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UCLA Needs More Asian Americans for an Alcohol Study

Here’s your chance to drink for science again.

The Addictions Research Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at UCLA is looking for Asian Americans who drink alcohol to participate in a study investigating a medication for alcohol use.

Participants must be between 21 and 55 years old. If selected for the study, participants will be asked to provide a DNA sample, take a study medication for 10 days, answer questionnaires and complete two fMRI scans and two alcohol administration sessions.

The study will require multiple visits to the UCLA campus. For their time, participants will be compensated up to $446.

You can find more information and check if you are medically eligible for the study by taking their survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AsianAmericanAlcoholStudy

For specific questions, you can call (310) 206-6756 and mention the Asian American Alcohol Study, or email the lab at raylab@psych.ucla.edu.


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Dog Cafe

L.A.’s First Dog Cafe Seeks to Revolutionize Dog Adoption

by JAMES S. KIM | @james_s_kim

Cat cafes are all the rage in Asia and Europe, and their popularity seems to be increasing even more afer the first American cat cafe opened in Oakland, California last November. But what about dog cafes?

Sarah Wolfgang recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the Dog Cafe, the first of its kind in the U.S. The cafe will give patrons the opportunity to enjoy a cup of joe with a pooch at their side, but its larger goal is to address the overcrowding of L.A.’s animal shelters.

“The Dog Cafe is going to put a spin on the way people adopt by totally reinventing the way we connect with homeless dogs,” Wolfgang writes on her Indiegogo page. “We want to provide you with the opportunity to see these highly adoptable pooches in their true light. And even if you’re not looking to adopt, you can still enjoy all of the sloppy kisses you’ve ever wanted.”

Wolfgang assures future patrons that the cafe is, in fact, legal. Kind of. According to the city health department, the Dog Cafe will need two separate locations–a cafe and a dog zone–that are not connected in any way. A good amount of the $200,000 goal will go towards finding a large location where dogs can run and frolick, as well as hiring a staff to take care of the dogs. Meanwhile, the coffee will be fittingly provided by Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co.

Perks include pre-paid entries to visit the cafe and chill with the dogs while enjoying free drinks, as well as a pre-sale voucher to a “Pup-Up” event in Downtown Los Angeles from Jan. 22-25. Bigger perks include a private puppy party, assistance in adopting a dog and getting your own plaque on a table in the cafe.

The Dog Cafe’s Indiegogo campaign will run until Feb. 5.


Serial Robber Targeting Korean Women in L.A.

by STEVE HAN | @steve_han

Police are seeking a man suspected of assaulting and robbing four Korean women in Los Angeles between November and December of last year, according to authorities.

The robberies took place between 10:50 p.m. and 4:30 a.m in different apartment buildings in Koreatown and the East Hollywood area. The robber, who appears to be a Latino man around 20 to 30 in age and 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 in height, followed each of the female victims into an apartment elevator and viciously assaulted them before stealing their purses.

Police said that the suspect sexually battered and punched one victim several times. In a separate instance, he slammed the victim’s head on the ground, kicked her and attacked her with a “sharp object” to the neck.

In addition, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) released a surveillance footage from one of the robberies.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call LAPD’s Olympic Division robbery detectives at (213) 382-9460.


Featured image courtesy of the LAPD

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KCCLA’s Sponsored Post: Special Film Screening: “Haemoo” (2014)

Special Film Screening: “Haemoo” (2014)
Thursday, December 18th @ 7 PM
3rd Floor Ari Hall Theatre KCCLA

Bong Joon-ho produced and co-wrote first-time director Shim Sung-bo’s thriller about a fishing-boat crew’s descent into red mist after a botched human-trafficking operation. The debut screening of “Hae Moo” (“sea fog” in Korean language) was at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival and it’s South Korea’s entry for “Best Foreign Language Film” at 87th Academy Awards. The film is based on the true story of 25 Korean-Chinese illegal immigrants who suffocated to death in the storage tank of a fishing vessel in 2001.

