10th Anniversary Virtual Gala


We’re shipping the food and drinks to you. Hang out with Daniel Dae Kim, Jihae, and David Kim while enjoying a specially curated meal from Cote, a Michelin Star Korean steakhouse and artisanal, handcrafted makgeolli from Brooklyn brewery, Hana Makgeolli.

In order to receive the Cote steak dinner pack and Hana Makgeolli by the Gala date, and be listed on the program, please register and place your order by August 28th, 2020.  

You are welcome to register and order after August 28th but your steak and makgeolli will arrive after the Gala date.


Saturday, Sept 12th, 2020
8:00 – 9:00pm


Private Link to Virtual Gala will be sent once you purchase your ticket

Trailblazer Honorees

Daniel Dae Kim


Daniel Dae Kim continues his string of multifaceted and stereotype-breaking roles as an actor, director and producer. Prior to his seven-season portrayal of Chin Ho Kelly on “Hawaii Five-0,”

Kim was best known for his role as Jin Soo Kwon on the hit TV series “Lost,” for which he shared a 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble, and was individually honored withan AZN Asian Excellence Award, a Multicultural Prism Award and a Vanguard Award from the Korean American Coalition, all for Outstanding Performance by an Actor. In 2009, he was recognized with the prestigious KoreAm Achievement Award in the field of Arts and Entertainment, and has twice been named one of PEOPLE Magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive.”

Most recently, he received a Broadway Beacon Award for his role as the King of Siam in Lincoln Center’s Tony Award-winning production of “The King and I,” as well as the Theater Legacy Award from New York’s Pan Asian Repertory Theater. Outside of his artistic endeavors, he actively pursues interests in the community at large, having most recently served as Cultural Envoy and Member of the U.S. Presidential Delegation for the United States at the World Expo in Korea.

Born in Busan, South Korea, and raised in New York and Pennsylvania, Kim discovered acting while a student at Haverford College. After graduation, he moved to New York City, where he began his career on stage, performing in classics such as “Romeo and Juliet,” “Ivanov,” and “A Doll’s House.” Despite early success, he decided to deepen his knowledge of the craft by enrolling at New York University’s Graduate Acting Program, where he earned his Master’s Degree.

After receiving his MFA, Kim’s film career began in earnest with roles in “The Jackal,” “For Love of the Game,” “The Hulk,” “Spider-Man 2” and “The Cave,” as well as the Academy Award-winning “Crash.” Most recently, he created the role of Jack Kang in “The Divergent Series films, “ Insurgent ” and “Allegiant.” Kim is set to star as Ben Daimio in the highly anticipated feature: “Hellboy”.

Kim has also lent his voice talents to animated series and films, such as the award-winning Studio Ghibli film, “The Tale of Princess Kaguya,” as well as the nature documentary series, “Big Pacific,” currently airing on PBS. He’s also voiced characters for several video games, including Johnny Gat in the bestselling series, “Saints Row.”

On camera, he has guest-starred on numerous TV shows, including “CSI,” on the network, “ER” and two seasons on “24” as CTU Agent Tom Baker. In 2008, he starred in the Emmy Award-nominated miniseries “The Andromeda Strain.”

In addition to his onscreen career, Kim spearheads his production company 3AD, established in 2014 by Daniel Dae Kim to produce premier content for TV, film and digital media – in development partnership with ITV Studios America. Committed to storytelling that integrates characters and cultures underrepresented in today’s media, 3AD produced projects include this season’s acclaimed new series The Good Doctor (ABC).


Singer & Actress

New York based artist Jihae was born in Seoul, Korea to a colonel/diplomat/Presbyterian pastor father and an opera-trained singer/chef mother who also wrote and illustrated children’s books. She grew up in South Korea, Nigeria, Sweden, and U.S. attending ten schools in 3 different languages by the time she became a teenager. After graduating from Emory University with a BA in Political Science, Jihae launched her indie record label/music for production company Septem and released her first album, ‘My Heart Is An Elephant’ in 2007 featuring collaborations with Lenny Kravitz and Michel Gondry.

Jihae’s latest album ‘Illusion of You’ features her co-write with the legendary Leonard Cohen and Dave Stewart on song, ‘It Just Feels’. ‘Illusion’ LP was lauded, “Beautiful, mystical and poetic” by the New York Times. She has created original scores & licensed music for commercial and art projects including LVMH, Chanel, Northface, Bacardi, and Alcatel Mobile Phones.

