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The 1992 L.A. Riots had a detrimental effect on more than two thousand Korean American business owners and shocked the nation. The Korean American community had a firsthand experience on how, as a minority, they were not only neglected in the midst of this tragic event, but were also made scapegoats as the cause of the riots. The L.A. Riots destroyed the livelihood of an immense number of Korean Americans. Yet, the Korean American community received no remunerations, nor public support from politicians. We acknowledged that this could be attributed to the social divisions and political underdevelopment of the Korean American society in the United States. With the strong realization that change is critical in the Korean American community, KAVC was established in 1996 with three basic, yet fundamental, objectives to accomplish:
1. The Political Empowerment of the Community
A large number of voters create the foundation of political empowerment. Only by casting their votes and raising their collective voice, Korean Americans can empower themselves and their community. KAVC has been conducting voter registration drives at a variety of venues, including Korean American churches and community centers.
2. The Recruitment and Training of the Youth
At the core of KAVC stands the youth of Korean Americans. They remain at the center of our mission to unite and empower the Korean American community. Many young volunteers gathered for the preparation, establishment, and operation of KAVC. Working for KAVC has enabled the young Korean Americans to cultivate a rich cultural identity adaptable to both mainstream American and Korean American society.
3. The Enrichment of the Korean Spirit and Culture
The cornerstone of KAVC is the many young volunteers who are willing to make a difference in the community. These volunteers teach Korean language, traditional music and dance, history and culture every Saturday to the young Korean Americans at the CoreanCenter. By doing so, KAVC instills a strong sense of cultural identity and social unity into the Korean American community.
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