Children’s Fun Korean Classes/ 어바인 KAC 한국학교

All classes will be held both In-Person and online via Zoom. Our nationally recognized program is now accepting students throughout the country on a first come, first serve basis. Our Virtal classes are dynamic LIVE CLASS – this is not a self-study course nor is it module based learning.  Our interactive classes are designed for young Korean learners.

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We are the only institute in nation to receive designation by BOTH the United States government and the Korean government for the teaching of Korean language. Our classes have been featured on NBC News America and in various other media outlets.

June 10, 2024 – August 3, 2024 (8 weeks -NO CLASS on Thursday 4, 2024 for Forth of July)

Korean Language Proficiency Levels and Speaking Classes

Level 0- Absolutely beginner no experience and can not read any Korean alphabet.

Level 1 – They can read Korean words and sentences, although not yet fluently. They can improve their reading and conversation skills more at this level. They may be able to exchange greetings, give their identity, and name a number of familiar objects from their immediate environment. However, they are unable to perform functions or handle topics pertaining to the Intermediate level, and cannot therefore participate in a true conversational exchange.

Level 2 – They can read all Korean sentences. They communicate minimally by using a number of isolated words and memorized phrases limited to the particular context in which the language has been learned. When responding to direct questions, they may say only two or three words at a time or give an occasional stock answer.

Level 3 –This class is designed for students who are proficient in reading Korean and capable of holding conversations in Korean. They can read all Korean sentences well. At this level, students will learn Korean grammar and be able to engage in conversations.

Speaking Class through Short Story Book – They can read Korean sentences. They will learn new vocabulary, conversation, grammar, and Korean culture through short story books.

Speaking Class through Long Story Book – They can read Korean sentences very well. They will learn new vocabulary, conversation, grammar, and Korean culture through long story books.


Session 1June 10 – June 28
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (ABSOLUTE BEGINNER)4th – 6th grade (ABSOLUTE BEGINNER)
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM (ABSOLUTE BEGINNER)1st – 3rd grade (ABSOLUTE BEGINNER)
Session 2July 8 – July 26
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (NOVICE HIGH)4th – 6th grade (NOVICE HIGH)
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM (NOVICE HIGH)1st – 3rd grade (NOVICE HIGH)

Learners will participate in a dynamic and immersive learning environment with other students, experiencing an amazing and intensive 3-week linguistic and cultural program that can open doors for college and success in the 21st-century global economy. Our program will provide enriched opportunities for two different types of learners: beginners and novice high-level individuals. This will be achieved through classroom immersion, catering to both beginner and advanced students for Korean language acquisition in Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational modes of communication, utilizing real-world scenarios.

Each class will focus on a minor theme, incorporating age-appropriate activities. Learners will improve their understanding and explore the connections between Korean culture, arts, history, and language. Engaging, hands-on cultural activities such as arts, crafts, calligraphy, and music will be integrated into the curriculum to enhance real-world applications of the Korean language. This holistic approach aims to provide a comprehensive and effective learning experience for participants.

“Critical language” is a term used in the to designate languages for which there is large demand for language professionals but little supply. We believe the earlier children learn Korean, the better positioned they will be for the future.

Most of our weekday classes will be held twice per week. We have found that for young beginning level Korean learners, students learn and retain more when classes are held twice per week, versus the same amount of time once per week.

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The cost of our 10-week program is $375 plus $10 technology fee. Program includes materials that will be send via email. No additional books will be required.

