Welcome to Korean American Perspectives, a podcast launched by the Council of Korean Americans. Visit www.councilka.org for more information.
Everything That Rises Must Converge: Jennifer Koh
Our seventh and final episode of season 3 of the Korean American Perspectives podcast features Jennifer Koh, Internationally-Acclaimed Violinist and Founder & Artistic Director of ARCO Collaborative. To speak with her, we have world-class concert pianist and music educator Alpin Hong as our guest host.
In this interview, Ms. Koh shares with us her many musical accomplishments as a gifted violinist and how her own family history and Chicago upbringing have shaped her tireless efforts to promote diversity and inclusivity in the arts.
Join us as our distinguished guests candidly discuss the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the performing arts community and explore Ms. Koh’s newly commissioned works which bring together women and other artists of color to tell their stories.
Leading with Authenticity and Core Values: Marshall Cho
In our sixth episode of season 3 of the Korean American Perspectives Podcast features Marshall Cho, Head Boys Basketball Coach at Lake Oswego High School.
In this interview, Marshall recounts how an early career in teaching coupled with a childhood love of sports first introduced him to the world of coaching. Later, he describes his endeavors in Mozambique where he participated in high-profile international basketball programs with the NBA and Nike before returning to the States to coach players at the high school, college, and national level.
Join us as Marshall shares with us his coaching philosophy on leading with authenticity and focusing on core values which extend not only to his career but also to his life and family.
Pushing the Envelope by Following Your Bliss: Debbie Shon
In our fifth episode of season 3 of the Korean American Perspectives Podcast, we speak with Debbie Shon, Chief Strategy Officer of USA Gymnastics, legal and political advisor, NBA registered agent, and Vice Chair of the Smithsonian National Asian Pacific American Center.
Debbie Shon is a third-generation Korean American and a woman of many firsts. In this interview, she shares with us her fond memories of growing up on USC’s campus, the towering influence of her mother, and the detours in her career that turned into surprising opportunities in law, politics, sports, and advocacy.
As we track through Debbie’s multifaceted career, she encourages young people to follow their bliss and calls upon the Korean American community to push the envelope. Much of this ethos is also reflected in her work with the Smithsonian where she believes that Asian Americans need to have their voices heard for the sake of their past, present, and future.
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?
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.
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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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!
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!