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2024

Joy Ride – Screening and discussion

When: Saturday, January 13th at 4:30pm
Where: Private Residence in Walnut Creek. RSVP for address
Who: Adoptees only please

Join us on Saturday, January 13th at 4:30 PM in Walnut Creek at a private residence to watch the film Joy Ride and have a discussion about the movie, as well as the portrayal of adoption in mainstream media. Because this will include a discussion about adoptee specific topics portrayed in the movie, this is an Adoptee only event. Please note this movie is rated R. The movie screening will be outdoors. Our host has lots of blankets but you should plan to bundle up and if you feel inclined to, bring your own blanket. We will most likely roll over into the dinner hour. Attendees are welcome to bring their favorite dish and join the potluck after the screening and discussion. 🙂

2023

2023 CHUSEOK GATHERING

When: Saturday, September 30, 2023
Where: San Francisco, CA


2023 BAY TO LA

When: Friday, 9/8/23 – Sunday, 9/10/23
Where: Koreatown, Los Angeles, CA

Join us for our annual Bay to LA (B2LA) gathering in Koreatown, Los Angeles! We hope to see you there!


AKASF | 2023 IKAA GATHERING

When: July 10th – July 16th
Where: Seoul, Korea


CROSSINGS WATCH PARTY

When: Saturday, July 22, 2023 @ 7 PM
Where: Walnut Creek, CA

Please join AKASF for a Crossings watch party.

Film synopsis: Although the Korean War was halted by an armistice in 1953, the warring parties never signed a peace treaty. Seventy years later, North Korea and the United States remain adversaries, millions remain tragically separated from their family members on opposite sides of a closed and heavily militarized border, and the threat of renewed fighting and even nuclear conflict looms. In CROSSINGS, international women peacemakers set out on a risky journey across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), calling for an end to a war that has divided the Korean peninsula. The groundbreaking mission of Women Cross DMZ is framed with historic newsreels and punctuated with contemporary news coverage.


CHIMEK DAY

When: April 1, 2023 @ 1 PM
Where: Dolores Park

AKA-SF will provide chicken 치킨
You bring beer 맥주 to share
Together we will have chimaek! 치맥

Veggie/vegan options will be available!


ED POPROPSKI | CASE 84 – ADOPTED IN THE U.S.A.

When: Saturday, February 4, 2023
Where: 446 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA

This is a storytelling show about Ed Popropski’s experience as a Korean American Adoptee. It is part comedy, part drama. There’s pop culture and movie references galore and even if you aren’t familiar with all of them, don’t worry, Ed has visuals! We hope to see you there!

2023 SEOLLAL COOKING CLASS WITH MANDOO CLUB

When: Saturday, January 21, 2023
Where: San Francisco, CA


2022

2022 AKASF 25th ANNIVERSARY & WINTER GALA

When: Saturday, December 10, 2022
Where: Pa’ina Lounge & Restaurant


2022 BAY TO LA

When: Friday, 9/16/22 – Sunday, 9/18/22
Where: Koreatown, Los Angeles, CA

Caravan down to Koreatown and gather with adopted folks from LA and San Diego on 9/16-9/18. We’ll have discussion groups, dinners and karaoke! We’ll have the most up to date info here


POTLUCK @ GOLDEN GATE PARK

When: Saturday, August 20 12-6pm
Where: Tables 10&11 at Lindley Meadow in Golden Gate Park

Come join us at Golden Gate Park for a potluck picnic and cool off from the heat 🥵 on 8/20 from 12pm-6pm.

We have tables 10&11 reserved at Lindley Meadow. We’ll be grilling up some food and ask that you bring a dish to share!

Parking is plentiful along JFK Drive. A reminder to those coming from out of town to take out any valuables from their car. Also it can get foggy and chilly towards the afternoon/evening so be sure to bring an extra jacket (or two!)

This is a family friendly event and pups are allowed too! We hope to see you there 🙂


BEACH DAY @ HALF MOON BAY

When: Saturday, August 6 at 10am
Where: Francis State Beach in Half Moon Bay

Please join us for a fun family friendly beach day at Francis Beach in Half Moon Bay on August 6 at 10am😊
It costs $10 to park. There is also parking along the street just before the paid parking lot. Public restrooms are located near the parking lot.Facebook event

POTLUCK PICNIC IN CASTRO VALLEY

When: Saturday, July 23 1-6pm
Where: Castro Valley. Location to be provided on the signup sheet on 7/22

Stephanie Meyers has graciously offered to host a potluck picnic at her house in Castro Valley on Saturday, July 23rd from 1pm-6pm. Come join the summer fun and share your favorite dish!