Description of Classes

Winter 2022 Children & Youth

Accordion Sample DescriptionPrerequisite: None 4 or 5 years olds who are not currently in Kindergarten. This class is suited for absolute beginners or those with some Korean exposure. The goal of this course is to familiarize learners with Korean language and develop a level of comfort with the language. Learners will develop basic language foundational skills through stories, rhymes, and songs. Learners will be exposed to numbers and words for vocabulary expansion. Learners will gain an understanding of meaning and use of words. Students will develop phonological awareness and manipulate sounds that make up the Korean language. Class duration: 30 minutes
  • ACTFL: Novice Low
  • Prerequisite: None
This class is designed for Learners currently in Kindergarten or 1st grade who are absolute beginners, those with limited exposure to Korean, or who do not already know Hangul (Korean Alphabet). The goal of this course is to familiarize the learners with Korean language and to develop a level of comfort with the language. Learners will develop basic language foundational skills through stories, rhymes, and songs. Learners will be exposed to numbers and words for vocabulary expansion. Learners will gain an understanding of meaning and use of words and learn basic sentence patterns that students can build upon. Students will learn basic vowels and consonants, stroke patterns, read basic syllables, express likes and dislikes, native and sino numbers. Questions such as who (누구), what (뭐), where (어디) will be covered.
  • ACTFL: Novice Mid
  • Prerequisite: Returning students should enroll in this class or students who have proficiency in the topics covered in the first session. Students must already recognize basic vowels and consonants of Hangul.
This class is designed for Learners currently in Kindergarten or 1st grade who have had exposure to Korean and have been introduced to Hangul. Learners will expand on topics introduced in previous levels by expressing how old they are, reinforcing basic greetings, and reciting native Korean and Sino numbers. Students will expand their knowledge and be able to ask questions such as those involving numbers (몇), how (어떻게), what (무슨), which (어떤). Students will expand on Hangul such as double vowels, double consonants, and batchim syllables. Learners will be able to follow age appropriate instructions and routines in Korean, understand basic directions, and express what they like and dislike.
  • ACTFL: Novice Low
  • Prerequisite: None
This class is designed for Learners currently in 2nd, 3rd or 4th grades who are absolute beginners, those with limited exposure to Korean, or who do not already know Hangul (Korean Alphabet). Learners will learn how to match sound with letters, stroke pattern, basic syllable, name, and words. The goal of this course is to familiarize the learners with Korean language and to develop a level of comfort with the language. Learners will develop basic language foundational skills through stories, rhymes, and songs. Learners will learn Sino and Native numbers and words for vocabulary expansion. Learners will learn basic sentence patterns to state existence or possession. Students will learn basic greetings, express likes and dislikes, express how old they are, and understand questions such as who (누구), what (뭐), where (어디). Students will be introduced to the Korean keyboard.
  • ACTFL: Novice Mid
  • Prerequisite: Returning students should enroll in this class or students who have proficiency in the topics covered in Level 1. Students must already know Hangul and be able to sound out basic syllables.
This class is designed for Learners currently in 2nd or 3rd grade with previous experience in learning the Korean language. Learners will have exposure to more complex syllables and will build upon previous knowledge of Native and Sino numbers by learning math equations, counting items (개), people (명), and animals (마리), expressing dates and times, Learners will be able to follow age appropriate instructions and routines in Korean, understand basic directions, and express what they like to do and when they like to do it, and can understand the time and date when plans are discussed. Students will be able to talk about what they did using past, Students will be differentiate when speaking to someone older than them (존댓말).
  • ACTFL: Novice Mid
  • Prerequisite: Returning students should enroll in this class or students who have experience with the topics covered in previous level. Students must already know Hangul and be able to sound out basic syllables.
This class is designed for Learners currently in 4th or 5th grade with previous experience in learning the Korean language. The goal is to gain confidence in using the Korean language and build upon basic sentence patterns. Learners will be introduced to more adjectives and it’s grammar rules in order to expand on basic sentences. Students will expand their knowledge and be able to ask questions such as those involving numbers (몇), how (어떻게), what (무슨), which (어떤). Learners will be able to express differences and similarities and make comparisons by using 하고 and 달라요. Learners will be able to understand dates, times, seasons when schedules and routines are discussed. Learners will be able to recite mathematical operations and use the appropriate counting words for things, people, and animals. Students will be able to talk about weekend activities using present and past tense.
  • ACTFL: Novice Low
  • Prerequisite: None
This class is designed for Learners currently in 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th grade who are absolute beginners, have limited exposure to Korean, or who do not already know Hangul (Korean Alphabet). Learner will master Korean alphabet (Hangul) focusing on reading skills including pronunciation rules and to gain the basic four skills of Korean (listening, reading, writing, speaking) and sentence structure. The class will cover basic topics including greetings, introductions, Native and Sino numbers in an age appropriate way using real world applications. Learners will be able to count items (개), people (명/분), animals (마리), papers (장), and books (권). Students will be able to introduce themselves with basic information such as their age, grade, where they live and how many people are in their family. Students will be able to express statements of possession and existence.
일상적이고 생활적인 한국어 대화가 가능하고, 간단한 주제의 한국어 읽기, 쓰기를 할 수 있다. 가족, 친구, 좋아하는 것 등, 친숙한 주제의 자료를 읽고 중심 생각을 파악하고 표현할 수 있다. 학습목표: 기본적인 한국어 의사소통과 읽기 쓰기의 학습능력을 갖춘 학생들로 하여금, 연령과 이해력에 맞는 교육자료 (전래동화, 어린이 뉴스, 환경, 역사 인물 이야기 등)을 통해 이야기의 줄거리와 주제, 인물의 성격을 파악하고 자신의 생각을 효과적으로 표현할 수 있게 한다. 더 높은 단계의 한국어 구사는 물론, 정확한 문장과 풍부한 내용의 글쓰기(2-3 문단 이상)를 완성한다. 수업 방식: 주제 중심의 한국어 프로그램으로 , 주제와 관련된 다양한 읽기와 동영상 자료를 통해 학생들의 흥미를 유발하고, 관련된 통합활동으로 자신의 생각을 효과적으로 표현할 수 있도록 도와준다 Prerequisite: Students who are able to speak and comprehend Korean on a casual basis on everyday topics. Must be able to read and write simple sentences. **The class will be conducted completely in Korean.***
  • ACTFL: Novice Mid
  • Prerequisite: Returning students should enroll in this class or students who have experience with the topics covered in previous level. Students must already know Hangul and be able to sound out basic syllables.
The goal of this class is for students to gain confidence using the Korean language and build upon question words (뭐, 누구, 어디, 어느, 이건 ). Learners will build upon Native and Korean numbers in order to go shopping. They will be able to ask how much something is, express prices, number of items, and ask for a discount. Students will learn basic geography and will be able to express the different types of food, peoples, and cultures. Students will learn how to use polite request expressions ~주세요, negative 안, ~지않다. Students will how to describe their daily and weekly schedules and routines using appropriate time markers ~에서 and time frames 부터~까지.
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About Our Program 한국학교

