21st APEX Awards Gala: “Icons of Inspiration”

The 21st APEX Awards Gala will take place on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Line Hotel in Koreatown, Los Angeles. Titled “Icons of Inspiration,” APEX will announce their rebranding after 20 years to better reflect the millennial audience.

APEX also will unveil their Martell Icons Mentoring program that pairs young contestants with a celebrity leader in business and entertainment to compete for a trip to Cognac, France.

DanAKADan will be the feature performer, and other celebrity guests include actor Chris Tashima and Stephen Liu. Comedian Jenny Yang and musician Eric Hsu are set to emcee.

The COLD TOFU Improv sketch group will be honored for their excellence in community service. Stephanie Huynh, the Director of Orange County Programs at APEX and Project Manager at Glitterings Inc. will be receiving the APEX President’s Award.

You can find more information on admission and registration at this link.

Saturday, Sept. 27
The Line Hotel, Los Angeles
6 – 10 p.m.

12th Annual KAC National Convention & GenKAC Gala

From the Korean American Coalition (KAC) National Convention website:

How well do you know your Korean American Community & Network?
The Korean American Coalition of Chicago (KAC-Chicago) is excited to announce and invite you to the 12th Annual KAC National Convention: “Korean American 360: Building our Future” hosted in Chicago, Illinois. KAC’s National Convention is one of the first national conventions held and hosted by Korean Americans which is now in its 12th year. Join us with special guests from across KAC’s national chapters from Los Angeles to Seattle, government agencies, and community representatives from 20+ Korean American organizations in both our local and national networks.

The Convention will provide a chance for Korean Americans of all generations and backgrounds to collaboratively discuss the latest issues affecting our community, as well as, highlight the legacy left by our ancestors. The Convention will kick-off with a Friday VIP Reception for KA Leaders, Speakers, and Special Guests. Then the Saturday Day Convention will feature panelists discussing: (1) THE 152 KA IDENTITY: The Interplay and Dynamics of the 1.52 Korean-American Identity, (2) ENGAGING: The Meaning of Civic Engagement with 2014 Hot Topics (North Korea crisis, Comfort Women, and more), (3) SERVING: Taking Care of Our Aging Senior Citizen Population in Asian Culture, (4) LEADING: Value of Mentoring with 2015 Mentorhip Opportunties & Sharing of Real Life Stories, (5) COALITION BUILDING: Ways to Improve Community Outreach (perspectives from KA groups, the CIA, etc.), and a special presentation by our State Farm Main Sponsor on (6) A Slice of L.I.F.E. for Lessons in Financial Education.

In this way, the Convention will provide a unique platform where the dynamics of both the pioneering & future generations will be examined through the perspectives of 152 Asian American leaders in a collaborative effort to build a strong network of informed and fully engaged Korean-American citizens.

On Saturday evening, we will celebrate with our annual GenKAC Gala & Dinner where we will create a lively environment conducive to networking and learning about our Chicago organizations and businesses with our Special Guests, entertainment, and exhibit booths. The event will provide an opportunity to engage all five senses while learning about the Coalition, our partner organizations, and Chicago’s vibrant Korean American community at the South Shore Cultural Center, listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, and named one of Chicago’s landmark buildings.
View the NAT CON 2014 WEBSITE for the complete list of sponsors, and more updates!
Due to popularity, the panels will be on a 1st come, 1st serve basis until each reaches capacity – so make sure you RSVP Early to guarantee your spots!



- Friday, September 26 (VIP Reception)
- Saturday, September 27 (Day Convention & GenKAC Gala)
- Sunday, September 28 (Wrap-Up)

American College of Surgeons Building, 28th Floor
633 N. Saint Clair Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Dress: Business Casual attire

South Shore Cultural Center
7059 S. South Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60649
Dress: Cocktail attire

- Driving: Street Parking near Day Convention, Free Parking lot for GenKAC
- Subway: Walking distance from Red Line stop

The Korean American Coalition of Chicago (KAC-Chicago) is part of the national 501(c)(3) non-profit, the Korean American Coalition, based in Los Angeles. For more about KAC-Chicago, visit us at

College Fair

9th Annual Korea Daily College Fair

The 9th annual L.A. College Fair will be held on Sept. 20 at Choong Hyun Mission Church in Los Angeles(address below).