Synopsis: The 69-ton fishing vessel Jeonjinho fails to catch as much fish as its crew had hoped. To make more money, the crew decides to smuggle thirty illegal immigrants from China into Korea. But things don’t go according to plan when the vessel encounters heavy fog, rain and waves on its return journey, while also being chased by a ship from the South Korean Maritime Police. On orders from the captain, several crew members hide the illegal immigrants inside the fishing tank, where they are in danger of suffocating to death. Amid the chaos, the youngest crew member Dong-sik tries to protect a young female migrant whom he’d fallen in love with during the ordeal.

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*Screening is free and English subtitles are provided
RSVP: jin@kccla.org
Online reservation: www.kccla.org
Address: Ari Hall 5505 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90036

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ARI PROJECT 2014: Performing Arts
“Sounds of Korea 2014″
Promoted by Korean Classical Music Institute of America

Friday, December 5, 2014 at 7:30pm

-Place: Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles 3rd Fl. Ari Hall
-Online Reservation: www.kccla.org
-For more Info: tammy@kccla.org

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KCCLA Sounds of Korea 2013

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The King Sejong Institute: Korean Language Program

– Winter : 01.06.2015 – 03.24.2015 (12 Weeks)

680 Wilshire Place., Los Angeles, CA 90005 (Cross Streets: Wilshire Pl. & Sunset Pl.)
5505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Cross Streets: Dunsmuir & Wilshire Blvd.)
Classes are designed for those who wish to learn about Korean language and culture. Students must be at least 18 years of age on the first day of each session.

Please read new information about the KLP Program.

PLACEMENT TEST : If you are unsure of your level, please see our class syllabi.

  • On the first day of class, each semester, we offer a placement test for students who may not be sure of their level and would like to be ‘placed’ in a class.
  • Those who want to take Introductory Korean, Basic A & B don’t need to take the placement test (First-time students with no previous Korean language experience should automatically be placed in our Introductory Korean class.)
  • If you want to take this test, please do so at KCC from 5:50 pm – 6:50 pm. No tests will be given after that time, as they need to be graded before 7:00 pm.
  • If you are not pre-paid, please come to KCC from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm to submit your payment. We will not issue any textbooks/materials to unpaid students.
  • First day of class will start promptly at 7:00 pm. There will be NO ORIENTATION like in the past.


  • $80 non-refundable registration fee for EACH TWELVE-WEEK SEMESTER (textbook NOT included, parking included)
  • Please have your fee paid by the first day of class. (Mail your check/cashier’s check/money order (Payable to K. L. P.) to our office or simply bring in your check or cash payment to our office. For your protection, please do not send cash.)
  • Be sure to write “Attn: K.L.P. or KOREAN LANGUAGE PROGRAM” on the envelope.
  • To pay by mail, please send your check or money order to the KCCLA (DO NOT SEND YOUR FEE TO THE KOREAN EDUCATION CENTER)
  • Put the registration number on front of each check/cashier’s check/money order. (You will receive your registration number at the time you register online)
  • We are not accepting any payments by credit/debit cards at this time.
  • Please be advised that long lines to pay form on the first day of class. Students paying by check may have their payments processed quicker through a faster express line.
  • Non-payment of fees will cause your registration/enrollment to be canceled.

For more information, please call the Program Manager at 323-936-3025.

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Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles (KCCLA)

Korea, where dynastic rule spanned nearly 2,000 years, is the home of one of Asia’s most important cultures. Today, Koreans in Los Angeles are a major part of this city’s multicultural social fabric. One of the best ways to learn about Korean culture is to visit the Center.

Whether you come on your own or with a group, we can assure you that you will find the Center’s programming to be a most educational and engrossing experience. You will leave with a better grasp of Korea, its history and culture, and you will have a good time!

Our Mission

Operated by the Korean Government’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, our facility on Wilshire Blvd., has a museum with a collection of replicas of Korea’s most important artifacts, a gallery for fine art exhibition and a library with materials about Korea (in English and Korean), including a film and video section.

The Center holds special events where the public can view professional Korean artists in person. The Center also runs a series of free classes and workshops on various forms of Korean cultural expressions: music, dance, folk art and language. Most of these classes are free, but some have small fees for materials.

