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Booksori #59


 Speaker:  Mel Kang

President, Korean American Historical Society (KAHS)


Book: Han In the Upper Left:

A Brief History of Korean Americans in the Pacific Northwest



Saturday April 21, 2018 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

East Asia Library (Gowen 3rd Floor)

2M Seminar Room


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Mel Kang, President of KAHS

I attended Antioch Law School in Washington, D.C.  After 24 years of practicing labor law – 10 at the National Labor Relations Board and 14 in private practice representing unions and union benefit funds – I retired in 2002.  I have volunteered at the Korean Community Service Center pro bono legal clinic since it was founded and I am l currently President of the Korean American Historical Society.  I am also a member of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO – a group of Asian labor activists who fight for worker and immigrant rights and promote Asian participation in unions and union leadership.  


About the Book

Han in the Upper Left tells the many stories of Korean Americans in the Pacific Northwest, from picture brides and salmon cannery workers of the early twentieth century to families landing at Sea-Tac in the twenty-first century. Through moving accounts, innovative analyses, and engaging photographs, this book captures the vibrancy and complexity of Korean American lives and communities, in the past and in the present. [KAHS]