A continual lack of up-to-date, targeted studies focused on the plights of the underserved Korean and APIA communities has driven KCCD’s Research Institute to pursue and provide funding to produce high quality reports detailing the extensive needs of these underserved minority communities. KCCD’s Research Institute strives to provide in-depth, insightful studies to provide accurate accounts and equal representation to the Korean American and APIA communities.
Planning for the Golden Years: Research Study of Korean Americans on Asset Building & Retirement Planning Activities
This study was funded by Insight Center for Community Economic Development and the Ford Foundation to study Korean Americans and asset building/retirement planning attitudes, knowledge, and practices. KCCD surveyed 489 Korean Americans in Los Angeles and Orange Counties in southern California. Six focus groups and five key informant interviews were conducted to provide qualitative data to interpret and explain the survey data.
Korean American Churches
Community Development Activities & Opportunities of Korean American Churches
This study was presented at the 2008 White House Conference, in regards to the Faith-Based and Community Initiative. The report documents the community initiatives of the Korean American church community, identifies some of the challenges and opportunities Korean American churches encounter when collaborating with the community, and identifies strategies for partnering with Korean faith leaders.
Korean American Churches as Partners in Community Development: The Untold Story
This study was funded by the Fannie Mae Foundation and it covers the Korean American churches’ involvement in the community. Although the history and contribution of Korean Americans and of Korean American churches is rich and diverse with over hundred years in the U.S., the 1992 Los Angeles Riot and the media’s one-sided and biased portrayal of Korean Americans devastated the community destroying over 2,000 businesses and tarnishing the image of Koreans as being rude, greedy and selfish. Despite such negative images, this report presents another story – the untold story of Korean Americans and of Korean American churches as partners in community development whose efforts and generosity to rebuild neighborhoods and to give hope and assistance to those in need locally and internationally have yet to be recognized. More importantly, this report presents the community’s desire to serve in greater ways in partnership with government and other public and private entities as well as with other ethnic communities including African American and Latino neighbors.
Youth and Families
Pushed to the Edge: Asian American Youth At Risk
KCCD summarizes trends concerning Asian American youth, bringing higher visibility to the issues facing Asian Americans in the U.S., and in particular, Southern California. The report also highlights promising practices to address the needs identified, aiming to help reverse the emerging trends and rekindle a sense of hope.
Best Practices and Innovative Service Delivery Approaches of Asian American and Pacific Islander Youth Serving Organizations
This report was presented at the 2008 White House Conference, in regards to the Faith-Based and Community Initiative. The report assesses the patterns and behaviors of Asian American and Pacific Islander youth involved in violence, gangs, and juvenile crime, and also identifies and recommends best practices and innovative service delivery approaches for preventing patterns of violence and delinquency.
Strengthening Families in the Korean/Asian Immigrant Community
This white paper on “Strengthening Families in the Korean/Asian Immigrant Community” was prepared for the Women‘s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor to support a secure, prepared, and competitive workforce. Prior research indicates that domestic violence impacts a victim‘s ability to seek and retain employment. This study was commissioned by the Women‘s Bureau to examine the incidence and impact of domestic violence within a particular community -- the Korean/Asian immigrant community -- and the role of faith-based and service organizations in responding to such violence. This report makes recommendations on how to provide professional assistance and training about domestic violence to pastors and churches, offers suggestions on making additional resources available to the community at large, and recommends the need for further data.