Our classes are aligned with ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. Our classes, unless otherwise noted, are at the Novice Low and Novice Mid level based on ACTFL Proficiency Benchmarks.

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Through incorporating 21st century technology, Students will be able to increase their Korean language proficiency, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

In addition to learning the language, students will learn about aspects of Korean culture and history through activity based learning. It is our goal that students develop a sense of pride and appreciation of their Korean heritage.

Class Location:

All Classes, with the exception of our Book Club Korean Classes, will take place via Zoom. Please make sure your students have access to a computer with a camera and microphone.


Why Learn Korean?

Korean is an increasingly important language on the world stage. Korea has one of the world’s largest and most innovative economies. The Korean cultural impact around the world is representative of the continued growth of Asian influence in America.

Because Korean is still not a widely taught language, there will be a shortage of Americans who can speak Korean. Learning Korean connects your child to 75 million people worldwide and will provide your child them with greater opportunities in a 21st century global environment.

Will learning a second language be confusing for my child? 

No. Learning a second language does not cause language confusion, language delay or cognitive deficit, which have been concerns in the past. In fact, according to studies at the Cornell Language Acquisition Lab (CLAL), students who learn a second language can maintain attention despite outside stimuli better than children who know only one language.  Students in the process of learning a second language that have been evaluated on standardized testing procedures used in schools, received higher scores in more than just the verbal aspect of the tests. They also scored higher in math.

Will my child’s academic learning be compromised by spending time learning Korean?

No. Students are likely to have higher levels of academic success throughout school. When a students learns a second language, it not only activates the components of the brain that are responsible for verbal and written communication, but it also activates the areas of the brain that are directly responsible for reasoning, thinking, and numeric understanding. As a result, the student is capable of excelling in virtually every area of their academic careers.

TERMS (Please read before registering): 

  • Fees are non-refundable (except in the case of class cancellation by KAC). Please do not register if you are unsure. 
  • Fees are non-transferable to another semester. No Credits will be given for missed classes. Since we are a nonprofit organization, we do not have the administrative capacity to handle these requests.
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Empowering the Korean-American Business Community

For the past 40 years, The Korean American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County (“KACCOC”) has played a vital role within the Korean business community. The role of the chambers has evolved to address the shift in demographics and strong contributions Koreans have made to the greater economy. No longer is the chamber limited to serving Korean “mom and pop” businesses in need of English assistance or help navigating though bookkeeping and licensing, but has evolved to serve as a bridge between Korean and mainstream businesses,  local governments, and those looking to harness the power of the Korean business community. The chamber develops programs and workshops to empower Korean-American business owners as as providing access for mainstream business wanting to do business with those in the Korean community.

We sat down with the president of the Korean American Chamber, Ho-El Park to learn more about the chamber and its upcoming Asian Business Expo. 

OCKorean: Tell us about yourself

Ho-El:  I am a 1.5 generation Korean American and the 40th president of the Korean American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County (“KACCOC”).  My day job is a lawyer mainly practicing business and real estate law. 

OCKorean: Tell us about the Korean American Chamber of Commerce Orange County (KACCOC)

Ho-El:  Established in 1978, KACCOC has been serving the Korean business community for  40 years.  KACCOC serves as the bridge between Korean and the mainstream community. Our mission is to promote the success and advancement of our members through networking, education, advocacy and collaboration with all of Orange County area community.

OCKorean: What are some of the major accomplishments KACCOC has achieved?

Ho-El:  Over the past 40 years, some of our accomplishments include building a Korean District Monument in Garden Grove, starting a Korean Cultural Festival in Orange County, partnering up with Hanyang University in Korea to launch a Global CEO program here in Orange County, and holding business education seminars by various professionals, civic servants, and elected officials.  In 2011,  KACCOC partnered up with Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce to start the Orange County Asian Business Expo (“OCABE”).

OCKorean: Why did the chamber begin the Orange County Asian Business Expo?

