- Asian Americans Advancing Justice of Chicago (AAAJC)
- Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Chicago
- Hanul Family Alliance
- Global Pungmul Institute – SoriBeat
- Korean American Bar Association (KABA)
- Korean American Community Services – Young Leaders Board (KACS-YLB)
- Korean American Financial Professionals Association (KAFPA)
- Korean American Medical Students Association – Rush Medical College (KAMSA)
- Korean American Traders Association of Chicago – OKTA Midwest (OKTA Chicago)
- Korean American Women in Need (KAN-WIN)
- Korean American-VOICE (KA-VOICE)
- Korean Cultural Center of Chicago – Next Generation Board (KCCoC-NGB)
- Korean Women’s International Network (KOWIN)
- Kollaboration Chicago
- Sejong Cultural Society
You can view our KAC-National Chapter locations on our About Us page!
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Chicago (AAAJC)
The mission of Asian Americans Advancing Justice of Chicago (formerly known as Asian American Institute) is to empower the Asian American community through advocacy, by utilizing education, research, and coalition building. AAAJC was established in 1992 by a group of visionary Chicago community activists, academicians, and business leaders in response to the growing need to build a pan-Asian policy agenda among Chicago’s diverse Asian American communities. AAAJC projects a united voice on the most pressing issues of concern to Asian Americans in metropolitan Chicago. Its staff and board work closely with a broad network of established community leaders and emerging activists who have bridged ethnic and cultural differences to find solutions to shared concerns.
Specifically, AAAJC works to empower the Asian American community by:
(1) Increasing public understanding about Asian American communities;
(2) Advocating for policies that promote social, economic, educational and political equity of the community as a whole;
(3) Encouraging active civic participation through education and advocating for equal rights; &
(4) Working in partnership with and supporting like-minded organizations and individuals to build positive interracial and inter-ethnic relations.
AAAJC is a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, with affiliates in Los Angeles (Asian Pacific American Legal Center), San Francisco (Asian Law Caucus) and Washington, D.C. (Asian American Justice Center).
Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Chicago
The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Chicago serves general and consular affairs including visa applications as well as promoting relations with the Korean Government, agencies, and major business organizations.
Hanul Family Alliance
Hanul Family Alliance is a 25-year-old independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower individuals and families in need to enhance their quality of life by providing assistance in all areas. With a primary focus and specialization in serving the Korean American immigrations, HFA provides a comprehensive range of supportive social services for individuals and families of all ages and ethnic background in the following areas: Senior Welfare, Family Support, Legal and Immigration; Community Health, and Culture and Education.
Hanul Family Alliance was founded in 1987 as a Korean American Senior Center to meet the needs of primarily limited-English-speaking Korean elderly. Today, the agency annually serves over 7,000 individuals and families of all ages and ethnicities by providing a broad range of community services to meet the diverse needs of our community members. Our main office in Chicago, located in Albany Park, still serves as the comfort zone for our Korean seniors that reside in many different senior buildings in the north side of the city. Since the inception of our new mission and vision, it also serves as a resource center for a wide variety of ethnic populations in the neighborhood.
Our suburban satellite office in Mt. Prospect was established in 1999 to meet the needs of changing immigrant populations with rapid suburbanization. Today, our suburban office in Mt. Prospect conveniently serves our clientele spread throughout the north and northwest suburbs.
Global Pungul Institute (SoriBeat)
Global Pungmul Institute is a community-based cultural and educational organization dedicated to developing and promoting traditional Korean cultural and performing arts and to nurturing youth leadership through participation in these arts, especially in the Korean percussion art form known as pungmul. Through the development of traditional Korean cultural and performing arts, including cultural exchange and collaboration, education, and performance, the Institute aims to prepare youth for engaged global citizenship and to promote mutual understanding across cultural, ethnic, racial, and national boundaries.
The youth program that the Institute presents is called SoriBeat. The name is a play on the Korean words “sori” meaning “sound” and “beat” meaning “light.” Thus the Korean meaning of SoriBeat is “sound and light.” Through sound, SoriBeat and the Institute seek to illuminate the world we live in and shine a light to build a better one for us all.
Korean American Bar Association (KABA)
The Korean American Bar Association of Chicago (KABA) is a nonprofit professional organization of attorneys and law school students established in 1993. KABA provides a networking resource to its members and serves the community by hosting professional, educational, community and social events throughout the year. It also sponsors a free legal clinic in conjunction with the Korean American Community Services. KABA is committed to leadership, community and service.
Korean American Community Services – Young Leaders Board (KACS-YLB)
The purposes of the Young Leaders Board are to ensure that KACS’s mission and services remain relevant to the evolving needs of the Korean American community by facilitating communication and cooperation and more specifically:
1. To serve as ambassadors of KACS and the Korean American community;
2. To raise the profile of the Korean American community by identifying, raising the awareness of, and working to address issues and concerns that affect the Korean American community;
3. To foster the development of Korean American leaders;
4. To build coalitions with ethnic, community and other groups to further the purposes of KACS and the Young Leaders Board; and
5. To assist KACS as called upon by the General Board of Directors in effectuating of the Corporation’s purposes.
Korean-American Financial Professionals Association (KAFPA)
The KAFPA is an acronym for the Korean-American Financial Professionals Association, which was established in 1997 by a group of Koreans who were interested in the general areas of financial business. They were initially made up of Korean-Americans who resided in the Chicago area, working as futures and options brokers, stock brokers, bankers, CPAs, and some Korean government officials who studied futures and options in Chicago. Now, KAFPA membership includes CPAs, bankers, financial planners, professors, exporters and importers, Korean government officials, trade group representatives, branch managers of Korean Chaebols, and private individuals who have general interest in business.
Korean American Medical Students Association – Rush Medical College (KAMSA)
The Korean American Medical Student Association is comprised of medical students across the US. As medical students, our goal is to utilize the knowledge and skill-set that we have gained for the betterment of Korean-American health. We want to emphasize student community involvement, whether it is through outreach or community based research. We make efforts to volunteer at health events that are geared towards Korean-Americans. For instance, this past year KAMSA students volunteered at events such as the Holy Name Hospital Korean-American health fair and Breast Cancer Walk-A-Thon and Health, and American Diabetes Association EXPO in NYC. Many students have been involved in community research projects in coordination with our father organization, KAMA. We look forward to becoming more involved with the Korean-American community in Chicago.
- Unite the physicians of Korean heritage to further global interaction
- Facilitate Korean American physicians to excel in all aspects of their medical career
- Foster educational and medical outreach and mentorship
- Share medical knowledge and skills for bettering the world community
Korean American Traders Association of Chicago – OKTA Midwest (OKTA Chicago)
The Chicago OKTA Trade School was started to inform and raise awareness for the next generation of Korean Americans in the Midwest on the importance of our identity and the Korean economic structure/status among the global trade marketplace. The three-day Trade School is held in Chicago every year, as well as 27 cities around the world. 1 to 2 TOP Graduate(s) from the Class of 2014 will get a chance to attend the Overseas Korean Traders Workshop in Korea with all expenses paid. In addition, all graduates of the program will be granted membership and have access to international networking opportunities and potential associate level jobs and internships. The Trade School will have various instructors who are currently leaders in their respective industries. Students will learn the fundamentals of international business and trade. The goal of the program is to celebrate Korean American Identity and be a future bridge in the mutually beneficial commerce relations between Korea and the United States.
Korean American Women in Need (KAN-WIN)
Founded in 1990, KAN-WIN is a non-profit organization based in Chicago serving Asian immigrant victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. We provide culturally specific and linguistically appropriate services for victims, including 24-hour hotline, medical & legal advocacy, individual & group counseling, economic empowerment services, transitional housing services, and much more. We also engage in community outreach and education to raise awareness about gender-based violence in the Asian immigrant community. Please review our website for further details about the organization: www.kanwin.org or email email@example.com.