Exact address will be provided on the signup sheet on July 22.


KAPPY HOUR EVENT WITH KAPS & KACF

When: Friday, July 29 5-8pm
Where: Thriller Social Club SF
Cost: 8$. Reserve your spot here or pay at the door (Venmo only)

We are partnering with Korean American Professional Society (KAPS) and Korean American Community Foundation -SF (KACF-SF) to host a super fun, super special fundraising event on Friday, July 29 from 5-8PM at Thriller Social Club SF.

You can purchase your ticket(s) in advance here, or you can pay at the door (Venmo ONLY)! Tickets are $8.

What this will cover:
-Access to our special Kappy Hour Drink Menu
-Extended HH hours (5-8pm)
-A free can of Dokkaebier for the first 40 people that present their ticket!

Part of the proceeds from this fundraising event will be donated to both AKASF and KAC-SF organizations. Come out and support our community, have some fun, and just go crazy.

Hope to see you there!


SPRING SQUID GAMES

When: Sunday, May 1st 12pm-5pm
Where: Holbrook Palmer Park – Atherton

Are you ready?! The Spring Squid Games are upon us.

AKA-SF is hosting the spring Squid Games at Holbrook Palmer Park in the peninsula from 12-5pm. Costumes are highly encouraged! The games will begin promptly at 1pm.

In order to get a headcount for food and other supplies REGISTER HERE.

Even if you will not be participating in the games. You can choose between participant or VIP spectator!

This will also be a potluck picnic. Potluck Picnic Signup Here


Do you have what it takes to survive the games??!
Please RSVP by Friday, April 29th.
(this is a family friendly event, no fatal activities will be played 😉 )

BOARD GAME DAY!

When: Sunday, April 24th at 1pm
Where: The Game Parlour – 1342 Irving St SF, CA 94122

Time to roll the dice and get your (board) game on! AKA-SF will be hosting a board (and card) game day on Sunday April 24th at 1pm, at The Game Parlour in San Francisco (https://www.thegameparlour.com/) and covering the $10 registration fee.

RSVP by 4/10/2022 to save your seat here


[VIRTUAL] ASK A LAWYER: DUAL CITIZENSHIP WITH G.O.A’.L

When: Sunday April 10th, 2022 – 5pm PST
Where: Online – Register here

Have you always wondered about the pros and cons of reclaiming Korean citizenship? Come join our [virtual] joint event with G.O.A’.L on Sunday, April 10th at 5pm to learn more about Dual Citizenship and have the opportunity to have your questions answered by a Korean lawyer.

Submit your questions and register for the virtual event here! https://goal.or.kr/ask-a-lawyer-dual-citizenship/


DISCUSSION GROUP [IN PERSON] AT LIVE OAK PARK IN BERKELEY

When: Sunday, Feb 20 from 12:30pm-2pm
Where: Live Oak Park in Berkeley

We’re so excited to announce our first event of the year, a discussion group! Come chat and reconnect with each other at Live Oak Park in Berkeley on Sunday, Feb 20 from 12:30pm-2pm. We will be at the field next to the basketball court.

This first discussion group will be to get ideas of what topics everyone is interested in for future events. In the past we’ve picked podcasts to discuss, returning to Korea, the increase in anti Asian violence and so on.

Light refreshments will be served. Please feel free to bring snacks! Hope to see you there


2021

KAD BOOK CLUB | MINOR FEELINGS: AN ASIAN AMERICAN RECKONING

When: September – October

We will be reading Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong in the month of September and October and hosting a virtual book club and discussion in mid – October. Minor Feelings is comprised of 7 essays about growing up Asian-American in the US. In this book club and discussion group, we will have conversations about our experiences as adoptees growing up in a predominantly white society and the emotions that are felt by marginalized minority groups, aka ‘Minor Feelings’.

