On Thursday, October 3rd, Jewish and Korean-Americans came together for the second annual cultural exchange and political forum entitled “Nuclear Diplomacy: Rebuking Nuclear Threats from North Korea and Iran”. Co-hosted by the Network of Korean-American Leaders (NetKAL), the Los Angeles region of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and AJC’s ACCESS Los Angeles Chapter, the event was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City and provided an opportunity for Jewish and Korean-American professionals to mingle, network and engage in dialogue on issues of mutual concern to both communities.
The forum panel included Dr. Dalia Dassa Kaye, Director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy at the RAND Corporation and Christian Whiton, former U.S. State Department diplomat and political commentator. It was moderated by Dr. Paul Song, Chief Medical Officer at American River Nutrition who also is Director of the Courage Campaign. The panelists presented their views on a wide array of concerns pertaining to the threat of North Korean and Iranian nuclear proliferation and how these threats can be addressed on the international and national levels, as well locally here in Los Angeles. Given recent developments in the Korean Peninsula and Middle East, the program proved to be most timely and provided an excellent forum to bring Jewish and Korean-American leaders together for meaningful dialog.