Ho-El: We recognize that Orange County has one of the largest Asian populations in the country and is growing exponentially as we speak.  It’s hard to find places where Asian businesses have not yet surfaced. The Asian businesses are no longer the small “mom and pop” stores but leaders and innovators in various industries, reshaping the mainstream economy, locally and internationally!  There is a rising interest in Asian businesses and the community’s continual desire to discover ways to learn more about them.  Through the expo, we not only want to celebrate the success of the Asian Businesses in Orange County but to provide an opportunity for the participants and attendees to explore other ethnic markets and increase market/customer base. 

OCKorean: Is there a theme for the Asian Business Expo this year?

Ho-El:  Yes, the theme is the “Taste and Beauty of Asia”.  It’s apparent that the Asian beauty products and food are exploding in the mainstream market.  We hope to attract more vendors and attendees to experience the increasing popularity of beauty and food products of Asian companies.

OCKorean: Who are some of the participants in this Asian Business Expo?

Ho-El:  So far, we’ve confirmed that major companies like Smart & Final, Nongshim, and Costco are attending.  We also have some franchises like 7 Leaves Café and Honeymee.  The list is growing and you can only find out if you attend!

OCKorean:  Who should attend this year’s expo?

Ho-El: Everyone! However, this event would be ideal and beneficial to those who want to expose their products to the OC mainstream but do not have much funds or network to do so.  It would be a great way to introduce their products and perhaps find other B2B connections to launch and spread them throughout the mainstream end-buyers.

OCKorean:  Is there a cost to attend?

Ho-El: If you are just attending, it is free, but you have to register through  There will be free give away items and items for purchase on the spot.  If you are a vendor, you can purchase a booth, advertise via the LED screen and/or the program booklet.

OCKorean:  What makes this expo unique compared to other expos?

Ho-El:  This expo is a true collaboration. We have partnered with nearly every Asian American business organizations, such as the Vietnamese American Chambers, Friends of Thailand, China/US Business Association, and Hong Kong Association of California, just to name a few. We have also partnered  mainstream local chambers throughout Orange County such as Irvine Chambers, North Orange County Chambers and Garden Grove Chambers. This strong collaboration makes us the most unique business expo in not only Orange County, but throughout the state of California. 

OCKorean:  What benefits can be seen by participating in this Expo?

Ho-El:  This is a great opportunity for anyone to have direct access and contact with businesses that would otherwise be inaccessible and unapproachable.   There’s no doubt that “face-to-face” networking is better than communicating via the Internet and social media. Accordingly, the success of this event depends on the level of everyone’s “participation”.  I hope that all of the attendees would stop by each booth and take a good 10 minutes or so to learn about the participating businesses.  Attendees should also mingle and get to know each other better, including our VIPs (local community leaders, elected officials, etc.)

OCKorean:  How can one participate or learn more about the Asian Business Expo?

Ho-El:  Go to or

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Dave Min Listens To High School Students Voice Their Concern For The Future

Irvine, CA: On Saturday, nearly 30 high school students from the Korean American Young Leaders (KAYL) group had the opportunity to meet with guest speaker, UCI Law professor Dave Min, candidate for United States Congress (CA-45). Professor Min spoke to the group, ranging from 9th to 12th grades, about civic engagement and shared his journey on how he became a law professor and why he decided to run for Congress. Min reminded the students, “Because we have no elected Korean officials in the U.S. government, we are not able to express our opinions on important matters such as the situation in North Korea or Immigration.”  

The students had the opportunity to ask Min questions during a Q&A session. The students expressed some of their concerns with the candidate, which included the lack of immigration opportunities, the increase of gun violence and high taxes. The students were concerned that their generation would have to carry the burden of high taxes. Min agreed with their concerns and said he believes the people in this district are already paying a lot in taxes and wants to ensure that policies are fiscally sound so that taxpayers are not further burdened.

Min encouraged the students to be proud of their Korean-American heritage and to take advantages of opportunities the United States has to offer by becoming strong leaders. Soo Bin Cho, 12th grade student from University High School said “He seems like a genuine person who cares about the people and I hope to have the chance to work as an Intern on his campaign.”  Christian Shin, a 10th grade student from Northwood High School said “It will be great to finally have a Korean-American Congressman represent us in Washington D.C. I would be very proud to have Dave Min as our Congressperson.”

The next general meeting for KAYL will be on Saturday, November 10, 2017 at 4:30 pm. For more information about how to join KAYL, visit or

Korean American Young Leaders (KAYL)

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Korean American Young Leaders (KAYL) is a youth-led organization for high school students who aspire to enrich and empower their community with their time and talents. Created by the Korean American Center, KAYL provides a unique opportunity for tomorrow’s Korean-American leaders by empowering students of all socio-economic backgrounds through leadership development, community service events, and career exploration. What makes KAYL unique is it is 100% student led, with adults only serving in an advisory capacity 

Through KAYL, students have the opportunity to take active leadership positions they might not otherwise have access to at school. KAYL provides our youth insight into the world at large while engaging students in a critical reflection of issues affecting our local community. Students will acquire a variety of leadership skills and team-building techniques, such as presentation skills, meeting skills, and project planning. Through meaningful service projects, students will bring positive change to our community. 

