Dear Korean American Communication Association (KACA) members,
I hope all is well with you and you are starting off this new semester with renewed hope and positive energy, despite this ever evolving uncertainty. This has been a remarkable period of time where our resilience and perseverance have been tested. Despite sudden changes and disruptions occurring in our personal and professional lives, your unyielding support and engagement for KACA has been the foundation of our core existence and progress this year. Thank you very much for being a valuable member, supporting us during this difficult time of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Despite many difficulties, I am humbled by the fact that our membership support has increased. We have experienced approximately a 43% increase in our membership. This level of support is remarkable. Many thanks go out to our members who have shown their loyalty to our mission and community. With this increased membership, we have been able to provide and recognize our outstanding members’ achievements through many different venues (i.e. awards and grants) at all our major conferences (e.g. NCA, ICA, and AEJMC) and beyond (i.e. the first KACA and KADPR’s joint conference that was held in early August, this year).
My special thanks also go out to all our current officers, including all the subcommittee members, and others who volunteered to serve as reviewers, discussants, and participants, who have worked tirelessly to adapt to this unpresented crisis in our time and successfully carry out their services beyond what was expected. I cannot express my heartfelt appreciation enough for all of you who have shown your passion and care for this community of Korean American communication scholars. Thank you!
Back in September last year, I started my presidency with three major priorities: a) work to establish an internationally renowned, peer-reviewed journal, b) elevate its global status by reaching out to and partnering with other individuals/organizations who are interested in Korean American communication scholarship, and c) foster the next generation of communication scholars and professionals through networking opportunities and active information sharing/mentoring. Per the establishment of a scholarly outlet, our journal committee worked hard to establish basic protocols to launch the journal for our scholarship outlet and the executive committee is preparing to present its bylaws to our membership to legitimize and endorse the establishment of the academic journal that will be sponsored by KACA. The proposed bylaws will be introduced and discussed before the end of this year to our membership. Per elevating KACA’s global status, we have reached out to other institutions and individuals to establish collaborative opportunities for scholarly information exchange and communication. Per fostering of the next generation of communication scholars and professionals, we have provided many opportunities for scholars/graduate students networking and socials offline as well as online. We shall continuously offer and expand opportunities to promote our scholars and students and help them in their academic and professional success.
Our country is facing unprecedented challenges to make society more fair and just while fighting against the COVID-19 global pandemic. We, KACA, have been an active participant in making critical communication issues salient and in finding ways to prevail during this ever-evolving crisis. We have tirelessly called out discriminatory practices that are directly and indirectly affecting our community of Korean American communication scholars. We have joined in force to speak out against any discriminatory policy decisions and practices that have been threatening our international students’ pursuit of higher education. We also have hosted virtual seminars, socials, and a joint conference to provide additional values to our members and we are committed to continue efforts to make our members proud of KACA and his/her membership.
KACA today is not the KACA it used to be when I first attended the AEJMC conference for the first time as a Ph.D. student back in 1998. Now, more than 30 officers are working hard behind the scenes to make our community grow and succeed. I am very proud of all the hard work our predecessors devoted to help us grow and I am very proud of and thankful to all our current officers for their hard work. Most of all, I am very proud of you who have pursued your own academic and career dream to be successful despite all the challenges we face. We look forward to continuously working with and for you during and beyond our term!
Moon J. Lee, Ph.D.
President, 2019 – 2021
Recap: KACA at 2020 AEJMChttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2p5Hpkljw8&feature=youtu.be
Recap: KACA & KADPRhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4TP4UEpHqo&feature=youtu.be