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2020

KOCKTAIL & KANAPÉ (KOREA CENTER – CHUSEOK FESTIVAL 2020)

Date: 11 October 2020 | 4pm – 5pm PT
Description: Celebrate the final day of the Chuseok Festival with professional chef Brett Gabby as he demonstrates how to make his unique kimchi cocktail & a Korean-inspired canapé — squash & Asian pear fritter with perilla honey mustard. Cheers to everyone!

Brett received his culinary degree at the International Culinary Center in New York City, graduating top of his class. He worked under talented restaurant chefs in Manhattan before moving to the private sector, where he has since cooked for high-profile clients in NYC and the Bay Area for the last 10 years. Brett was born in Korea and raised in Idaho by his adoptive family. He lived and worked in Hawaii and NYC before moving to the Bay Area and lives in Berkeley with his wife and their two boys. In his free time, he loves learning and cooking traditional and modern Korean cuisine.

Register here

Check out more events and details of this year’s Bay Area Chuseok Festival hosted by the Korea Center. https://koreancentersf.org/chuseok2020/


Virtual Potluck

Date: 18 Oct 2020 | 6pm
Who: Anyone who wants to join
Description: Join other adoptees in the group for a virtual potluck. Bring your favorite food or snack (or takeout!) and share a story behind your favorite dish. AKASF is hosting this potluck to allow adoptees to meet, connect and share a meal with those they haven’t gotten a chance to see in person. This is a great opportunity to meet and connect with other adoptees in the Bay Area community.

Zoom Link: link


Getting Reel with Deann Borshay Liem

Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) invites you to our next member event Getting Reel with Deann Borshay Liem on Saturday, September 12, 2020. This program is part of a year-long series of events celebrating CAAM’s 40th anniversary. As we reflect on CAAM’s impact to date and into the future, we are honored to present this conversation between CAAM Executive Director Stephen Gong and acclaimed filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem. Purchase your ticket here.

Deann’s work has focused on advancing more authentic representation in public media through supporting and sharing the untold stories of underrepresented communities. As a filmmaker, community leader, and our former executive director (1993-1996), she lends a unique perspective from which we can examine CAAM’s legacy and impact on the future of Asian American storytelling

This is your chance to learn more about Deann’s portfolio of groundbreaking documentaries and valuable insights on how her work has deeply affected the community. In addition to the conversation, all participants will receive a link to watch several of Deann Borshay Liem’s documentaries for a limited time. This also marks the 20th anniversary of the Emmy Award-nominated documentary, First Person Plural, which follows the story of an 8-year old girl who is adopted by an American family, only to discover years later that she has a birth family in Korea. The film explores themes of race, identity, assimilation, and birth family reunion.


Anti-Racism: An Actionable Framework for Thoughtful Allyship from Korean Adoptees

Who: Open to all adoptees
Date: 13 September 2020 | 2pm PT

AKASF will also be hosting a virtual workshop discussing tools and resources for anti-racism specific to Asian Americans with a
focus on how this relates to our experience as Korean adoptees. We’ll begin with one small exercise as a group including an open discussion allowing us to share our own narratives, personal feelings and stories. Through the use of the Asian American Racial Justice Toolkit, we’ll begin with breaking down the many constructs of American society such as identity, power and oppression and race. We hope you’ll join us to discuss how best we can integrate our own experiences as Korean adoptees as part of this model and look forward to having meaningful conversations with all of you. If you would like to support our efforts in this area, please reach out to us directly via Facebook Messenger or email us at info@aka-sf.org and we will be happy to discuss collaboration on resources, virtual events, etc.

Join us on Zoom: link


Parents Forum (virtual)

Who: All adoptee parents
Date: 09 August 2020 | 2pm – 3:30pm

Brett Gabby will be facilitating an online forum for adoptee parents. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the lives of many. AKASF is hosting this forum to allow parents to share experiences, questions, and advice. This is a great opportunity to meet and connect with other adoptee parents in the Bay Area community.

Registration: link


April Discussion Group (virtual)

Date: Sunday, April 19, 2020, 1:00pm-2:30pm
Location: Online Zoom Video call – link to come!

In these strange times of the COVID-19 pandemic, shelter-in-place orders, and all the ripple effects, let’s get together (virtually), to discuss topics including, but not limited to: social vs. physical distancing and isolation from activity groups. Currently open to AKASF members.


AKA-SF March Dinner

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020, 7-8:30pm
Location: Daol Tofu, 4301 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA | Map it!

AKA-SF members, spouses, and families, come join us for dinner together on Saturday, March 14th at 7:00 pm at Daol Tofu & Korean BBQ in Oakland. We will be meeting to share company, laughs and good food together. Hope to see you there!


“An Orphan for You”: The Rise of Korean Adoption in the 70s and 80s

Date: February, 22-23, 2020
Location: Berkeley (David Browser Center) and Oakland (Oakland Asian Cultural Center)

In cooperation with Mu Films, Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies (U.C. Berkeley), and the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Me & Korea is pleased to announce it will co-host “An Orphan for You”: The Rise of Korean Adoption in the 1970s and 80s, a free conference in Berkeley and Oakland, CA. The conference will take place over two days, from February 22-23, 2020.This conference will explore how Korean adoption, which began primarily as a rescue operation for mixed race children immediately following the Korean War, radically expanded in the 1970s and 80s. The goal is to shed light on the powerful economic, social and cultural forces that led to children being separated from their birth families and relinquished for adoption by families in the West. For more information, visit the event page.

Cost: Free to attend; optional lunch add-on


Korean Knotted Bracelets Workshop & Opening Reception

Date: January 31, 2020 (reception); February 1, 2020 (workshop)
Location: International Art Museum of America, 1023 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 | Map it!

Join artist Kumjoo Ahn and experience bojagi, the art of Korean wrapping cloth, hand embroidering and knotting jewelry, at the International Art Museum of American in SF. An opening reception for her exhibit will be held on January 31 from 5-8 pm. Then, on February 1 from 10am-12pm, sign up to attend a 90 minute workshop where you can learn bojagi and leave with your very own Korean knot bracelet.

More Info: Maedeup, the traditional Korean knot, developed into a distinctive decorative art and practical use through its long history. It was used in not only fashion, household and ritual items but also court ceremonies, the lives of the common people. It was also used to adorn musical instruments, fans, dresses, flags and palanquins. Today, knots are widely used as modern ornaments in accessories and for art.

Cost: Reception is free to attend; workshop is $35 per person, which includes all materials

2019

Geographies of Kinship World Premier

Korean Food Meet-ups

Volunteering at the Chuseok Festival

AKASF at IKAA Seoul Gathering

Holiday Dinner & Showcase