Watch PBS ‘Asian American’ series, highlighting Asian American heritage

In the midst of increased discrimination in America against Asians and in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a documentary titled “Asian Americans” produced by PBS and WETA was aired on PBS from May 11 to May 13. This five-part documentary series walks through Asian American history from the first Asian immigrants in the 1850s through the present and how this group has shaped America. The series features first-account Asian American stories of racism, immigration, war and overcoming challenges as refugees and highlights the achievements of remarkable Asian Americans who have contributed to sectors of society including art, business and technology. 

The production was led by a team of Asian American filmmakers, including Korean-American documentary filmmaker, Grace Lee who produced and directed two of the hours (episode 2 and 4). “I’m very proud of the work that we all did.and hope that the audiences who watch these episodes learn and deepen understanding about the remarkable impact of Asian Americans in America,” said Grace.

Watch the trailer for ‘Asian Americans’ at https://youtu.be/hi41R1OQrn0Now the episodes of Asian Americans are available to stream via PBS’s website. Also, check out this NYT article featuring Daniel Dae Kim, who narrates a couple of the episodes. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/10/arts/television/daniel-dae-kim-asian-americans.html

Korean-American Mosaic: Portraits of Vibrant Community

In 2003, Korean immigration to the United States passed its centennial milestone, a century which saw these immigrants make vital contributions to both the United States and Korea. While working as sugar plantation workers and fieldhands, Korean-Americans were a critical part of the Korean independence movement. Later waves of immigrants, established and ran small businesses, and raised second generation professionals in keeping with the American dream. This dream survived the Los Angeles Riots of 1992, which ravaged Korean-American businesses and the community’s psyche, but grew into a stronger and more expansive vision. Through interviews with notable inviduals active across a wide spectrum, the vide links the past, present, and future of the Korean-American community.

Equipping Korean American Leaders to Speak Out and be Heard through Media Training Workshop

With over a hundred years of immigration history since 1903, Korean Americans have contributed immensely to the advancement of the United States in every aspect of society, including science and medicine, arts and culture, food, technology, entertainment, sports, politics, and many more; yet, our voices are often not heard in the mainstream media.  Korean Americans can clearly see this from what Korean American community has faced and experienced in the past. These include the painful tragedies of the Los Angeles Riots in 1992, the ongoing controversies surrounding the Comfort Women issues, and the unfair gerrymandering of Koreatown boundaries during the Los Angeles City redistricting in 2012, just to name a few.  

In order to strengthen Korean American community locally, nationally or internationally (US-Korea relations) and to bring about positive image of Korea and Korean-American community and to raise Korean American voices, there is an urgent need to adequately equip Korean American leaders to speak effectively and confidently in delivering our messages and telling own stories to the mainstream media.

Therefore, NetKAL and Global Korean Leaders Foundation USA hosted a one-day media training session on January 31, 2020 and invited community leaders to learn from the media/public relation experts from Imprenta Communications about do’s and don’ts of media relations. Participants learned how to work with the media as well as how to amplify their voice and story in press events, print and social media. They also learned how to become camera-ready and were put into small group sessions to practice answering interview questions. By the end of the training, all participants left with video clips showcasing their expertise.