Cheers to this year’s 40th Los Angeles Korean Festival!
Cheers to this year’s 40th Los Angeles Korean Festival!
Additional information about the festival can also be found HERE.
For those of you who were able to join us from Bakersfield, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Seoul–we want to thank you all for taking the time out of your busy schedules to participate in the AKA-SoCal Quarterly Meeting! We also would like to thank The Madsen Family for their warm hospitality and so graciously opening up their house for us to meet. The weekend was filled with so much reflection, joy, bonding, and strength. We are all feeling very empowered by the synergy of our community and hope you are too!
Building upon this exciting weekend and meeting, AKA-SoCal hopes to continue to better serve and support the needs within SoCal and focus on strengthening our organizational and community capacity. Therefore, by focusing on the creation of a strategic plan, it will provide an invaluable blueprint for growth/revitalization. It is very important for us to take the time to evaluate where the organization is, determine where it wants to go and chart a course to get there. As we continue to move forward and develop a stronger foundation and framework we hope that you can understand and respect the need and reasons for spending our time & energy surrounding this.
For those of you who are interested in upcoming events & news that are happening within the community we wanted to make sure to keep you posted and remind you about these community gems!
Thank you again for all of your continued support & energy!
Meeting Date: Saturday, August 17, 2013
Weekend Activities: Friday, August 16 – Sunday, August 18, 2013
Location: San Diego, CA
Come join us in sunny San Diego for an exciting weekend filled with surf, sun & social activities! In addition to the Quarterly Meeting please click HERE to view the schedule of events that will be taking place throughout the weekend.
A fellow San Diego KAD has warmly opened up her house for us to stay during the weekend (located within UTC/La Jolla area). If you would like additional accommodations please make your own arrangements or email us for assistance.
In order to facilitate logistics (accommodations, food, etc.), we ask that you kindly RSVP by Friday, August 9, 6:00 pm to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “Quarterly Meeting” in the subject line. Before the event you will receive an email providing the address and additional details.
Contact information and the addresses of the meeting points will be provided via e-mail to those who RSVP.
Thank you to everyone across the Southern California area who came out to the Summer Kickoff Event! The day was filled with a smorgasbord of food, arts & crafts, water balloons, a piñata, Get-to-know-you Bingo, prizes, and a special send-off to our Los Angeles Chapter lead Andrea Cavicchi who will be on a Fulbright in Korea for the upcoming year.
As we move forward into the Summer, we are thrilled to be working in Community Partnership with Connect-A-Kid and please make sure to support their upcoming August 24th launch of their San Diego, Orange County & Los Angeles Mentor Teams.
A big shout out to Kim Hanson & Jeff Shim for capturing photos. Click HERE for more photos from the event!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Robyn Shultz (Eng)
Brian Conyer (Eng)
Andrea Cavicchi (Korean)
AKA SoCal & Connect-A-Kid Summer Kickoff Event
FOUNTAIN VALLEY – On Saturday, June 29, 2013 the Association of Korean Adoptees of Southern California (AKA SoCal) and Connect-A-Kid will officially launch their Community Partnership at a Summer Kickoff Event. During the event, all participants will be provided with unique opportunities and activities to engage with other Korean American adoptees from throughout the Southern California region including Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. Activities will include a social barbecue, games, and a community art project.
AKA SoCal and Connect-A-Kid both serve the growing Southern California Korean adoptee community. Recognizing the need to provide emotional, social, and cultural support, the two organizations believe the partnership will best serve the local adoption community. The collaboration will connect the adult adoptee community with the younger generation of adoptees and will allow the organizations to better serve the unique needs of the community by providing adoption related support.
