2013 Summary & Year-End Appeal

Happy Holidays everyone!

Thank you for your support during the past year!

In 2013, your generous support enabled us to create over 50 original stories capturing the Korean American experience in writing and video. These are stories of the Korean American experience that we can leave behind for future generations.


With the funds from our Annual Benefit in May, 2013, we were able to purchase new video recording and editing equipment. This enabled us to branch out to do Legacy Project recordings in Los Angeles, CA. In 2014, we are planning to bring the Legacy Project recordings to Boston, Baltimore, Chicago and other cities!


We are pleased to share that our unique fiction and non-fiction content is being recognized by other organizations including educational institutions. For example, several of our stories have been selected and included in the curriculum on the Korean American experience by the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE).

Please help us capture these important stories at KoreanAmericanStory.org with your tax-deductible, year-end contribution

Or email your pledge to: donate@KoreanAmericanStory.org

KoreanAmericanStory.org is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and is volunteer run with no paid staff. This means that 100% of donated funds goes toward content development.

Thank you!

HJ Lee

President, KoreanAmericanStory.org

Please click on MORE… to see links to videos and written pieces you may have missed.

Here are a couple of Legacy Project Recordings from our Los Angeles recording (Click on the photos to see the videos):

Check out some of the stories you may have missed:

An original short story, Without Remedy, by Paul Cook, which chronicles the escalating tension between two families: one ex-gang Chicano and the other Korean. Fueled by misunderstandings and resentments, the two families battle to exert their will and dominance over their tiny plots of the American Dream.

A Father’s Day tribute, Meat Means Love, by Grace Jahng Lee. It chronicles the author’s journey as she becomes a vegetarian at age 11 and the confusion it causes her parents for whom providing meat is viewed as an important parental obligation as Korean Americans.

Mark Ro Beyersdorf is a queer, second-generation, mixed-race Korean American activist. He shared his honest, painful and touching story of coming out to his parents in his Korean American Story

An important piece by Pearl Park titled Disclosing Mental Illness Among Korean Americans Is Losing Face. This article explores the prevalence of stigma attached to mental illness in the Korean American community, as well as the importance of treating mental illness as early as possible.

A profile of Dr. Fia Lee, Running with the Boys, was written by our regular contributor Grace Jahng Lee. Dr. Lee is a 35 year old Korean American Colorectal surgeon, who is a Major in the U.S. Air Force who was deployed as a general surgeon to Bagram, Afghanistan for seven months.

Please Volunteer

If you’d like to volunteer your time and services, please contact HJ Lee via email: HJ@KoreanAmericanStory.org. We need help from web developers, graphic designers, accountants, Legacy Project program managers and outreach & development managers. Please reach out and volunteer yourself!

Create Content for KoreanAmericanStory.org

We are looking for journalists, writers, filmmakers, photographers to submit content to KoreanAmericanStory.org. If your content is published, you will be compensated. If you would like to find out more about working with us, want to submit content or discuss a proposal about a special piece, email: HJ@KoreanAmericanStory.org

Make a Year-End Donation

Or email your pledge to: donate@KoreanAmericanStory.org