NetKAL Legacy Dinner Media Coverage

On Thursday, July 12, 2012, South Korean Consul-General, Yeon-Sung Shin, joined Dean Marilyn Flynn at the University of Souther California.  Approximately 100 NetKAL supporters at the Consul-General’s residence in Los Angeles came out to recognize the work the Network of Korean-American Leaders fellowship program did in promoting civic leadership among successful Korean-American professionals.

Two television stations, SBS and MBC America, included the coverage in their evening news the following day, July 13th.  Check out the two YouTube links below:



For more information, check out additional coverage of the event in the Korea Daily News and/or the Korea Times News.



Korea Games Market Report

Pearl Research, a business intelligence and consulting firm, specializing in the Internet and technology markets, released a report analyzing the growing smartphone and mobile games market in Korea.  Looking at the 27 million smartphones in Korea, they found that 61% of Korean smartphone users play games on their phone while also having around 26 downloaded applications.

The study also looks into the profiles of SK Telecom, Com2us, Nexon, and CJ E&M, just to name a few.

If you want to get the highlights of the report, take a look at the article here by The Sacramento Bee.

If you want to take a look into the report, feel free to view it here by ReportLinker.

South Korea Considers Halting Oil Import

South Korea, one of the major consumers of Iranian oil in Asia, recently announced that it would stop importing Iranian oil.  For this reason, Iran, in turn, threatened to stop importing all goods from South Korea.  Yesterday, Tuesday, South Korea was considering the suspension of all Iranian oil imports due to a European Union insurance ban on tankers carrying oil from Iran.

For more information, check out the article on CNN here or copy/paste the following link:

The LA City Council Redistricting Plan Disappoints

According to the Los Angeles Times, the LA Redistricting Commission voted 16 to 5, approving the redistricting plan.  However, some members, such as Jose Cornejo, refers to the process and the proposed district lines themselves as “ugly.”  Commissioner David Roberti, former state senator, admits his guilty conscious in rejecting the demands of hundreds of Korean Americans.  To find out more, read here.

North Korea Halts Nuclear Program for U.S. Aid

North Korea announced its nuclear weapons tests and uranium enrichment suspension.  Although the feelings toward North Korea’s new leader, Kim Jong-Un, is mixed, his agreement to halt its nuclear program in exchange for food aid leaves room for potential negotiations and engagement with the U.S.  For more information, click here.

Kim Jong-Un with Soldiers
By Steven Lee Myers & Cho Sang-Hun via The New York Times

Highlights from: A Community of Contrasts Asian Americans in the United States: 2011

Published by Asian American Center for Advancing Justice
Primary Researcher & Co-Author: Asian Pacific American Legal Center
Co-Author: Asian American Justice Center

Overall Summary: Korean Americans are the fifth largest Asian American ethnic group. Approximately 65% are foreign-born, and 29% of the foreign-born population entered between 2000 and 2010. The majority of legal permanent residents born in South Korea (52%) entered under employment-based preferences, while 48% entered as the immediate relatives of U.S. citizens or under family-sponsored preferences. Approximately 71% of Korean Americans speak a language other than English at home, 41% are limited-English proficient, and 31% live in linguistically isolated households. Over one in five Korean Americans are without health insurance.


  • Korean Americans are fifth largest Asian-American ethnic groups after Chinese, Filipino, Indian, and Vietnamese.
  • The population growth of Korean-Americans is 39%. The fast growing group Bangladeshi recorded 157%. Pakistani and Sri Lanken followed with 100% and 85%. Chinese and Japanese showed 39% and 14%.
  • Percent of population that is mixed race: Korean-Americans ranked 6th with 14%. Japanese were the first with 35%, Indonesian and Thai were also the top group with 26% and 23%.
  • Percent of population who are foreign-born among Korean Americans is 65%. This rate is higher than other major groups such as Chinese (61%), Filipino (53%) and Japanese (28%).    

Civic Engagement

  • About half (54%) of  foreign born Korean-Americans have naturalized.
  •  There are 240,000 legal permanent residents and 140,000 are able to naturalize.
  • Percent of population who are foreign-born among Korean-Americans is 65%. This rate is higher than other major groups such as Chinese (61%), Filipino (53%) and Japanese (28%).


  • 52% of South Korean-born persons obtaining Legal Permanent Resident status in 2010 entered under employment based preferences.
  • The undocumented population of Korean-Americans dropped from approximately 240,000 in 2008 to 170,000 in 2010.


  • The median age of Korean Americans is 33, making them younger than the overall age of U.S. population (37) and non-Hispanic Whites (41). Over one-quarter of Korean Americans are children under the age of 18.


  • Approximately 71% of Korean Americans speak a language other than English at home. This is lower than other Asian American groups such as Bangladeshi (92%), Vietnamese (84%) and Chinese (77%).
  • Approximately 41% of Korean-Americans are limited-English proficient (LEP) and experience some difficulty communicating in English. This rate is lower than Vietnamese (51%), but higher than Japanese (18%).
  • 31% of Korean-Americans are linguistically isolated; they are the 2nd largest group after Vietnamese (35%).


  • 92% of Korean Americans acquired high school diploma and 52% received a Bachelor’s degree (6th). Taiwanese showed the highest rate which had 95% high school degree and 73% college degree. Indonesians and Japanese followed after.

Income & Poverty

  • Korean-Americans’ house income is lower than the average total income ($27,100). Korean-Americans earned $26,118, which is lower than the average of other major Asian groups (Taiwanese, Japanese, Chinese).
  • Approximately one fifth of Korean-American seniors (age 64+) live in poverty, which is the highest rate among Asian-American groups.
  • Roughly 2% of Korean-American households access cash public assistance. This is significantly lower than other groups such as Hmong (13%), Cambodians (8%).


  • Korean-Americans are less likely to be unemployed. Stats indicate that the unemployment rate of Korean-Americans is 6%, lower than the average rate of 8%. Hmong and Cambodians showed the highest unemployment rate with 11% and 8%.


  • Less than half of Korean-Americans own their homes. This rate is lower than other major groups such as Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, and Vietnamese.


  • Korean Americans are twice as likely as non-Hispanic Whites to contract hepatitis.
  • More than one fifth of Korean-Americans are uninsured, they are 3rd largest group that do not have the health insurance.


You can access the full report here.

David Kim on “Undercover Boss”

The CBS hit show, “Undercover Boss,” allows CEOs and high ranking executives a chance to experience what goes on behind the scenes in a company’s daily operations. Our NetKAL Advisor, David Kim, CEO of Baja Fresh, was featured on the April 10th “Undercover Boss” episode.

While undercover, David took up different jobs to not only connect with his employees, but to also make sure customer service was at its best. These jobs included positions as General Manager, Cashier, Store Manager and Operations Manager.

David was not only our distinguished speaker at the University Club for the NetKAL IV cohort in New York on July 19, 2008, but he also attended two NetKAL Summits, staying connected with us for a long time. Now, he is the first Asian American CEO to feature on this program, serving as a role model for the Asian American community, hoping to disseminate the positive “can do spirit” to those who have economic difficulties.

David Kim shares:
“I hope you enjoyed the Baja Fresh episode of Undercover Boss. I greatly enjoyed working on the front line and learning more about our great company and the hard work that occurs daily. The Baja Fresh family rocks even more than I already knew and I saw our guests are very passionate about our food. I also learned that making a Burrito Ultimo is about as easy as cutting your own hair – I’m lousy at it!” (Baja Fresh)