Please feel free to contact us if you have questions, comments or suggestions.

5505 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
t: (323) 936 – 7141
f: (323) 936 – 5712



Sponsored Post: KHEIR Celebrates 28 Years at Annual Gala

L.A. Fire Department, CEO Howard Kahn and L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe are among special guests

KHEIR Center’s 28th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner & Awards was an unforgettable night! The annual event, which took place on Sept. 18 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, was attended by 400 of Kheir’s supporters and friends.

Matt Barnes, the L.A. Clippers Defensive Player of the Year, spoke about the meaningful work of his nonprofit Athletes vs. Cancer, which unites athletes, celebrities and the community in the fight to save lives and find a cure for cancer. L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe presented awards to the Los Angeles Fire Department and Howard Kahn, CEO of L.A. Care Health Plan, our inspirational honorees. The night was a celebration of Kheir’s success over the past year and a look at the organization’s exciting plans for the future, as well as recognizing the important work of our honorees.

Thank you to all our generous supporters and friends for celebrating with us! It is because of your continued dedication that Kheir continues to provide desperately needed services in our community.

Please contact Project Manager II Kirby Van Amburgh, at kirbyv@lakheir.org with questions and comments or to make a donation. Check out more photos from the event on KHEIR’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/KheirCenter. Learn more about Matt Barnes’ nonprofit Athletes vs. Cancer at www.athletesversuscancer.org/.

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L.A. County My Health LA program launched Oct. 1, with enrollment assistance available at Kheir

KHEIR Clinic now offers free health care services for undocumented residents through Los Angeles County’s My Health LA program. This groundbreaking program, which began on Oct. 1, strengthens primary care access, promotes health care coordination and will improve health outcomes for Los Angeles County’s uninsured populations who have no other option for care.

The coverage includes primary care services, such as health screenings, physicals, chronic disease management, prescription medications, imaging, lab services and specialty care access. The program is specifically aimed at undocumented immigrants who do not have access to any other public programs. In order to qualify for My Health LA coverage, applicants must be Los Angeles County residents (citizenship is not required) and must meet income/family size requirements.

My Health LA is not open to those who are eligible for Medi-Cal and individuals with student visas. In addition to providing primary care services through My Health LA at Kheir Clinic, Kheir also provides enrollment assistance for the program in the Patient Resources Department. Appointments can be made by calling (213) 637-1080; assistance is available in English, Korean and Spanish.

The program was approved by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors on Sept. 23. My Health LA is a transition from a similar county program, Healthy Way L.A. Unmatched, which increased uninsured residents’ access to basic services through a partnership between the County and local community clinics and health centers. My Health LA offers even more comprehensive services for enrollees.

My Health LA is a reflection of L.A. County’s dedication to underserved communities that have historically faced obstacles to health care access. Kheir is proud to be a partner in the fight to erase barriers to health in our community, and we are excited to continue serving the residents of Koreatown and surrounding Los Angeles communities.

To learn more about My Health LA and eligibility requirements, please call KHEIR’s Patient Resources Department at (213) 637-1080 to speak with a Certified Enrollment counselor.

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Korean Health Education, Information & Research Center (KHEIR)

The KHEIR Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit service agency, was founded in 1986 to serve as a liaison between recently immigrated Korean Americans and existing health and human services in Los Angeles. Since, it has evolved into a comprehensive multi-service agency that renders primary and preventive health care, with a special focus on providing culturally and linguistically appropriate support to the low income, limited-English speaking Korean and Latino residents. The KHEIR Center includes the only full-time community clinic in the United States that offers assistance in English, Spanish and Korean. With funding from government agencies, public and private foundations, and individual donations, KHEIR will continue its mission of caring for the community by providing quality health and human services to the under-served and uninsured residents of Southern California.


