Over ten community members in the U.S. and South Korea who provide guidance, support and great ideas to keep the project going strong. A partial list of members includes:
Judy Ju Hui Han
Ju Hui Judy Han is an immigrant Korean/American lesbian living in Vancouver, Canada. She is an activist, comic book artist, and a PhD candidate in geography at UC Berkeley. She has participated in progressive and queer Korean/American activism for over 15 years, and was a founding board member of Californians for Justice and National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. In 2000 she was involved in a counter-campaign that successfully organized against homophobic Korean churches in Southern California, and is now writing her dissertation on conservative Korean Christianity and evangelical missions. Her writings and artwork have been published in a range of books and journals.
Matt Kelley is a writer based in Seoul. As founder of The MAVIN Foundation, he served on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Census Advisory Committee, edited a book and produced a film on the mixed race experience. A Seattle native, he has volunteered extensively with API, Black, queer and youth-focused organizations.
A former Iban/QKNY member, Elaine has been an organizer, trainer and consultant with a number of organizations including the New York City Organizing Support Center, the New York State Black Gay Network and the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund. Elaine has been also been a lecturer at SUNY Purchase and York College and has held writing workshops at the Audre Lorde Project and as part of Right to Write, a program for women at the Westchester County Correctional Facility. Born and raised in Michigan, Elaine is at work on her first novel.
Hyun Lee is an acupuncture student, soon to be a licensed practitioner, and member of Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, an organization of progressive Korean activists dedicated to ending U.S. war and militarism and achieving peaceful national unification of the Korean people.
Jay is a 1.5-generation Korean American. He resides in Queens, and is currently working in Psychiatry research.
Un Jung Lim
Un Jung is a 1.5-generation Korean American Queer & Lesbian identified woman. Un Jung and her young brother were raised in Sheffied, Massachusetts by her 외할아버지 & 외할머니 grandparents. Un Jung grew up in and out of New York City visiting her parents who lived in various parts of Queens. Un Jung was the 1st woman in her family to graduate from college. Un Jung graduated with a Bachelors in Asian American & Multicultural studies from Mount Holyoke College, the 1st all women’s college in the United States. Un Jung earned her Masters degree in Social Work at the Hunter College School of Social Work focusing on administration & clinical services for marginalized & high risk adolescents and young adults. Un Jung is a Licensed Master Social Worker who works as a Care Coordinator at the Health Outreach To Teens (HOTT) Program within the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, a medical facility that focuses on serving LGBTIGN people. Un Jung is a co-founding member of Dari Project and Q-Wave, an LGBT grassroots, volunteer based, community organization for women & trans people. When Un Jung is not fighting for social justice & anti-oppression; Un Jung likes to chill with her chihuahua Cherri, eat delicious food with her partner, enjoy artistic performances, listen to inspirational church services, and is known to bust a move, in high heels, on the dance floor.
Pauline Park was born in Korea, adopted by European American parents and raised in the Midwest. She did her Ph.D. in political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and came out as an openly transgendered woman after moving to Queens in 1997. Park has co-founded numerous organizations, including Gay Asians & Pacific Islanders of Chicago in 1994, Queens Pride House in 1997, and the Guillermo Vasquez Independent Democratic Club of Queens in 2001. She served as coordinator of Iban/Queer Koreans of New York, and was on the steering committee of Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York in 1999 and 2000. In 1998, Park co-founded the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy and led the campaign for passage of Int. No. 24, the transgender rights ordinance enacted by the New York City Council as Local Law 3 of 2002. She helped draft guidelines for the statutes implementation, which were adopted by the Commission on Human Rights in 2004. Park negotiated inclusion of gender identity and expression in the Dignity for All Students Act, a safe schools bill currently pending in the New York state legislature, and served on the steering committee of the coalition that secured the bill’s enactment by the New York City Council in 2004. Park has written extensively on LGBT issues and has conducted transgender sensitivity training sessions for a range of service providers and community-based organizations. She was the subject of “Envisioning Justice: The Journey of a Transgendered Woman,” a documentary on her life and work by Larry Tung that premiered at the New York LGBT Film Festival in 2008.
Dredge Byung’chu Kang