Session dates/times and Zoom links can be found here


2022 BAY TO LA

When: September 24, 2021 – September 26, 2021

We’re officially kicking off our Bay to LA trip. We’ll be meeting up with our friends in the AKA-So Cal group for dinner, drinks and a screening of Blue Bayou (and more dinner and more drinks!).

The official signup sheet and general itinerary is here. We hope you will be able to join!

As we finalize headcount, registration for this event will close 8/15. If you sign up after 8/15 you will be responsible for securing your own transportation and accommodations for the event.


PASTA PARTY

Where: The Great Impasta – 318 Sycamore Valley Rd West, Danville, CA 94526
When: Saturday, September 4th at 2pm

Come join us and support a KAD owned business by eating pasta at The Great Impasta in Danville. We hope to see you there!


VIRTUAL SOJU TALKS

When: Friday, August 20th at 6pm

Bring your beverages and chat with other KADS in this virtual happy hour.


MEETUP AT DALY CITY H-MART

Sunday, July 18th @ 12:00pm PST
Where: Daly City H Mart

Let’s check out the new H Mart in Daly City and get some snacks, chat and eat at the food court! This event will mostly be inside, other than waiting in line outside to get in. The wait time can vary and be busy, but we figure it’s better to wait in line with friends 😉.

🍾 SOJU TALKS 🍾

Where: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89118759372 (click this link at the time of the event)
When: Friday, June 11TH @ 6:00PM PST

Bring your favorite beverages and chat with other KADS in this virtual happy hour. We’ll be joining with our friends down south in San Diego for some California fun ☀️🌴
Also since this is virtual – this event is open to all!! Hope to see you there 💃🏻


HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL FOR YOU

Where: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85698788803 (click this link at the time of the event)
When: Sunday, May 23RD @ 2:30PM PST

Join us on Sunday, May 23rd at 2:30pm PST to chat with Korean Adoptee and Clinical Therapist, Josh Heitzmann about how to find the right mental health professional for you. We’ll be going over what to look for, what questions to ask and how to get started!


STOP ASIAN HATE | DISCUSSION GROUP (CONTINUED)

Who: Adoptees
When: Saturday May 1st | 2PM
Where: Zoom

A fun and safe community supported space discussing Asian American and Adoptee related content.
This month we will connect, discuss and share their experiences and feelings around recent rise in attacks against Asians and standing against Asian hate crimes.

🍾 SOJU TALKS 🍾

Who: Adoptees, Family members, friends
When: Friday April 16th | 6:30pm PST
Where: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87243516171

Kick back and join us for another round of virtual Soju Talks. Bring your favorite soju, alcoholic beverage, korean beverage, or even water as we talk about anything you would like to share with fellow Korean Adoptee


🗣 VIRTUAL TOWN HALL 🗣 

When: Saturday, Feb 6th @ 12pm PST
Facebook: Event link
Where: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84384820156?pwd=WXhwUUNvdzliS2lLS1MvZHFWbWR0UT09

Calling all KADs in the Bay Area: we want to hear from you! Come meet your new 2021 AKA-SF Board Members in this Virtual Town Hall. We’ll be sharing upcoming events planned for the year as well as getting feedback and ideas from you for future events and content you’d like to see.


🇰🇷✈️ Return to the Motherland | Discussion Group ✈️🇰🇷

Who: Adoptees
When: Saturday, February 13th  | 2:30pm PST
Where: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81935475655

Feeling home sick for Korea? These shelter in place orders and quarantine have got us feeling landlocked, but we don’t have to do it alone. Come chat with other Adoptees missing the homeland or wanting to go to Korea in this Discussion Group.


🍾 SOJU TALKS 🍾

Who: Adoptees, Family members, friends
When: Friday February 26th | 6:30pm PST
Where: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81935475655

Kick back and join us for another round of virtual Soju Talks. Bring your favorite soju, alcoholic beverage, korean beverage, or even water as we talk about anything you would like to share with fellow Korean Adoptees!

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 | ACTIONABLE FRAMEWORK FOR THOUGHTFUL ALLYSHIP

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.organd 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 70’s & 80’s

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 PRMIER


KOREAN FOOD MEET-UPS


SAN FRANCISCO CHUSEOK FESTIVAL | VOLUNTEER EVENTS


AKASF | 2019 IKAA GATHERING


HOLIDAY DINNER & SHOWCASE