KHEIR Administration
3727 W. Sixth St., Ste. 210
Los Angeles, CA 90020
t: (213) 427-4000
f: (213) 427-4008

KHEIR Community Clinic
3727 W. Sixth St., Ste. 200
Los Angeles, CA 90020
t: (213) 637-1070
f: (213) 251-8647

KHEIR Human Services
3727 W. Sixth St., Ste. 230
Los Angeles, CA 90020
t: (213) 637-1080
f: (213) 637-1075

KHEIR Adult Day Health Care Center
3030 W. Eighth St.
Los Angeles, CA 90005
t: (213) 389-6565
f: (213) 389-6262


Sponsored Post: KYCC’s Tree Planting Program Transforms Youth

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago,” a Chinese proverb says. “The second best time is today.” The same can be said for cultivating the future leaders in our community. This past summer, KYCC Environmental Services Youth Summer Program Volunteer Deborah Oh, alongside her team, helped plant hundreds of desperately needed trees in South Los Angeles.

Oh was one of nine youth, between the ages of 16 to 24, whom KYCC hired to participate in our tree planting and graffiti removal programs, as part of our longstanding partnership with the City of Los Angeles Office of Community Beautification.

This program was part of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Hire LA’s Youth initiative. Some youth came from Koreatown, while others
traveled from as far away as the San Fernando Valley. The group was as diverse as the community it served, and they bonded over the common goal to make the community safer, healthier and more beautiful.

Oh, 16, has never had a job or been exposed to diverse communities. She was shy and probably has never picked up a shovel. However, once she did pick up that shovel, it transformed her like Cinderella’s slipper. Within three months, Deborah and her team planted 600 trees in South Los Angeles. While most teens enjoyed lazy summer days sleeping in, she was up and at work by 6:30 a.m. and planting trees by 7:30 a.m. The days were hot, tiring and pushed each team members limits to stay positive.

“I kept waiting for Deborah to come back saying that it was too much, that the work was getting to her,” says Ryan Allen, KYCC Environmental Services Manager. “Instead, she would walk in the office with a big smile, proudly displaying her newfound muscles.”

Shortly after she had completed her summer job, Oh emailed KYCC to let them know how much she had been positively impacted. “I am so grateful to KYCC for providing me with the incredible opportunity to work with Environmental Services this summer,” she wrote. “Despite how hard the work was, I learned a lot about planting trees and getting to know new people. This summer job completely changed my view of life outside of my own community and motivated me to give back to the community more.”

Never having considered environmental and community-based work before, Oh says she is looking to major in an environmental field as an undergrad. She also started an eco-club at her high school and is in the process of planning tree planting projects for her community. What started out as a simple summer job turned into a lifechanging experience for her!

Special thanks to all of our 2014 KYCC Environmental Services Summer Youth Program participants: Marvin, Seneca, Denise, Emely, Erik, Conzuelo, Kawin, and Karen. We are already feeling the effects of climate change; California’s drought, extreme east coast winters and devastating hurricanes in the South are all part of the new reality our world is facing.

Things will only get worse unless we plant our trees today!

For nearly 40 years, KYCC has been preparing youth to be the thought and change leaders in their community. We have been planting trees to create a canopy of positive change in the communities we serve. If you haven’t had a chance to plant your tree yet, come grab a shovel, and dig right in.

For more information on KYCC’s many volunteer opportunities, from community beautification to afterschool tutoring, please email volunteer@kyccla.org.

KYCC2Deborah Oh, KYCC summer youth volunteer

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Koreatown Youth & Community Center (KYCC)

KYCC is a nonprofit organization established in 1975. Its mission is to serve the evolving needs of the Korean American population in the greater Los Angeles area, as well as the multiethnic Koreatown community. KYCC’s programs and services are directed toward recently immigrated, economically disadvantaged youth and their
families, and promote community socio-economic empowerment.

3727 W. Sixth St., Ste. 300
Los Angeles, CA 90020
t: (213) 365-7400
f: (213) 927-0017

Children & Family Services
680 S. Wilton Pl.
Los Angeles, CA 90005
t: (213) 365-7400
f: (213) 383-1280

Environmental Services
1319 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
t: (213) 743-8750
f: (213) 743-8755

Children’s Center
1140 Crenshaw Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90019
t: (323) 297-0038
f: (323) 297-0042

Youth Services
680 S. Wilton Place
Los Angeles, CA 90005
t: (213) 365-7400
f: (213) 383-1280

Clinical Services
3727 W. Sixth St., Ste. 411
Los Angeles, CA 90020
t: (213) 365-7400
f: (213) 201-3993

Menlo Family Center
1230 S. Menlo Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90006
t: (213) 365-7400
f: (213) 201-1812

The RushOrder team

Online Food Delivery App Taps into L.A.’s Koreatown


Ordering delivery from a slew of neighborhood restaurants, all from the convenience of your smartphone or mobile device, has never been easier thanks to apps like Seamless, Eat24 and other brands.

