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.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
3:00pm – 5:30pm
Heyri Coffee Shop
755 South Hobart Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90005
Meet some new faces and join us for our Quarterly Meeting. We will discuss our results from our leadership training meeting with OD180 Consulting and review ideas we have for redefining our mission. After the meeting we will grab dinner in Ktown.
*Event is public due to sharing restrictions. This event is not open to the public. Please, only Korean Adoptees may attend. Thank you.
It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for! The Boston Korean Adoptee Anniversary Conference Registration is NOW AVAILABLE!
Boston Korean Adoptees are collecting stories for their 2014 BKA Conference. They are creating “my story ~ 우리 스토리”, a collection of stories told from our point of view about our lives and experiences as adoptees, that will be shared with attendees at the conference in Boston in August. (Think Korean adoptee version of “This American Life”; a “This Adoptee Life.”) Use creativity and feel free to submit your story using audio, video, picture slideshows, or any other multimedia medium. We’re accepting stories from today up until the end of the July 2014. For examples check out these: http://bkadoptee.org/ourdigitalstories
If you are interested in contributing to this collection submit a video or short ~90 second presentation about your story, the story of your organization, or what his/her adoption experience has been like. We’d appreciate any sort of participation or help us spread this information to others. Thanks for your time!
If you have any questions, please contact: email@example.com. or visit http://www.bkadoptee.org/DSP.
What an amazing film and premier of akaDan’s Documentary and album release party! If you weren’t there you definitely missed out!
I heard from one individual, “This film was great, because even if you weren’t adopted you could relate. So many adoptee films are focused from the adoptee perspective, as an outsider it is hard to understand.” I also heard, “This film was a nice balance, it was funny, sad, and happy.” Personally for me the film really hit home. All those emotions and memories that I stashed away were resurfacing again as I watched the film. I know there were others that were feeling the same way as I could tell from the tears and the words exchanged after the film.
Great film! Must see!
AKA SoCal & Connect-A-Kid Annual Holiday Party!
Saturday, December 14th
3:30pm – 4:30pm (Bowling)
XLanes LA Bowling Alley
333 S. Alameda St. #300 Los Angeles, CA 90013
(plus shoe rental)
Connect-A-Kid will be hosting 2 hours of Karaoke
The Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs (KIHASA), a research institute for developing and shaping policy under the Prime Minister’s Office, is conducting a survey on overseas Korean adoptees. The purpose of this survey is to investigate the current status of overseas adult Korean adoptees in order to evaluate and better meet their post adoption service needs. This project is funded by the Ministry of Health and Welfare of the Republic of Korea.
This survey is open to all overseas Korean adoptees and adoptive parents. The questionnaire is in three types: one for adult Korean adoptees (aged 18 years or older), one for teenagers (aged 13~18) and one for Adoptive parents with child(ren) under 12. The survey will take approximately 20~30 minutes to complete.
As a token of appreciation, everyone who completes the survey will be entered in a raffle to win a round-trip plane ticket to Korea (worth 3,000 USD – the first prize for one person) or Korean drama DVDs (the second prize for 5 people). In addition, the two adoption organizations with the most participation are going to receive 500 USD, and the five adoption organizations with the second highest participation will receive Korean drama DVDs.
The online survey address is http://survey.hri87.com/z130093_ado
The survey is due on November 22, 2013.
*Please make sure to note your affiliation with AKA SoCal!*
The main findings of this survey will be published in English and Korean for the public to view. You will be able to check and download the survey report HERE
Thank you for taking the time to participate!
Additional details & Ticket Information HERE
Promo Code (50% discount on tix): AKADAN (all caps)
Friday, November 22
APPROVED FOR ADOPTION
Animated Documentary, Laurent Boileau/Jung Henin France, 2012 75 minutes In French with English subtitles
Synopsis: This remarkable animated documentary traces the upbringing of filmmaker Jung Henin, one of over 200,000 thousand Korean children adopted by Western families since the end of the Korean War. It is the story of a boy stranded between two cultures. Sepia-toned animated vignettes – some humorous and some poetic – track Jung from the day he first meets his new blond siblings, through elementary school, and into his teenage years, when his emerging sense of identity begins to create fissures at home and ignite the latent biases of his adoptive parents. The filmmaker tells his story using his own animation intercut with snippets of super-8 family footage and archival film. The result is an animated memoir like no other: clear-eyed and unflinching, humorous and wry, and above all, inspiring in the capacity of the human heart.
AKA SoCal is thrilled to be a Community Partner for this premiere screening in association with Rainbow World