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Voices from Koreatown: Touring LA’s K-Town Today

Friday, October 5, 2018
9:30am - 2:00pm PDT
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $0.00
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Join Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy – LA Chapter (AAPIP-LA), The Asian Pacific Community Fund and SCG for a special van tour and lunch to explore Koreatown from the lens of leaders and organizations who have collectively engaged its residents for decades.

A diverse and densely populated neighborhood just west of Downtown LA, Koreatown is an area shaped by history (including the 1992 civil unrest) and an urban district undergoing transition and demographic shifts. The convergence of multiple cultures, communities and businesses is both an asset and a challenge. Hear from multiple nonprofit leaders who will voice their perspectives about the community’s strengths and key issues, ranging from housing, immigration, coalition-building, special education, mental health and more.

  • Today Koreatown is home to over 115,000 residents, comprised of Latino (58%), Korean (22%), other Asian/Pacific Islander (9%) and African-American (4%) populations
  • Roughly two out of every three Koreatown residents are immigrants
  • Nearly half the population lives below 150% of the Federal Poverty Line

Gain insights from several nonprofit organizations doing work in underserved Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities in Koreatown and learn about funding gaps and how we as funders can make an impact and meet current needs.


About the Tour

We will learn about the history and present-day context of the region from Do Kim of The K.W. Lee Center for Leadership. The tour will include a site visit to Korean American Family Services (located in the Korean Organization Association building), which has started the first licensed foster family agency in the nation specializing in the needs of API foster children and families. We will also hear from Korean American Special Education Center and learn more about their work providing comprehensive services for the Korean American community with disabilities and their families. We will also visit an affordable housing site co-developed by Korean Resource Center, where a panel of community and nonprofit leaders from Korean American Coalition, Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance and South Asian Network will share about their coalition-building and civic engagement work among multi-ethnic and largely immigrant populations in Koreatown. We will conclude the day with a delicious, informal lunch with colleagues and invited nonprofit leaders from the Koreatown community.



  • Joon Bang, Korean American Coalition
  • Shikha Bhatnagar, South Asian Network
  • Rosa Chang, Korean American Special Education Center
  • Do Kim, The K.W. Lee Center for Leadership
  • Connie Chung Joe, Korean American Family Services (KFAM)
  • Catherine Yang, KIWA (Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance)
  • Korean Resource Center


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No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current AAPIP members, SCG members and other grantmakers eligible for SCG membership.

This program is now at capacity.

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

Information subject to change. Details, instructions and additional information will be emailed to registrants as it gets closer to the event.