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Welcome to Korean American Perspectives, a podcast launched by the Council of Korean Americans. Visit www.councilka.org for more information.

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Welcome to Korean American Perspectives, a podcast launched by the Council of Korean Americans. Visit www.councilka.org for more information.

    Leveraging Your Talent for Entrepreneurial Pursuits and Philanthropy: Dow Kim

    Leveraging Your Talent for Entrepreneurial Pursuits and Philanthropy: Dow Kim

    In our fourth episode of season 3 of the Korean American Perspectives Podcast, we sit down with Dow Kim, a former leading Wall Street financier, philanthropist, and loving father.
     
    In this interview, we discuss how Dow leverages his talents and love for finance, his tenure at Merrill Lynch & Co, and his philanthropy work as the President of the Dow Kim Family Foundation.
     
    Join us as we explore the life of successful financier and philanthropist, Dow Kim. We dig deep into his life and ask key questions: What was the secret behind his meteoric career in finance? Why is he focusing his philanthropy to help the Korean American community? Why does he hope many more Korean Americans will give back to their community?

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Laying the Groundwork for the Next Generation: Tammy Kim

    Laying the Groundwork for the Next Generation: Tammy Kim

    Our third episode of season 3 of the Korean American Perspectives Podcast features Tammy Kim, Vice Mayor of the City of Irvine and Founder & Managing Director of the Korean American Center in California.
     
    In this interview, we explore Tammy’s successful career path as a former Fortune 500 company executive, nonprofit leader, and now Vice Mayor. Despite her career success and achievements, Tammy shares with us the challenges and adversity she faces all the way from early in her life as a college student to now as an elected official.
     
    As we listen to Tammy’s family immigration journey to Flint, Michigan, her career in talent acquisition and nonprofit, and now her political career as Vice Mayor, Tammy reminds us that it is our own duty to lay the groundwork to combat racial adversity.

    • 59 min
    Deep Diving into "My Year Abroad" and the Asian American Experience: Chang-Rae Lee

    Deep Diving into "My Year Abroad" and the Asian American Experience: Chang-Rae Lee

    Our second episode of season 3 of the Korean American Perspectives Podcast features Chang-Rae Lee, a celebrated Korean American novelist. To speak with him, we have guest host, Stephanie Han, Ph.D. who is an award-winning author, educator, and speaker.
     
    In this episode, Chang-Rae Lee and Dr. Stephanie Han take a deep dive into his latest novel, My Year Abroad. They explore the novel’s themes, its colorful characters, and adventures, as well as how food plays a role in Chang-Rae’s writing. They also connect the novel with the Asian American experience and discuss how identity formation is very particular to each person as well as the myriad of complexities and questions it presents.
     
    Chang-Rae Lee reminds us that it’s important to take risks, journey throughout the world, and ask questions especially when discovering oneself. 
     
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    • 46 min
    Empowering Others Through Compassion, Relationships, and Racial Reconciliation: Steve Park

    Empowering Others Through Compassion, Relationships, and Racial Reconciliation: Steve Park

    Our first episode of Season Three of CKA's Korean American Perspectives podcast series features Steve Park, the Founder and Executive Director of Little Lights Urban Ministries here in Washington, D.C.
     
    Since its founding in 1995, Steve Park dedicates his time and energy to serving those especially in need within the African American community. However, it was not always a walk in the park for Steve. In this interview, Steve paints a picture of his upbringing as a Korean immigrant, his transformation from being a devout atheist, the founding of Little Lights, and the work he currently does today during the global pandemic.
     
    As we delve into his work in racial reconciliation and his Race Literacy 101 class, Steve reminds us how Korean Americans can do better and play a significant role in the national conversations around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity (DEI).
     
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    • 55 min
    Welcome to Season Three: Abraham Kim

    Welcome to Season Three: Abraham Kim

    We’re glad to be back with Season Three of our podcast, Korean American Perspectives.
     
    This season, we’re introducing three new initiatives. First, we will be bringing in Korean American leaders within the Arts, Culture, Entertainment, and Sports (ACES) space. Second, we will introduce discussions around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity (DEI) by bringing in subject matter experts and other Korean American leaders dedicated to this work.
     
    Lastly, we are introducing a new video format so that you can both listen and see who are our guests. This means that our the Korean American Perspectives Podcast will be available on all podcast platforms as well as the CKA YouTube channel. 
     
    We are kicking off the season with Steve Park who is the Founder and Executive Director of Little Lights Urban Ministries as well as last year’s recipient of the CKA Embrace Unity Award.
     
    With social distancing still in effect, this will be a great time for you to not only listen to our revamped podcast but also send us feedback or interviewee suggestions at podcast@councilka.org.
     
    As always, we’re sending all of our love to you and your family and we wish you safety, health, and also a bit of sanity.
     
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    • 3 min
    We Write the Stories of Our Community: Dr. Stephanie Han

    We Write the Stories of Our Community: Dr. Stephanie Han

    Our eleventh and final episode of Korean American Perspectives features Dr. Stephanie Han, award-winning author of Swimming in Hong Kong.
    Many of us grew up reading books and novels, often very strongly identifying with the characters or stories we grew up with. But it’s difficult when we don’t see ourselves represented in books or literature, and for many Asian American writers and authors, it’s intimidating to be the first. Stephanie tells us that we must be brave and make that leap, both for ourselves and for others in our communities.
    Stephanie Han is a 3rd-generation Korean American award-winning writer. She shares great insights into how we can teach ourselves and our children to enjoy reading books, practice how we write and develop our inner voices, and explore what it truly means to be Korean American. Stephanie’s story is inspiring to future writers, parents of young readers, literary enthusiasts, and anyone who is curious about how our identities are shaped.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

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13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Curious Mini ,

Thank you for these critical stories!

Such key times to hear stories of Korean Americans now more then ever. Thank you for the thoughtful share and reminders that we could do all. Look forward to hearing more!

angelface1007 ,

Great stories to enlighten and entertain you !

I love hearing from folks that have had similar backgrounds or commonalities to me from all walks of life. It’s just great to hear about other Korean Americans and how they’ve grown up and what they’ve done with their lives. Storytelling is such an important and impactful way of connecting with one another. I’d like to hear more about specific topics too. Keep it going please!

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