Last Friday Mixers

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!

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LA Asian Pacific Film Festival Community Partnership

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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:
Make sure to include Discount Code: AKA15

Facebook Event Invite:
Any Questions please contact:
 Mali Sheridan or Maria Taesil Hudson Carpenter


Quarterly Meeting: October 25, 2014

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 SheridanDavid 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
(213) 622-1261

Please RSVP in advance via the Facebook Event link below:

For questions or concerns please contact us directly at

Giant Robot Presents: An Evening with Performance

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.

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Quarterly Meeting Follow-up & Upcoming Event Information

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

-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: or by phone at 626-566-7789

-With ASK (Adoptee Solidarity Korea 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 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:

-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:

-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