Jihae’s first acting experience was leading roles as identical twins in ‘Mars’, Brian Grazer & Ron Howard’s National Geographic miniseries. Her starring role in Peter Jackson’s ‘Mortal Engines’ as Anna Fang garnered critical acclaim by Rolling Stone who claims, “Jihae has an illegal amount of screen presence. ” “A real life superhero.” hails V Magazine. Jackson tells Pop Inquirer, “Jihae has an elegance and a power that is exactly what Anna Fang needed to be. She’s a fantastic actor”.

Jihae co-created, co- directed and produced a multimedia rock opera based on her 3rd LP, ‘Fire Burning Rain’ with Academy Award-winning playwright John Patrick Shanley. She has performed at the London Olympics, Cannes Film Festival and the United Nations General Assembly. Following her passion for human rights, she continues to donate her time and performance to a variety of nonprofits and global peace initiatives, including Hillary Clinton’s 2012 Hours Against Hate, the Willie Mae Rock Camp, and Acumen Funds. Jihae recently donated ‘Let’s Come Together’ song to International Medical Corps after spending a year on the project speaking and singing with high school & college students about upholding the Declaration of Human Rights in effort to help the dire tragedy faced by millions of migrants today.

David Kim


Violinist David Kim was named Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999. Born in Carbondale, Illinois in 1963, he started playing the violin at the age of three, began studies with the famed pedagogue Dorothy DeLay at the age of eight, and later received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School.

Highlights of Mr. Kim’s 2020-21 season include appearing as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra in Philadelphia and on tours of the Midwest and Florida; teaching/performance residencies and masterclasses at Manhattan School of Music, Bob Jones University, Prague Summer Nights Festival, the Taipei Academy and Festival, and continued appearances as concertmaster of the All-Star Orchestra on PBS stations across the USA and online at the Kahn Academy; as well as recitals, speaking engagements, and appearances with orchestras across the United States.

Each season, Mr. Kim appears as a guest in concert with famed modern hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty at venues such as the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Carnegie Hall. In August, he returns to Nashville to perform at the Getty Music Worship Conference – Sing! 2021. Mr. Kim serves as Distinguished Artist at the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in Macon. He frequently serves as an adjudicator at international violin competitions such as the Menuhin and Sarasate.

Mr. Kim has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from Eastern University in suburban Philadelphia, the University of Rhode Island, and Dickinson College. His instruments are a J.B. Guadagnini from Milan, Italy ca. 1757 on loan from The Philadelphia Orchestra and a Michael Angelo Bergonzi from Cremona ca. 1754. Mr. Kim resides in a Philadelphia suburb with his wife Jane and daughters Natalie and Maggie. He is an avid golfer and outdoorsman.

Special guests

Vivian Lee


Vivian is a board member of KoreanAmericanStory.org. She is also an Emmy Award reporter and anchor for Spectrum’s News NY1.

She joined NY1 as an anchor and reporter in 2008. Since then, she has fronted many stories of vital local and national interest, including anchoring NY1’s team coverage of Pope Francis’ historic visit to Cuba and the US in September 2015. In March 2013, she reported from Vatican City for several weeks leading up to Francis’ election as pope and was the first reporter of the NYC market to break news that a new pope had been elected. Several months before that she was reporting from the flooded Financial District hours after Hurricane Sandy hit NYC. In 2011, she was the first in the city to report the sale of fake gold bars in the Diamond District of Manhattan.

Vivian has also anchored hours of continuous coverage during breaking news, including the mid-air collision of a tour helicopter and small plane over the Hudson River in 2009 that claimed 9 lives, as well as the arrest in 2010 of a Times Square bomb plotter.

In October 2012, she reported from a deluged Financial District hours after Hurricane Sandy hit, and in the weeks to come, from devastated neighborhoods in the Rockaways in Queens, Coney Island and Gerritsen Beach in Brooklyn, and Oakwood and Midland Beach on Staten Island.

Vivian’s career in New York started at WNBC in 2002, where she was a general assignment reporter for six years. During that time, her reporting included coverage of two deadly crane collapses in Manhattan, the assassination of a councilman inside City Hall, and then-New York governor Eliot Spitzer’s sex scandal and resignation. Vivian’s in-depth and investigative reporting included city deals with landlords who evicted tenants they were contracted to help, as well as the death of a nursing home patient in a suburb of the city that sparked a state health department probe.

Vivian was born in Toronto, after her parents emigrated from Seoul. She now lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

Year of the OX


YOX is the collaborative project between Korean American rappers Lyricks (Rick Lee) and JL (John Lee). In 2016, the tag team released “Seven Rings,” garnering millions of views while definitely answering the question “Can Asians rap?” YOX’s song “Word to the Hyphen” was written for KoreanAmericanStory.org’s first feature length film, Happy Cleaners, as a part of its original soundtrack.


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