The latest product to join the online food delivery space is RushOrder, a Los Angeles-based start-up that aims not only to minimize wait times for things like the check or a latte for the busy person on the go, but also to bring small mom-and-pop-type establishments in Los Angeles’ Koreatown into the online delivery fold.

This pairing of Korean restaurant options with the technological ease of ordering menu items online (let alone discovering such a place exists within several miles of your location) is one thing the team behind RushOrder believes separates it from its competitors.

“We’re familiar with these places and the people who go there, so we’re able to bring these restaurants into our system,” said Eric Kim, RushOrder’s chief operating officer. “We’re providing access to users and customers who haven’t had access to these restaurants before. A customer can now order from restaurants that serve Korean blood sausages.”

RushOrder originally was conceived as a way to eliminate inefficiencies of the dine-in experience, such as waiting for a server to take an order or bring the check. The product has since undergone several “pivots,” as the team members put it, by focusing on partnering with restaurants and capitalizing on the growing popularity of L.A.’s Koreatown.

RushOrder launched in February. Though it aims to serve cities all over the country, it’s concentrated in L.A. for now.

Available on Android Google Play and Apple iOS for the iPhone and iPad, the RushOrder app hopes to fill a large gap in the online food delivery space.

“The thing we want to emphasize is Koreatown and how those restaurants are not really on these online platforms,” Kim said. “We want to introduce this older generation of Koreans who own these businesses to technology.”

“On the tech side,” he added, “a lot of online ordering companies haven’t been able to access this market because the people who run it aren’t familiar with this space and the language barriers.”

Kim, a 30-year-old former Wall Street consultant who grew up in Koreatown, credits popular chefs like the Kogi Truck’s Roy Choi and culinary television personality Anthony Bourdain for helping put Koreatown on the map as a food destination, thus making it a prime source of savory dining options for the online delivery crowd.

RushOrder will soon be offering delivery and takeout from nearly 300 restaurants in the greater Los Angeles area, including lesser-known places like Nak Won House, Wako Donkasu, Myung In Dumplings and Jang Teo Bossam, in addition to pizza joints and delicatessen staples.

“The mobile ordering payment space is pretty competitive,” Kim acknowledged. “There are lots of companies like us running around. The challenge isn’t getting the restaurants on board. The important metric is, how fast are they growing orders and users, and are they bringing in business?”

So among the plethora of online delivery platforms that seem to be expanding by the day, is there really room for another product?

“Yes,” says Kim. “Delivery is becoming a much greater part of peoples’ lives. Everyone is so busy these days. People spend less time going out to eat and more time working and keeping themselves busy.”

“Even in a place like L.A.,” he said, “the need for delivery is growing rapidly.” Plus, Kim adds, “The Koreatown community is becoming much more popular in Los Angeles.”

Photo Courtesy of RushOrder

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Hello Kitty Cafe to Open in California in 2015


If you’re suffering from Hello Kitty Convention withdrawal, we bring you good news: A Hello Kitty Cafe is coming to California!

According to the LAist, plans are already underway to open a Hello Kitty Cafe in Orange County by summer 2015. The announcement was made during Hello Kitty Con in the form of a pink Hello Kitty food truck, which served adorable treats including donuts to macarons and gave fans a taste of what to expect this upcoming summer.

Allan Tea, the cafe’s managing partner, said that everything from the food to the decor will showcase the iconic Sanrio character. While the cafe prepares for its launch, the Hello Kitty food truck will be catering to private parties in the greater Southern California area.

Here are some photos from the Hello Kitty Cafe’s Instagram: