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Do is a civil rights attorney at Schonbrun, DeSimone, Seplow, Harris & Hoffman, specializing in employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, police/prison abuse, and international human rights.
Do was a member of the Black-Korean Alliance, a coalition of African American and Korean American community leaders dedicated to resolving conflicts between Korean merchants and African American customers. In the wake of sa-i-gu, he also worked with the Korean American Inter-Agency Council to provide riot relief efforts to Korean American victims. From 1993-1999, Do founded and directed the Korean American Youth Leadership Program, nurturing leadership among high school and college students. Seeing the need to build coalitions with other communities, Do also founded the Multiethnic Youth Leadership Collaborative, which works with youth in Pico-Union, South Los Angeles, and Koreatown. He is also a board member of the Los Angeles Korean Festival Foundation and an advisory board member of Encompass, a nonprofit dedicated to sparking compassion and an appreciation of differences among California teenagers.
Do graduated from Harvard University with a joint degree in Afro-American Studies and Sociology in 1993 and went on to receive his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law in 2002. He immigrated to Los Angeles at the age of three and has been a life-long resident of Koreatown.
Janet’s first step towards working in the Korean American community was in 1997 when she was a college intern in the Korean American Youth Leadership Program. As an undergraduate student in New York, she majored in African-American Studies, creating her own concentration of Asian-Black relations, and she was actively involved in laying the groundwork for an Ethnic Studies program. She also played Division I basketball. After college, she coordinated the Temple Gateway Youth Sports Program and coached basketball for Search to Involve Pilipino Americans. She returned as a trainer the following year and also became a facilitator for the Multiethnic Youth Leadership Collaborative.
Janet returned to Los Angeles for law school and served as president of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. After graduating, she worked as a criminal defense attorney at The Legal Aid Society in New York for 4 years before moving back to Los Angeles 2 years ago. She now works at the Alternate Public Defender’s Office of Los Angeles.
Christine Najung Lee was born and raised in Garden Grove, Calif. She graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in English and Asian American Studies, during which she served as editor in chief of UCLA's Asian Pacific American student newsmagazine, Pacific Ties. One of her feature article, "Coming Clean," about the plight of Korean American dry cleaners in the face of government ban on a dry cleaning chemical, was later published in KoreAm Journal and subsequently won the New American Media award for Best Youth Voice in 2004. Christine then returned to pursue a joint masters degree in Asian American Studies and Social Welfare, where she conducted research on multiracial relations in Los Angeles, specifically during the 1992 Civil Unrest.
Currently Christine is the program coordinator for training and resources at the Asian & Pacific Islander Older Adults Task Force, and oversees the coordination and delivery of training and workshops for APIOATF's M.E.N.T.O.R.S. program as well as resources for technical assistance. Her previous professional experiences include AFSCME District Council 36 as an organizing intern, lead trainer for the K.W. Lee Center for Leadership's Korean American Youth Leaders in Training program, the UCLA Asian American Studies Center's Student and Community Project, a social work intern at the Little Tokyo Service Center, and the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium.
A CAUTIONARY TALE: DEEDS, NOT DEGREES, THAT MATTER
By K. W. Lee
A TRIBE, A PEOPLE OR A NATION is likely known or judged by its heroes by whom it reveres above all others.
Such is Abraham Lincoln, an icon of all humanity beyond borders.
So are Korean diaspora pioneers Dosan Ahn Chang Ho (Island Mountain) and Charles Ho (Nobody) Kim who are now among the pantheons of not only Korean but American heroes.
These towering figures from our American heritage share one common trait: They couldn’t afford attending a day in college.