Korean Resource Center
Korean Resource Center (KRC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
KRC was founded in 1983 with “a mission to empower the Korean and Asian American community through services, education, organizing and advocacy.” The organization, operates offices in Los Angeles and Orange County, California, and serves more than 11,000 low-income, recent immigrant families through public health and social services, immigration legal services and housing counseling each year. 
KRC has offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. It is a founding affiliate of the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC), "a non-profit (501 c3) organization founded to advance a national progressive Korean American agenda."
Board of Directors
As of April 2017;
- David K. Song, Board Chair
- Dae Joong Yoon, President
- Zu Kim, Secretary
- John Choi, Treasurer
- Suhee Kim
- Kang Nam Lee
- Kil Joo Lee
- Angela Oh
- Inbo Sim
As of April 2017;
- Susan Cheng, Youth Organizer
- Judy Choi, Immigrant Rights Project Fellow
- Kyoung Hee Choi, Health Access Coordinator
- Isabel Kang, Outreach and Service Manager
- Damian Kim, Immigrant Rights Project Fellow
- David Kim, OC Service Coordinator
- Esther Kim, Housing Counselor
- Hee Gong Kim, Service Coordinator
- Jung Woo Kim, Membership Development Manager
- Nara Kim, Youth Organizer
- Yongho Kim, Director of Digital
- Yun Kyung Kim, Housing Counselor
- Jae W. Ko, Immigrant Rights Project Service Coordinator
- Kil Joo Lee, Board Member and Volunteer
- Myung Shim Lee, Community Organizing Manager
- Tim Lee, Housing Counselor
- Lisa Pei Lan Liu, Data & Development Associate
- Ilsoo Noh, IT Assistant
- Jonathan Paik
- Jenny Seon, Immigrant Rights Project Director
- Rex Wang, Youth Organizer
- Kay Yoon, Finance Manager
- Ashley Yu, Communications and Development Manager
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), was awarded the “Standing Up for Justice” recognition by the Korean Resource Center (KRC) and the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium for her commitment to women, children, people of color, and low-income communities during their 34th Annual Gala, October 19, 2017, in Los Angeles.
“It is such a tremendous honor to be recognized by the Korean Resource Center and the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium for my efforts to advocate for minority communities in greater Los Angeles,” said Congresswoman Maxine Waters. “These two organizations have fought tirelessly on behalf of immigrants and people of color, particularly Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Their efforts have strengthened our democracy, and I am so pleased to join with them to celebrate all they have accomplished over the past 34 years.”
During her acceptance speech, Congresswoman Waters discussed recent actions by the Trump Administration that have targeted immigrant communities, most notably the decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) which could impact more than 800,00 young people -- 200,000 of which live in California -- and upend the stability of nearly 50,000 school-age children living in Los Angeles County that will become eligible for DACA in future years.
“To all those who have been affected by Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant actions, I want you to know I have your back and so do my Democratic colleagues in the House and Senate,” said Congresswoman Waters. “We are fighting every day to hold Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans accountable, and we will continue to push for a bipartisan solution for DACA before the clock runs out.”
KRC is the California affiliate of NAKASEC. Together, the organizations advocate for “just and humane comprehensive immigration reform.”
"The Korean Resource Center and the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium were thrilled to honor Congresswoman Maxine Waters at their Building a Movement for Change Annual Gala on October 19th. Her powerful words were inspiring and clearly moved the audience to want to take action. It was one of the best speeches we have had at our gala in over 34 years," said Becky Belcore, NAKASEC Co-Director.
"Congresswoman Maxine Waters is a fierce advocate for the DREAM Act, immigrant rights and all marginalized communities. Her speech energized us for the fight ahead and we are so proud to have her as our Congresswoman and ally," said Dae Joong Yoon, KRC President.
- "Korean American Communities Applaud Passage of House Resolution Supporting Redress for Former Comfort Women
- "JOINT STATEMENT ON THE UNANIMOUS BIPARTISAN PASSAGE OFHOUSE RESOLUTION 121 By:
- "(Los Angeles, CA) House Resolution 121, introduced by Representative Mike Honda (D – CA), states that Japan should formally acknowledge, apologize, and accept historical responsibility in a clear and unequivocal manner, refute any claims that the issue of comfort women never occurred, and educate current and future generations “about this horrible crime while following the recommendations of the international community with respect to the ‘comfort women’.” Korean American communities are overjoyed with the news.
- "In 2001, Representative Lane Evans (D – IL) introduced the first ever resolution to address comfort women redress. Present on that day to announce the bill’s introduction was the late Soon Duck Kim, former comfort woman and a leading spokesperson from the House of Sharing (collective home for former comfort women based in Kwangju, Korea). Since that historic moment, Rep. Lane Evans and later Rep. Mike Honda have tenaciously re-introduced similar resolutions. After six years, H. Res. 121’s passage brings the former comfort women one step closer to justice.
- "About Comfort Women: During WWII, 300,000 women and girls were systematically raped and tortured by the Japanese military. 80% of the women were from Korea. Only 25% are estimated to have survived. Those who lived were often unable to return home out of shame and have lived a life of severe mental and physical trauma. For decades now former comfort women have shared spoken out demanding justice. But despite growing international pressure, Japan has refused to acknowledge its moral and legal responsibility, even omitting facts about wartime atrocities, including sexual slavery, from school textbooks."
- Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
- Service Employees International Union - California
- Sang Ho Yoo, CPA & Co.
- Service Employees International Union - United Service Workers West,
- Stephen Kurumada and Julie Kil Joo Lee Kurumada
- Syncis Insurance Solutions, Inc
Honorary Host Committee
- Karen Bass, U.S. House of Representatives
- Xavier Becerra, U.S. House of Representatives
- Judy Chu, U.S. House of Representatives
- Mike Honda, U.S. House of Representatives
- Bao Nguyen, Mayor of Garden Grove
- Herb Wesson, Los Angeles City Council President
- Eric Altman
- Mary Anne Foo
- David Huerta
- Wan-Mo Kang
- Stephen Kurumada, DDS
- Dean Matsubayashi
- Myung-Soo Seok
- Korean Resource Center, accessed January 19 2018
- Hee Joo Yoon, accessed January 19 2018
- [ http://krcla.org/en/about/board]
- [ http://krcla.org/en/about/board]
- Rep. Waters Receives ‘Standing Up for Justice Award’ at Building a Movement for Change Annual Gala Posted on 10/26/2017
- Korean American Communities Applaud Passage of House Resolution Supporting Redress for Former Comfort Women, accessed February 13 2018