Publications

Co-Authored or Collaborative Work

Engaging Korean Americans in Civic Activism - 2018

Lee, Eun Sook and Han, Hahrie. 2018 Engaging Korean Americans in Civic Activism In A Companion to Korean American Studies. Chapter 24; Pp. 608-632. Rachael Miyung Joo and Shelley Sang-Hee Lee, eds. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill. (ISBN: 978-90-04-33453-3)

This chapter addresses the question of Korean American civic activism by providing a descriptive account of the role that three interrelated community-based organizations—the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), the Korean American Resource and Cultural Center (recently merged with Korean American Community Services to form HANA Center), and the Korean Resource Center (KRC)—have played in enabling the participation of particular subsets of the Korean American community in the United States.

Asian American Racial Justice Toolkit - 2016

This toolkit represents the work and thinking of 15 grassroots organizations with Asian American bases living in the most precarious margins of power: low-income tenants, youth, undocumented immigrants, low-wage workers, refugees, women and girls, and queer and trans people. It reflects their experiences with criminalization, deportation, homophobia, xenophobia and Islamo-racism, war, gender violence, poverty, and worker exploitation. All of the modules are designed to begin with people’s lived experiences, and to build structural awareness of why those experiences are happening, and how they are tied to the oppression of others. By highlighting the role of people’s resistance both past and present, the toolkit also seeks to build hope and a commitment to political struggle. In these perilous times, it is an intervention by today’s Asian American activists to restore our collective humanity across our differences through a practice of deep democracy, by looking first to history and then to one another to build a vigilant and expansive love for the people.

Orange County on the Cusp of Change - 2014

Though Orange County has been changing demographically and politically for the past four decades, its common reputation continues to be one of conservatism, right wing activism, homogeneity and affluence. Orange County is increasingly more heterogeneous and politically diverse, yet a dominant narrative of wealth and affluence in the county obscures the existing inequality, which varies from city to city and leads to economic and social disparities among residents. This report aims to understand the key challenges residents of today’s Orange County face. The research is primarily comprised of secondary data including academic research, policy reports, indicator studies, newspaper articles, and government and voting data. In addition, the research process included community forums where community leaders helped shape the analysis of the data.

The Spirit of the 5.18 Uprising Blooms Overseas - 2008

The Spirit of the 5.18 Uprising Blooms Overseas is a 24 page booklet that provides an overview of the history and activities of Young Koreans United and the Korean Alliance for Peace and Justice. The events featured in this historical guide seeks to capture the contours and very essence of the 5.18 Uprising spirit; past to present. This historical guide is dedicated to the late Yoon Han Bong.

The Political Awakening of Korean Americans - 2005

During the 1990's, Korean American civic participation reached unprecedented levels of activism and development. The Korean American community transitioned from their role as complacent observer to participant and stakeholder. From within their own diverse ranks, Korean Americans built a critical mass of politically engaged citizenry that organized around immigrant rights issues and succeeded in establishing a Korean American voice at the national level. The transformation of political agency within the Korean American community significantly impacted immigrant-related legislation, and furthermore, the political processes used by the Korean American community contributed to the development of new concepts on social change organizing that are relevant to the changing demographics and diversity of ethnic and immigrant communities in the American diaspora. By chronicling the success of Korean American organizing, this paper documents a rich and dynamic period of our immigration history in America.

KRC in Research Projects

Transforming Orange County: Assets and Needs of Asian Americans & Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders - 2018. Vo, Linda Trinh, and Laureen D. Hom. 2018. Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Orange County

Three years after the data-driven demographic report on the AA&NHPI of Orange County,3 Transforming Orange County attempts to better understand the county’s complex and diverse AA&NHPI community. Relying on rich narrative context and analysis from diverse community leaders, this report examines six areas where AA&NHPI strengthen the county but also areas of concern that have been largely overlooked: (1) building sustainable communities, (2) economic development and disparities, (3) K–12 and higher education, (4) health care services, (5) political participation and civic engagement, and (6) civil rights advocacy. 

Organisational legitimacy beyond ethnicity? Shifting organisational logics in the struggle for immigrant rights in Los Angeles - 2016
David Gnes - Department of Political Science, University of Amsterdam

Immigrant political organisations in the United States have traditionally built political power by claiming to legitimately represent an ethnically defined group. However, the emergence of a number of multi-ethnic, class-based organisations over the last two decades has challenged this assumption, while raising questions about the ability of the institutional context to accommodate organisational change.

Moments, Movements, and Momentum: Engaging Voters, Scaling Power, Making Change - 2013
by Manuel Pastor, Gihan Perera, and Madeline Wander

While many have commented on the dynamics at play in the 2012 presidential election – from the changing electorate to voter suppression to micro-targeting – one important story has been under-told: how an emerging grassroots organizing strategy called “Integrated Voter Engagement” built on the moment of the elections to create momentum for larger and lasting change.