KAYL received lots of mainstream coverage, such as the LA Times, for their advocacy work in gathering petitions to add Asian American Studies to the curriculum within IUSD. We hope to expand our horizons to more service projects. 

To find more information about KAYL, please visit or follow us on Instagram (@kayl.leaders). If you would like to become part of the KAYL executive board, please contact or Gio Kim at for more information. We are looking for creative and forward thinking leaders to move our group into the future!


If you would like to initiate a project of your own, please contact us!

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  • Provide our Korean-American youth with the opportunity to take active leadership positions they might not otherwise have access to at school.
  • Give our youth insight into the world at large, while engaging students in a critical reflection of issues affecting our local community.
  • Acquire a variety of leadership skills and team building techniques, such as presentation skills, meeting skills, and project planning.
  • Provide transformational career exploration through a vast network of mentors and advisors who are established leaders in their respective fields.
  • Inspire students to bring positive change to our community through a variety of meaningful service projects.
  • Participation in KAYL can go toward the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.

Streetwear Brand That Celebrates Korean Culture and Heritage

Korean American Center of Orange County had the opportunity to speak with KORELIMITED founder Matthew Kim about his company and vision for the brand. While KORELIMITED (also known as KORE, which stands for KEEPIN OUR ROOTS ETERNAL) has been in the streetwear apparel industry for four years, it has a rapidly growing following. With support from fans all over the world, as well as celebrities from Korea and Hollywood, this is what Matthew shared with us:

OCKorean: For those who might not be familiar with KORELIMITED, can you give a brief introduction of the brand?

Matthew: KORE is a streetwear brand that celebrates Korean culture and lifestyle. We produce apparel that incorporate various aspects of Korean culture – like history, language, artists, etc. – into the designs.


KORELIMITED’s most recent collaboration with Korean street brand, IAMNOTAHUMANBEING

OCKorean: When did KORE start? And how did you come about building this brand?

Matthew: We launched KORE in the middle of 2013 to be exact and have been blessed to continuously grow every year. I began KORE because as a father I wanted to provide something for my children and their generation about their heritage and roots. Growing up, I have always been closely connected to my Korean heritage, but I see that kids from today’s generation are becoming more oblivious of their cultural background and history. So I wanted to create something that would be educational but also relevant to their taste and desire.

OCKorean: Is there a reason for teaching about Korean roots and culture through Korean fashion and streetwear, rather than other media like art or video?


Matthew with Tiger JK (left) and Bizzy (right)

Matthew: Doing art, videos, or these types of media to celebrate Korean culture would’ve been cool, but I think there is something deeper about being willing to wear Korean clothing. Somebody could watch a video on Korean culture and be a supporter. But if you’re willing to pay money and physically wear the designs about Korean culture and roots, I think it shows a different level of appreciation and proudness for the culture. My goal is to make Korean culture cool and Korean fashion unique so that everybody would be excited to wear our brand. I want the brand to be a dope brand that isn’t solely about teaching Korean history, rather incorporating those elements so that people would be willing to purchase without even knowing what the design stood for. They could gradually find out the significance of the designs by others telling them or by figuring it out by themselves.

OCKorean: You’ve received a lot of love and support from celebrities from Korea and the States. How did that come about?

Rapper SanE in KORELIMITED Olympic 1988 snapback hat

Matthew: I’ve been lucky with some personal connections, but a bigger piece of their support came from their genuine appreciation for our brand designs and what they stood for.

We have had a lot of people (like Hip Hop Artist Tiger JK, Rapper SanE, Singer Jong Kook Kim, Actress Arden Cho, Guitarist Jinjoo from DNCE, the dancers from 1 Million Dance Studio, and many more) reach out to us and express that they love our clothing and what we’re doing as a brand. Each season, we’re blessed with gaining more exposure and love from more celebrities, artists, and talents. 

OCKorean: From the designs that you’ve produced so far, which would you say stands out to you the most?