WHAT: AKA SoCal & Connect-A-Kid Summer Kickoff Event
WHEN: Saturday, June 29 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Mile Square Regional Park (Site 002)
16801 Euclid Street, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
WHO: Robyn Shultz, President, AKASoCal
Brian Conyer, Founder, Connect-A-Kid
About AKA SoCal: The Association of Korean Adoptees (AKA) is a Southern California-based organization whose umbrella covers Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, and Santa Barbara. Established in 1994, AKA is a non-profit, independent and secular group of adult, Korean-born adoptees and their associates. AKA is a 501(c)(3) California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation. http://aka-socal.org/
About CAK: Connect-A-Kid is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that provides post-adoption services to adopted children and their families in the form of a mentorship program. A team-based approach is utilized to help foster and encourage interaction between children and the mentors. www.connectakid.org
It’s time!!! Please come join us
Support the Geographies of Kinship Campaign!
Geographies of Kinship – The Korean Adoption Story is the latest film from award-winning filmmaker, Deann Borshay Liem (First Person Plural and In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee). The film follows Korean adoptees from the U.S. and Europe on their journeys to reconnect with their birth country and piece together their past. Deann is raising funds for the production phase of the project. Please click here to view the trailer and help get this film made!
A Note from Deann
While traveling around the world with my previous films, I’ve met hundreds of Korean adoptees from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Canada and heard countless stories from adoptees of all ages – sometimes heartbreaking, oftentimes funny and ironic, always inspiring.
Geographies of Kinship presents a small handful of the amazing stories I’ve heard from around the world. We meet, for example, Estelle Cooke-Sampson, a bi-racial adoptee who revisits the orphanage where she grew up until she was adopted by an African American soldier. Emma Anderson is a Swedish adoptee who visits Korea for the first time and unexpectedly reunites with her birth mother. Meanwhile, Michael Holloway meets his birth family via webcam on a live television show. He is shocked to discover he has an identical twin.
We have already started development of the project and shot some interviews. We’re now asking for contributions via Kickstarter so that we can continue our momentum and complete the shooting phase of the film. Your support will help get all the elements we need for the film so we can start editing and make what I know will be a fantastic film.
There are all sorts of exciting prizes in exchange for your support. Please check out the Kickstarter campaign and pass this link along to all your friends!
Deann Borshay Liem
IN TWO WEEKS! OPEN TO THE USC COMMUNITY & THE PUBLIC! Join us for two
* A FILM SCREENING of “The Woman, the Orphan, & the Tiger” (2010), an
experimental film by Jane Jin Kaisen and Guston Sondin-Kung. As a
project that challenges the dominant narrative of transnational
adoption as a “humanitarian” effort, “The Woman, the Orphan, & the
Tiger” incisively articulates the ways in which children’s and women’s
bodies have been violently mobilized for the “national security” and
economic growth of the U.S. and South Korea.
Date: March 21st, Wednesday Evening, from 7-9 PM (light food included)
Location: Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) in Downtown Los Angeles
1145 Wilshire Blvd # 200 Los Angeles, CA 90017. FREE PARKING ON ROOF
AFTER 6 PM. FOR DIRECTIONS/TO RSVP to email@example.com
* A CRITICAL DISCUSSION of “The Woman the Orphan, & the Tiger” (2010).
Our distinguished panelists will discuss the history and impact of
Korean transnational adoption– and the ways in which Korean adoptees
have critiqued and challenged the adoption industry through film, art,
and literary projects.
Jane Jin Kaisen & Guston Sondin-Kung, Visual Artists
Jodi Kim, Associate Professor, Dept. of Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside
Nicky Sa-Eun Schidkraut, Ph.D. in Literature & Creative Writing, USC.
(Organized by Crystal Baik, Ph.D. candidate in American Studies and
Date: March 22nd, Thursday, Noon-2 PM (light food included).
Location: Rosen Family Screening Theatre, USC Campus, Tudor Campus
Center 2nd Floor (TCC 227). FOR DIRECTIONS/TO RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Co-sponsored by USC Dept. of American Studies and Ethnicity (ASE),
Peers in American Studies & Ethnicity (PASEO), Kaya Press, USC Asian
American Studies, and USC Korean Studies Institute (KSI).