Do Kim, Christine N. Lee Receive Awards from SAN
October 23, 2010 - Congratulations to Do Kim (President, K.W. Lee Center for Leadership) and Christine N. Lee (Board Member, K.W. Lee Center for Leadership) for their awards from the South Asian Network (SAN) for their work in the community!
Do Kim and Christine N. Lee were presented their awards at SAN's 20th Annual Fundraiser Dinner at USC on October 23, 2010.
For SAN, it has been 20 years of fighting for dignity, respect and human rights.
South Asian Network was founded in 1990 to provide an open forum for people of South Asian origin to gather and discuss social, economic, and political issues affecting the community, with the goal of raising awareness, engagement and advocacy among community members leading to an empowered and active community.
SAN seeks to embrace the diversity of the South Asian community as strength. SAN works to build unity among South Asian immigrants in Southern California that does not exist in South Asia itself, and to build alliance among the South Asian community, other immigrant communities, and communities of color in order to advance a shared progressive agenda for Southern California.
The board, staff and volunteers are the most diverse and representative of any South Asian organization. Comprised of a majority of women, the team includes persons of Bangladeshi, Indian, Nepalese, Pakistani and Sri Lankan origin from Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Christian, Muslim and Sikh traditions; first generation immigrants and first generation U.S. born; speakers of Bengali, Fiji Hindi, Gujarati, Hindi, Nepali, Punjabi, Singhalese, Tamil and Urdu; and queer and straight members. Our internal diversity enables us reach our diverse communities.
As the South Asian community continues to grow, SAN is committed to challenging systems of oppression and inequality, building solidarities with other communities, and achieving economic, political, and human rights of all communities.
President, K.W. Lee Center for Leadership
Do is a civil rights attorney at the Law Offices of Do Kim, specializing in employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, police/prison abuse, and international human rights.
Before he began his own law firm, Do worked as a civil rights attornety at Schonbrun, DeSimone, Seplow, Harris & Hoffman.
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.
Board Member, K.W. Lee Center for Leadership
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.
~"~Thank you, Julie Roh, for sharing the Korea Times link with the K.W. Lee Center.
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.