September 2020

September 9, 2020

What’s New

KYCC’s Response to COVID

Click above to read all about the hard work that KYCC staff have been doing these past several months!

Koreatown Storytelling Program Launch: Meet our participants!

And even more KYCC news!

Community News

  • The 2020 Census will be wrapping up at the end of September. Please encourage all your friends, family, and neighbors to participate in the Census via
  • Tuesday, November 3, 2020 is the Presidential Election, please register to vote online at
  • We would like to give a warm welcome to KFAM’s new Executive Director, Katherine Yeom. She has been with KFAM for the past 10 years, including 5 years as the Deputy Director.

September is National Recovery Month

National Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with mental and substance use disorders to live healthy and rewarding lives. Now in its 31st year, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those living in recovery.

September is Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15-10/16)

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The Hispanic Heritage observance began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on Sept. 15 and ending on Oct. 15.

The Sept. 15th date is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for the Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

This year’s theme – Hispanic Americans: A History of Serving Our Nation – invites us to reflect on Hispanic Americans’ service and contributions to the history of our Nation.

Here are 2 local Latin(x) companies:

September 16 is also Mexican Independence Day

Independence Day (Día de la Independencia) is a Mexican holiday to celebrate the “cry of independence” on Sept. 16, 1810, which started a revolt against the Spaniards. It follows from the day of the Cry of Dolores (El Grito de Dolores), on Sept. 15.

September 25 is National Dance Day

Join us for National Dance Day next Friday, Sept. 25, via Zoom from 4:30 to 5:00 p.m.! We will be reliving the 70’s Disco era.

August Recap: KYCC Clowns!

Data Corner

COVID-19 has disrupted the way of life for many Angelenos across all ages, race and ethnicity. Unemployment rate is at its highest since the Great Depression (around 25%) in Los Angeles, loved ones have been lost due to COVID-19, residents are in social isolation, and there is a social justice movement in response to systemic racial inequities. U.S. Census Bureau conducted weekly surveys that measured symptoms of anxiety and depression. The following shows the rate of symptoms by age and race and ethnicity characteristics in Los Angeles. To read more, click on this LA Times article.

Birthdays and KYCC Anniversaries


  • August 3 – Sabin Kim
  • August 8 – Carolina Ibarra
  • August 10 – Roberto Leon
  • August 14 – Yuri Santiago
  • August 15 – Katherine Kim
  • August 15 – Hanna Kim (Admin)
  • August 16 – Deisy Gutierrez
  • August 21 – Ricardo Brown
  • August 23 – Ligia Pacheco
  • August 24 – Amanda Rodriguez
  • August 24 – Brittany Won
  • August 24 – Jeff Yoo
  • August 26 – Renata Pastrana
  • August 27 – Kimberly Lucas
  • August 30 – Lidia Sebastian
  • September 3 – Karin Wolfe
  • September 3 – Grace Park
  • September 5 – Brenda Reynosa
  • September 6 – Charvel Valenzuela
  • September 8 – Sandra Poblano
  • September 11 – Bryan Zaragoza
  • September 11 – Christine Nguyen
  • September 14 – Gabriel Campos
  • September 14 – Soon Shin Kim
  • September 15 – Nayon Kang
  • September 15 – Porfirio Marin
  • September 22 – Anna Tumasyan
  • September 23 – Francesca LeRue
  • September 26 – Clara Rhee

Work Anniversaries

  • August 1 – 2 years – Olivia Lee
  • August 5 – 18 years – Jessica Estrada
  • August 6 – 2 years – Bitna Lee
  • August 13 – 2 years– Eric Chung
  • August 19 – 1 year – Torin Yee
  • August 22 – 4 years – Bryan Zaragoza
  • August 22 – 4 years – Moon Park
  • August 23 – 1 year – Cristina Basurto
  • August 24 – 2 years – Blanca Morales
  • September 1 – 5 years – Andy (Mr.) Kim
  • September 3 – 1 year – Kimberly Lucas
  • September 8 – 6 years – Nedette Cuerno
  • September 11 – 1 year – Margarita Munoz
  • September 13 – 4 years – Jovan Rodriguez
  • September 17 – 2 years – Ana Carlin
  • September 18 – 3 years – Clarissa Boyajian
  • September 19 – 4 years – Ligia Pacheco
  • September 19 – 4 years– Albert Rodriguez
  • September 25 – 3 years– Valerie Mireles
  • September 28 – 31 years – Seung (Ms.) Yoon

Did you know…

There are multinational forces trying to break into our servers?

On May 6th of this year, these foreign agents tried to log on to our servers over 3,000 times. Strong passwords kept them at bay.

To halt these increasing attacks, our tech team decided to implement geo-blocking.

A geo-block creates a barrier at our firewall to IP addresses outside of the U.S. This worked great.

The only problem is that some of the sites we use are hosted in foreign countries.

For you to access a website that is hosted in Ireland, we would need to allow all traffic to and from the Emerald Isle to be wide open.

We can do this but we need to track it carefully. If you’re having trouble with a specific website you would like access to, let me know.

We’ll look into whether it is being geo-blocked and see if we can open up that country.

Now you know!

Toward tired

If this was a blog post about running, I’d definitely be teaching things that would make you tired.

And if you want to learn anything about making a difference, being creative or leading, you should ask the person teaching to cover things that will make you afraid.

Because just as you have to figure out where to put the tired when you run a marathon, you’ll need to figure out where to put the fear when you do work that matters.

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