1Million Dancer Lia Kim in KORELIMITED Salja hat

Matthew: Man, I love all of our designs so much and each one has a significant unique meaning. One design that we produced with 1Million Dancer Lia Kim is the Salja hat. This hat is actually one of our top selling items. I did this design because I noticed a particular brand that used the Korean flag and language in a dark way. There was one design from that brand that had ‘자살 club’ (suicide club) written blatantly on the front of the hat. The brand is probably one of the biggest streetwear brands in 2017, and they always incorporate our Korean Flag in their design and in the 자살 design as well. The fact that this negative term was written in our language and worn by so many people, including Koreans, disturbed me a lot. Korea is known to have one of the highest suicide rates, and as a Korean I felt offended that a well-known brand would advertise this word as a mere fashion trend. So to promote a positive image, I flipped the word 자살 (ja sal) and proposed the 살자 (sal ja, let’s live) design to Lia Kim. She loved the idea of positivity and livelihood, and our Salja design has been the most successful design since day 1.    

Matthew giving back to the community by taking time to meet with KAC’s Summer Youth Program students.

OCKorean: We can see that your brand is growing very quickly but your store is only online. Any plans to open physical shops? Also, do you have any future projects or aspirations for KORE?

Matthew: Yes, we definitely have plans to open physical shops in the near future. In terms of projects, we have a lot of collaboration projects lined up with amazing artists and talents who are excited to work with us. So definitely, be on the lookout. My aspirations for KORE is to grow and expand as a brand obviously, but more importantly the mission is about Keepin Our Roots Eternal; it’s what K.O.R.E stands for. I would like everyone to eventually learn about Korean culture and see how beautiful and awesome it is. Some people buy our stuff because they like the meaning behind the design and others learn the meaning after they buy it. Either way, I’m thankful that it’s an opportunity to share my heritage with them. 

OCKorean: Thanks Matthew! We appreciate you taking the time to speak with us. We look forward to seeing more amazing things from you!

For those interested in learning more about KORELIMITED and supporting a company dedicated to keeping Korean heritage alive, please check out their line at

SORI NA, Professional Dancer


49 Checkers Long Sleeve T-Shirt from KORELIMITED Stylebook



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KAC to Co-Host Citizenship Clinic For Orange County’s Korean Population



July 25, 2017
Clinic will be the county’s largest citizenship event targeting Asian immigrants and the county’s first joint Korean collaboration for naturalization services


Press conference to kick off citizenship clinic specifically targeting Orange County’s Korean American community – the 2nd largest Korean population in the country. Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Orange County, in collaboration with every Korean community-serving organizations in Orange County (Korean Community Services, Korean Resource Center, Korean American Center), expects to serve nearly 200 clients.


Mayor Elizabeth SwiftMayor, City of Buena Park
Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-SilvaState Assemblymember for the 65th Assembly District
Assemblyman Steven ChoiState Assembymember for the 68th Assembly District
Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel
Ellen AhnExecutive Director, Korean Community Services
Sylvia KimRegional Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Orange County
Tammy Kim, Executive Director, Korean American Center
Jonathan Paik,Orange County Director, Korean Resource Center
Tu-Trinh Pham, Home Depot
Paul SungVice President, Orange County Korean American Bar Association
Katie WanamakerVice President of Property Management & Government Relations, M+D Properties
 *In-language interviews available in Korean

Saturday, July 29, 2017
11:00 am

*Press conference to be followed by reception and walking tour.Please RSVP to Randy Bunnao at or at 213-241-0227.
La Huasteca in The Source OC
6940 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, CA 90621
Orange County is home to an estimated 220,000 individuals who are eligible to naturalize. Nearly 30% or 50,000 are of Asian origin, but have yet to apply for U.S. citizenship. Language and financial barriers often make it difficult for immigrants to apply for citizenship. This event will provide free culturally competent citizenship services for registered attendees, including application and legal services.

Letter To Our Korean Parents: Black Lives Matter

The American Dream Cannot exist only for our children. 
아메리칸 드림은 저희들만을 위해 존재 할 수는 없어요.

A group of Asian American volunteers wrote an open letter to immigrant parents explaining their support for Black Lives Matter. Asian Americans have translated the letter into a number of native languages, including Korean. This is an important first step in starting conversations across generations about the issues that the United States is facing right now. Korean American Center applauds this project, and is proud to have participated. This took a tremendous amount of crowdsourced, volunteer-based labor from hundreds of people across the country. Below is the letter in both Korean and English

사랑하는 우리 부모님과 친척 여러분,

꼭 드리고 싶은 말씀이 있어요.

어려서부터 흑인들과 함께 자라지 않으신 분들께는 흑인들이 아직 어색하고 낯설게 느껴질 수도 있다는걸 알아요. 하지만 그들은 저의 학교 친구로서, 또 직장 동료로서, 그리고 제 가족으로서 제 삶의 정말 중요한 부분을 차지하고 있어요. 그런데 요즘 저는 이들의 안전이 걱정되고 불안해요.

