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Korean American Coalition clippings

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 3026

Scope and Contents

Korean American Coalition clippings consist of photocopies of newspaper, newsletter and magazine articles collected by Charles J. Kim. The articles are about the Korean American Coalition and come from Korean American publications.


  • 1982 - 2007


Language of materials note

The clippings are primarily in Korean. Some of the clippings are in English.

Conditions governing access

To view materials contact the Korean Heritage Library.

Conditions governing use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of the Korean Heritage Library. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Korean Heritage Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Historical note

The Korean American Coalition was founded in Los Angeles in 1983 to promote the civic and civil rights interests of the Korean American community. KAC endeavors to achieve these goals through education, community organizing, leadership development, and coalition-building with diverse communities.

Biographical note

A community organizer, advocate, activist, and expert on Korean American history and community affairs, Charles J. Kim was the Chairman of the Korean Institute of Southern California, a non-profit education organization. One of three founders of the Korean American Coalition, Kim helped to build it as a national organization and served as its National President/Executive Director (1985-1987, 1995-2007). He organized and orchestrated many community programs to help 1992 LA Riot victims, including the Korean Community Peace March (4/31/1992 and 4/29/02). Kim introduced and conceptualized "1.5 Generation" referring to the American educated, bilingual and bicultural young Korean Americans, which became an accepted sociological term. Kim built the first HUD sponsored Arirang senior citizens apartments in Hollywood, organized the Korean American Historical Society to preserve Korean immigrant history and heritage, and built bridges among Korean American pioneers, adoptees and their families, and college groups. Kim currently endeavors to establish "ultimate Leadership Institute" to cultivate trainers for human services and community leaders. Kim's wife, Young Oak, is a congressional staff and an Asian affairs expert. Young is also the host of "LA Seoul," a weekly talk show on LA18-TV.


1.5 Linear Feet (1 Box)


The clippings are arranged chronologically.

Acquisition note

Donated by Charles J. Kim in 2010.

Finding Aid for the Korean American Coalition clippings
Sungjin Park
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Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries East Asian Library Repository

Doheny Memorial Library
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles California 90089-1825 United States