicky’s creative and scholarly work reflects an ongoing interest to explore the emotional and historical aspects of the Korean diaspora as well as transnational adoption. Nicky is currently completing a second book titled Until Qualified For Pearl, containing lyrical and narrative poems, and a non-fiction critical book about adoption narratives in literature and film.
Thank you to those who made it out from near and far to the Quarterly Meeting! For those who were not able to make it please note:
-Board positions (President, VP & Secretary) are still open and will be filled at the next Quarterly Meeting (Date & location TBD-please stay tuned!).
Nominations are still being accepted! If interested please contact email@example.com.
-Currently as the organization is in transition and the Board is re-developing, in the interim THANK YOU Malie Sheridan, RJ Watson, and David Holland for stepping up and helping carry things forward! They will be helping organize the next Quarterly Meeting and other upcoming events.
-Due to lack of registration the Support Group for Intercountry Adoptees has been cancelled and at this point will not be offered in the future. Should anyone be interested in individual support or services please contact Dr. Miya Erickson at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 626-566-7789
-With ASK (Adoptee Solidarity Korea http://www.adopteesolidarity.org/) celebrating its 10 Year Anniversary this year, there is interest in launching ASK Los Angeles. If you are interested in learning more about this possibility, please contact Julayne Lee at email@example.com. Please see below for ASK’s mission and vision statement:
ASK’s mission is to effect change in Korean adoption policy and practice. Through education, research, and advocacy we aim to strengthen our community and create a space for critical dialogue.
ASK envisions the end of inter-country adoption out of Korea in conjunction with long-term alternatives and an improved social welfare system. We will be an active voice that monitors and participates in this process of social and political change.
-As highlighted during the meeting, the Korea Institute for Health & Social
Affairs (KIHASA) published their survey results and are posted online for your reference at: http://goal.or.kr/content/kihasa-survey-international-korean-adoptees-report-2013
-Please help support the Korean American Youth Leaders in Training Program’s (KAYLT) Korean American Adoption Community Forum that will be taking place on August 5th from 6-8pm at Advancing Justice (1145 Wilshire Blvd, First floor, 90017). For more information on the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/444451552363355/
-For those who attended EastLink’s launch event this past April, they will be hosting a summer event on August 12 from 7-9pm that will be exploring and illuminating the complexities of “Saving Face.” More info. to be posted soon.
Thank you for your continued support and we hope you can join us for all of the events that are happening in the community. For questions or concerns please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information click HERE
PLEASE NOTE: Due to lack of registration the Support Group for Intercountry Adoptees has been cancelled.
Should anyone be interested in individual support or services please contact Dr. Miya Erickson at: email@example.com or by phone at 626-566-7789
As AKA SoCal enters into its 20th year of existence, it is important that the organization continues its works so it can provide support for the community. Thus we need your support and participation!
Since its inception, AKA SoCal has always been fueled by passionate volunteers & members who care about the local adoptee community. As we enter into a new quarter, it is time for new energy to continue to carry things forward!
Please join us for this very important meeting as new leadership will be discussed and determined. Transitions will be happening at the end of August so we need your help in making this process possible. A new board will be established.
Let’s make sure AKA SoCal can continue to be a part of the community for another 20 years and beyond!
When: Saturday, August 2nd
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Heyri Coffee House (755 S Hobart Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90005)
* Upstairs Room 1
Please RSVP in advance! If you are interested in being a part of the board please come.
For questions or concerns please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have been excited about the collaboration with Dr. Miya Erickson who recently facilitated the Support Group for Korean Adult Adoptees. Although there were many inquiries, due to the low turn out we are hoping that we can continue to offer this resource within the community. In order to ensure this, we need your participation!
Saturday, August 2nd from 10am – 12pm
Intercountry Adult Adoptee Support Group
Discussion Topic: Searching for Birth Family
– RSVP in advance! In order to honor everyone’s time & commitment payment must also be made in advanced and is non-refundable.
– Unfortunately the AKA SoCal membership discount will no longer be available and it will be $25 for anyone who wishes to participate.
– Support Group is now open to all Intercountry Adoptees!
– Registration form must be submitted alongside payment.
For further inquiries or information please contact Dr. Miya Erickson at: email@example.com or by phone at 626-566-7789