올 한 해만 미국 경찰에 의해 살해당한 사람이 벌써 500명을 넘어서고 있어요. 그 중 흑인 사망자가 25%를 차지하는데, 흑인들이 미국 인구의 13%밖에 차지하지 않는다는 점을 고려하면 25%는 정말 높은 수치에요. 지난 7월 5일, 루이지애나 주에서는 두 명의 백인 경찰이 길거리에서 CD를 팔던 알톤 스털링(Alton Sterling)이라는 흑인 남성을 살해했어요. 그 바로 다음 날, 미네소타 주에서는 경찰이 통상적인 교통 검문 중에 필랜도 캐스틸(Philando Castile)이라는 흑인 남성을 쏴 죽였어요. 그의 여자친구와 4살배기 딸이 보는 바로 앞에서요.이 사건 외에도 정말 많은 상황에서 무고한 시민들의 삶을 빼앗은 경찰들은 어떠한 처벌도 받지 않고 있어요.

이것이 바로 저희들의 흑인 친구들이 매일 겪어나가야 하는 끔찍한 현실이죠.

흑인들이 직면하는 위험에 대해 듣는 이 순간에도, 우리 한국인들은 본능적으로 그들과 다르다고 생각할 수도 있어요. 그들의 고통에 공감하기보다는 그들의 현실을 외면하려고 하죠. 흑인이 경찰의 총에 맞았다는 소식을 들었을 때, 그 흑인이 무엇인가 잘못했기 때문이라고 생각하실수도 있어요. 흑인들이 폭력배나 범죄자로 그려지는 대중매체를 많이 접하셨을 수도 있으니까요. 우리는 미국에 빈손으로 와서 차별 속에서도 더 나은 삶을 만들어나가려 노력하며 사는데, ‘왜 흑인들은 그러지 못할까’라는 생각을 하실 수도 있어요.

그렇지만 제 생각은 조금 달라요.

물론, 미국이라는 나라에서 아시아계 사람들도 차별받는다는 것은 사실이에요. 때때로 사람들은 우리의 영어 발음을 듣고 무례하게 굴 때도 있고, 또는 아시아계 사람들은 리더쉽이 없다고 해서 승진시키지 않기도 해요. 심지어 우리 중 일부를 테러범이라고 부르기도 해요. 하지만 그래도 길거리를 걸어다니는 저희를 보고, 사람들이 “위험한 범죄자”라고 생각하지는 않죠. 단지 아시아계 사람이라는 이유만으로 경찰들이 우리 가족들을 총으로 쏘지도 않고요.

하지만 저희 흑인 친구들의 경험은 우리의 경험과 달라요. 많은 흑인들은 몇 세기 전 강제적으로 아메리카 대륙에 노예 신분으로 끌려왔었고 몇 세기 동안 흑인 공동체, 가족들, 개인들은 노예제도의 이익을 위해 착취 당해왔어요. 노예제도가 폐지된 이후에도 흑인들은 집을 소유할 권리나 투표권을 얻지 못했고, 결국에는 미국 정부나 공립기관의 도움없이 스스로 자신들의 삶을 다시 개척해나가야 했으며 그들은 오늘날까지 계속 이어지는 폭력의 위협 아래에서 살아가고 있어요.

흑인 인권운동가들은 자신들의 권리를 위해 싸우면서 그들만이 아닌, 우리 한국인을 포함한 모든 이들을 위한 기회들을 얻기 위해 운동을 추진해왔어요. 수많은 흑인 인권운동가들은 인종차별에 맞서 오랫동안 싸우던 도중 폭행을 당하고, 수감되고, 억울하게 목숨을 잃기도 했어요. 그리고 그 투쟁의 결과로 그나마 인종차별을 금지하는 제도들이 생기기 시작했고 결과적으로 흑인 인권운동가들이 힘들게 쟁취해 낸 ‘피부색 때문에 차별받지 않을 권리’를 미국에 살고 있는 우리의 많은 친구들과 친척들이 누리게 된거죠. 그럼에도 불구하고 우리 사회는 여전히 불공평하고 우리는 한국 이민자로써 겪는 차별은 부당하다고 느끼면서도 흑인들처럼 우리와 모습이 다른 사람들에 대한 편견은 버리지 못하고 있어요.

누군가가 집으로 걸어가다 법과 질서를 수호해야 하는 경찰관에 의해 총격을 당하면 – 설상 그 총격을 가한 경찰관이 동양인이라 하더라도 – 이것은 법률에 의한 평등성과 공정성을 희망하는 우리 모두에게 대한 공격이에요.

이런 이유로 인해 저는 “Black Lives Matter” (“흑인 생명도 소중하다”) 운동을 지지하고 있어요. 이 운동을 지지한다는 건 저와 같은 동네에서 살아가는 사람들, 또는 제 가족 일원들이 미국 흑인들의 인간성을 폄하하는 발언이나 행동을 할 때 거리낌없이 지적하고 바로 잡는 것이에요. 이런 말씀을 드리는 건 이 이슈가 우리 사이를 갈라 놓지 않기를 바라기 때문이에요. 경찰의 폭력으로 인해 사랑하는 사람을 떠나보낸 부모님들 그리고 그 아이들의 분노와 슬픔에 공감하시려고 노력해 주시길 부탁드려요. 더불어 저의 분노와 슬픔도 공감해 주시고, 제가 저의 의견을 피력하고 시위에 참여하기로 할 때 제 결정을 지지해주시길 부탁드려요. 친구분들께도 이 메시지를 전달해주시고 공감을 표하실 수 있도록 권유해주세요.

