Documentary records Washington Korean American community

July 28, 2015

By The Korea Times Seattle staff

The Korean American Coalition of Washington has begun work on a documentary detailing the Korean American community.

The project is led by KAC-WA Vice President Julie Kang, directed by local filmmaker Jay Koh and helped by a group of students in high school and at the University of Washington.

Filming started last month. With a goal of introducing the community to the rest of society, the staff has gone to local Korean American events and interviewed prominent community figures and leaders, including Washington Governor Jay Inslee.

“We’re planning on leaving a record of the Washington Korean American community and its power through this project,” Kang said.

University and government officials do not recognize the increased demand for learning the Korean language due to the influence of K-pop and Hallyu, she said. The video will help cast a light on the need for Korean courses.

“This project’s goal is to record the Korean American community, but it’s also a chance to educate the younger generation of Korean Americans and give them mentorship,” said KAC-WA President Lee Joon-woo.

The coalition plans to show the completed video through a handful of events.