NAKASEC is proud to present New Narratives—a special online fundraising event on Thursday, June 29, 7-8 PM CT.

New Narratives is a celebration of writers Nicole Chung and Crystal Hana Kim and their works—and more broadly, NAKASEC's belief in the importance of telling our own stories. As marginalized communities, too often our voices are silenced, ignored, or rejected. Both Nicole and Crystal are emerging voices in the literary scene who are increasing visibility and understanding of Asian American experiences. At NAKASEC, we believe in centering and uplifting the voices of those directly impacted. We believe that the best people to speak about their experiences, needs, dreams, and solutions are the people themselves. In practicing this, we can write our own histories, live our present truths, and work together to envision and create a future that embraces us all.

About NAKASEC: The National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC) is a national network of 5 affiliates in 6 states. Together, we work to advance the rights and opportunities of Korean and Asian Americans and immigrants at local, state, and federal levels.
When you purchase a ticket or sponsorship, you will help NAKASEC:

  • Amplify progressive values and build power throughout Asian American communities;
  • Support NAKASEC affiliate organizations to provide community members with critical social services, education, and resources in Illinois,Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Texas, and Virginia;
  • Provide safe spaces and develop resources to support undocumented community members;
  • Support NAKASEC in advancing immigrant justice through local, state, and federal legislation and policy;
  • Raise awareness and build support for the Adoptee Citizenship Act, legislation that will grant U.S. citizenship to intercountry adoptees;
  • Strengthen coalitions with other communities of color with shared values.
  • About the Panel

    Nicole Chung is the author of the new memoir. A Living Remedy (April 4, 2023) and the national bestseller All You Can Ever Know (2018). Named a Best Book of the Year by over twenty outlets, including NPR, The Washington Post, Time, and Library Journal, All You Can Ever Know was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and NAIBA Book of the Year, a semifinalist for the PEN Open Book Award, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and an Indies Choice Honor Book. Nicole is currently a contributing writer at The Atlantic, a Time contributor, and a Slate columnist. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, GQ,The Cut, and Vulture. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in the Washington, DC area.

    Crystal Hana Kim is the author of If You Leave Me, which was named a best book of 2018 by over a dozen publications. Kim is the recipient of the 2022 National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 Award and is a 2017 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize winner. Currently, she is the Visiting Assistant Professor at Queens College and a contributing editor at Apogee Journal. Her second novel, The Stone Home, is forthcoming in Spring 2024 from William Morrow. Kim lives with her family in Brooklyn, NY.

    Kyung B. Yoon is the president and co-founder of the Korean American Community Foundation (KACF), the first and largest philanthropic organization in the U.S. dedicated to strengthening Korean American communities. Her career in poverty alleviation, development economics, and media encompasses her roles as the Executive Producer of Television at the World Bank Institute and a correspondent for WNYW-Fox Channel 5 where she made history as the first Korean American broadcast reporter in NYC. Kyung is currently a contributing reporter to CUNY-TV’s Asian American Life, which is broadcast nationally on PBS stations and for which she received an Emmy nomination. She has previously served as the board chair of Philanthropy New York and Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, as a trustee of the New York Foundation, and as a board member of the United Way of New York City.

    A Zoom link to access the event will be emailed in advance. Deadline for sponsorships is May 30. Please contact NAKASEC Development Manager Jimmy Byrne at jimmy@nakasec.org or 315.559.9512 with any questions.