Korean American-VOICE (KA-VOICE)
Korean American Voter Organizing Initiative & Community Empowerment is about empowerment through being heard. Spread the word to all Korean Americans to register and vote!!! It is time to be heard through our powerful VOICEs. As one of the highest per capita income group, we have spent too much money and asked for too little. There are almost 67,000 Korean Americans residing in Illinois and a fraction of which register to vote. The KA VOICE needs to be heard now! The purpose of KA VOICE is to increase the political representation of Korean Americans by organizing voter registration, voter education, and voter turnout campaigns.
- Voter Registration Campaign
- Voter Education (How to vote/Know your representatives/Understand Legislature)
- GOTV campaign
- Candidate School
- Internship Opportunities for Second Generation Korean Americans
- Candidates’ Forum
Korean Cultural Center of Chicago – Next Generation Board (KCCoC-NGB)
The Next Generation Board will work towards collaborating with other organizations in the Chicagoland area to further educate and promote Korean culture and their community through social, charitable, or educational events.
Korean Women’s International Network (KOWIN)
The Korean Women’s International Network (“KOWIN”) is a network of professional women of Korean descent around the world with the purpose of networking and facilitating discussion of issues concerning Korean women. The formation of the KOWIN network was encouraged and facilitated by the Ministry of Gender Equality & Family of the Republic of Korea. The Chicago Chapter is part of the KOWIN U.S. Central Eastern Region consisting of New York, Washington DC, Dallas, Atlanta and Chicago. KOWIN Chicago Chapter’s mission is to “Network, Mentor and Empower.” Our matra is to “Think Globally and to Act Locally”. We wish to be each other’s advocates and support network so that each member can achieve her goals as a Korean American professional. We are especially mindful of our civic obligations to the community, and we seek to share our experiences with and to nurture the next generation of Korean American women professionals & girls to accomplish all that they can.
KOWIN Chicago Chapter in furtherance of its mission holds an annual Mentoring Luncheon in June and various Forums and Seminars which are of interest to women and girls of Korean descent. We have also embarked on the Korean American Women’s History Project (“KAWSP”) to document the lives of Korean American women in Illinois by conducting an oral history project by producing DVD, “Trailblazers Women Ahead of Their Time” (2010) and publishing a book and creation of KOWIN Scholarship (2013).
Kollaboration is an annual talent show and movement that is dedicated to elevating the Asian American presence in entertainment & performing arts. Kollaboration has now grown to 14 cities in its 13th year of existence and is broadcasted on MNET America. Kollaboration endeavors to bring about a paradigm shift of perceptions, breaking down stereotypes and to pave the way for future APIs to accomplish their goals and dreams by giving back to the community.
Sejong Cultural Society
The Sejong Cultural Society was founded in Chicago in 2004 to promote awareness and understanding of Korean cultural heritage in America. We hope to accomplish this by reaching out to the younger generations through contemporary creative and fine arts. We are hoping that our programs will serve as a window to Korean culture.
Here is a brief summary of the Sejong Cultural Society’s annual programming:
1) Our writing competition has become a national contest, receiving over 1,800 entries from 40 states in 2012. We offer both an essay section as well as a sijo section (Korean poetry). The sijo competition is run in collaboration with Harvard University’s Korea Institute. The 2013 writing competition will expand to include a young adult division (age 25 and younger).
2) We also sponsor workshops for teachers on sijo in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Chicago. Our vision is to integrate sijo into the national English curriculum in a role analogous to that of haiku and sonnets. With this in mind, we have created teaching materials for the use of interested instructors.
3) We organize one of the top regional classical music competitions for children up to the high school level. This competition is unique in that the required piece contains Korean melodies and rhythms. We have had the 9th competition in December 2012.
4) We have just concluded our 3rd International Music Composition Competition in the summer of 2012 with Pulitzer prize winning University of Chicago professor, Shulamit Ran as a committee chair. This program encourages top-quality composers to write original classical music incorporating elements of traditional Korean melody and rhythms.
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