저희들을 위해 험한 여정을 통해 미국으로 이주하셨고, 결코 이민자에게 너그럽지 못했던 이 나라에서 수십 년간 견뎌 오셨다는 사실을 너무도 자랑스럽고 감사하게 생각해요. 직접 겪어온 힘든 일들을 저희가 겪지 않았으면 하는 바램으로써, 저희가 “아메리칸 드림”을 이룰 수 있도록 편견이 가득한 이 땅에서 고생하셨다는 걸 너무나도 잘 알아요.

하지만 이것만큼은 고려해 주시길 바라요: 아메리칸 드림은 저희들만을 위해 존재할 수는 없어요. 우리는 모두 같은 배에 탄 처지이고, 우리의 친구와 이웃들 그리고 사랑하는 이들 모두가 안전할 때까지 우리 또한 안전하다고 느낄 수 없어요. 우리가 이루고자 하는 아메리칸 드림은 모든 이들이 경찰의 폭행에 대한 두려움 없이 살아갈 수 있는 미래에요.

사랑하는 자녀들, 조카, 손주 올림


Mom, Dad, Uncle, Auntie, Grandfather, Grandmother:

We need to talk.

You may not have grown up around people who are Black, but I have. Black people are a fundamental part of my life: they are my friends, my classmates and teammates, my roommates, my family. Today, I’m scared for them.

This year, the American police have already killed more than 500 people. Of those, 25% have been Black, even though Black people make up only 13% of the population. Earlier this week in Louisiana, two White police officers killed a Black man named Alton Sterling while he sold CDs on the street. The very next day in Minnesota, a police officer shot and killed a Black man named Philando Castile in his car during a traffic stop while his girlfriend and her four-year-old daughter looked on. Overwhelmingly, the police do not face any consequences for ending these lives.

This is a terrifying reality that some of my closest friends live with every day.

Even as we hear about the dangers Black Americans face, our instinct is sometimes to point at all the ways we are different from them. To shield ourselves from their reality instead of empathizing. When a policeman shoots a Black person, you might think it’s the victim’s fault because you see so many images of them in the media as thugs and criminals. After all, you might say, we managed to come to America with nothing and build good lives for ourselves despite discrimination, so why can’t they?

I want to share with you how I see things.

It’s true that we face discrimination for being Asian in this country. Sometimes people are rude to us about our accents, or withhold promotions because they don’t think of us as “leadership material.” Some of us are told we’re terrorists. But for the most part, nobody thinks “dangerous criminal” when we are walking down the street. The police do not gun down our children and parents for simply existing.

This is not the case for our Black friends. Many Black people were brought to America as slaves against their will. For centuries, their communities, families, and bodies were ripped apart for profit. Even after slavery, they had to build back their lives by themselves, with no institutional support — not allowed to vote or own homes, and constantly under threat of violence that continues to this day.

In fighting for their own rights, Black activists have led the movement for opportunities not just for themselves, but for us as well. Black people have been beaten, jailed, even killed fighting for many of the rights that Asian Americans enjoy today. We owe them so much in return. We are all fighting against the same unfair system that prefers we compete against each other.

When someone is walking home and gets shot by a sworn protector of the peace — even if that officer’s last name is Liang — that is an assault on all of us, and on all of our hopes for equality and fairness under the law.

For all of these reasons, I support the Black Lives Matter movement. Part of that support means speaking up when I see people in my community — or even my own family — say or do things that diminish the humanity of Black Americans in this country. I am telling you this out of love, because I don’t want this issue to divide us. I’m asking that you try to empathize with the anger and grief of the fathers, mothers, and children who have lost their loved ones to police violence. To empathize with my anger and grief, and support me if I choose to be vocal, to protest. To share this letter with your friends, and encourage them to be empathetic, too.

As your child, I am proud and eternally grateful that you made the long, hard journey to this country, that you’ve lived decades in a place that has not always been kind to you. You’ve never wished your struggles upon me. Instead, you’ve suffered through a prejudiced America, to bring me closer to the American Dream.

But I hope you can consider this: the American Dream cannot exist for only your children. We are all in this together, and we cannot feel safe until ALL our friends, loved ones, and neighbors are safe. The American Dream that we seek is a place where all Americans can live without fear of police violence. This is the future that I want — and one that I hope you want, too.

With love and hope,

Your children

Letters For Black Lives