KACA’s Official Statement against Pervasive Racism against Blacks, June 4, 2020
In the wake of George Floyd’s death, once again, we mourn with the family of George and the families of those who have lost their sons and daughters and brothers and sisters over this systematic, institutionalized racism against black people, persisting in this country after many centuries of history.
America in the 21st century will not go backward to stand silent to such injustices inflicted on black people. We, Korean American Communication Association, on behalf of 700 Korean American current and future communication scholars and professionals, strongly condemn systematic racism and injustice perpetuated against black people in North America.
It is unacceptable to even imagine that we are living in a society where we can get killed or harassed because of our own skin color. The fundamental of democracy is the people’s voice and freedom. Any attempt(s) to silence the voice of people as well as conveyers of those voices will not be tolerated.
Thus, our official stands are:
1. We strongly condemn any institutionalized racism against black people in North America.
2. We strongly oppose any attempt to silence the people’s voice and freedom of assembly.
3. We strongly oppose any attack on reporters/journalists performing their duties of investigation and reporting on the people’s exercise of freedom of speech and expression.
We are in strong solidarity with all the people in this country who are against racism and bigotry toward black people and other communities.
We strongly demand that the government be accountable and bring real change and progress to eradicate such stubborn racism and injustice.
Welcome message from the new KACA president, Dr. Moon J. Lee:
Welcome to Korean American Communication Association (KACA)!
We are the premier academic association for Korean American scholars engaged in research, teaching, and application of communication in various sectors of society with the highest standards and professional ethics. Thank you very much for being a member! I am honored to serve you as the 16th President of KACA (2019-2021).
First of all, our special thanks go out to all those predecessors and previous officers, including my immediate predecessor, Dr. Eyun-Jung Ki, and the other officers, who worked tirelessly to build this organization for the last four decades. Without their selfless service and vision, we would not have been where we are now. Thank you!
KACA was formally established in 1978 by a small group of Korean American communication scholars. Over the last four decades, KACA has become the premier academic association for Korean American communication scholars, students, and professionals with over 500 members. Our flagship events are hosting academic sessions in three major national/international conferences, International Communication Association (ICA), National Communication Association (NCA), and Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). We also expand our global reach by strengthening our global alliance with other media and academic organizations around the world.
I would like to continue the legacy of those who have supported KACA for the last four decades. There are three main priorities: First, to be the center of communication scholarship related to Korean and American communication, we will help establish an internationally renowned, peer-reviewed journal as an academic outlet for Korean American scholarship.
Second, to elevate its global statue, we must reach out to individuals/organizations who are interested in Korean American communication scholarship and partner with other international organizations to promote KACA’s mission and its priorities beyond the Korean American community, as traditionally sought.
Third, we must actively engage in fostering of the next generation of communication scholars and professionals through networking opportunities and active information sharing/mentoring.
I must admit that these priorities are little more than nice words if we do not have your support and help! Let’s join the force to continue the legacy of those who had contributed and supported to KACA.
We look forward to working with and for you during and beyond our term!