Apart from the seminars and workshops, attendees will also be able to listen meet successful graduates, includingArden ChoSteve JungSally NaTae Eun Kim, andJanet Kwon. Anyone who needs more direct help will be able to hold one-on-one counseling sessions with admissions consultants.

Students thinking about a particular school can also meet representatives from over 50 colleges and universities. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity and find out as much as you can. If you don’t come home with a backpack full of brochures and pamphlets, you haven’t done enough.

You can find out more about the Korea Daily College Fair on their website. They’ve also listed a few tips for students and parents to look over before hitting the fair.

Click here for tickets for the Los Angeles fair (same-day registration is at 9:30 a.m. at the fair).

For those outside of Los Angeles, you can check out fairs in Atlanta on Sept. 13 and New York on Sept. 27.

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LA Korean Cultural Festival’s 4th Kpop Singing & Dancing Battle

Have you dreamed of taking the stage like your favorite K-pop singers? The Korea Daily (Joongang Ilbo) and the LA Korean Festival Foundation (LAKFF) may have just what you’re looking for to make your daydreams a bit more concrete.

The 4th K-pop Singing & Dancing Battle is back, and it kicks off with a preliminary round on Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Finalists will then compete at the 41st Korean Cultural Festival on Friday, Sept. 19 at Seoul International Park in Koreatown.

The first-place winner will receive $500 and a free smartphone. Two second place winners will receive $200 each, and two popularity prizes in the form of $100 will be awarded to another two teams.

To enter, contestants and the majority of group members should be: non-Korean or Korean with mixed racial background whose native language is not Korean, or a 2nd/3rd generation Korean American born and raised in the U.S., whose native language is not Korean. All persons under the age of 18 must have written permission from a parent or legal guardian.

You can register at this link until 5 p.m. on Aug. 29 for free! For more information, you can visit, email or call (213) 368-2675/2543. You can also RSVP at the event’s Facebook page.

Preliminary Round
Saturday, Sept. 6
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Korean Cultural Center
5505 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Final Round
Friday, September 19
Seoul International Park in LA Koreatown (Friday night of the Korean Cultural Festival)

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Block Party

KTOWN Night Market x OC Block Party

It’s back! The first KTOWN Night Market in Los Angeles was a blast, so the obvious decision is to have another one.

This time, the festival makes its way over to Orange County at Angel Stadium of Anaheim! The OC Block Party is pretty much set to be a fantastic and food-filled time. Click here to find out how to secure a free ticket (while supplies last). You can also visit the official KTOWN Night Market website and check out their Facebook event page for more information.

Friday, Aug. 22
4 p.m. to Midnight

Saturday, Aug. 23
2 p.m. to Midnight

Angel Stadium of Anaheim
2000 E Gene Autry Way Anaheim, CA 92806


Chicago Main Event Concert

K-Fest Main Event Concert, the musical highlight of the evening, will feature 2 Fast 2 Furious actor and rapper MC JIN, Rob Campman (aka Southstar), Korean Canadian J-Reyez, Minnesota’s Lil Crazed and Chicago’s very own Jargon. The concert is set to take place in the Northside Prep High School Auditorium on August 10 at 6:00 p.m. and tickets will be priced at $20-$45.

The Main Event will also be dedicated to bringing more awareness to the suffering that the people of Gaza are currently experiencing due to the ongoing Gaza-Israel conflict. A cut of the proceeds will be donated to the relief effort in Gaza. Samuel Bain, an event co-founder, said, “Samuel Bain says, “We hope that through this small effort we can highlight the need to end the needless killing of non-combatant men, women and children.”

Click here for ticket information.

Click here to read more about the artists.


Sunday, August 10th


Northside College Prep High School
School 5501 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60625



KOCCA’s Korean Americans in Hollywood Mentor Seminar

This post is sponsored by the Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA).

On Aug. 22, the Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA) will be hosting the 2014 Korean Americans in Hollywood Mentor Seminar at The Korea Center in Los Angeles, starting at 1:30 p.m. The seminar will feature leading Korean Americans working in Hollywood as studio executives, producers, agents, and managers, who will discuss their understandings of Hollywood business structures and current trends.

Friday, Aug. 22, 1:30 p.m.

The Korea Center
5509 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

For more information on the event and how to register, click here.

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