orean Americans for Political Advancement (KAPA) was founded in January 2006 by a group of Korean American New Yorkers to promote a progressive agenda of civil rights, immigrant rights, and economic justice, for Korean Americans and the broader community, through political action and education. 

ur goal is not simply to elect Korean or Asian American candidates to office.  Doing so will not present a qualitative resolution to the issues confronting our community, such as access to affordable housing and health care, educational inequality or funding for immigrant social services

ather, we are looking to mobilize the Korean American community and to maximize our political influence in support of candidates and allies who share our progressive agenda.


What We Do

KAPA’s goal is to maximize the political influence of the Korean American community.  It is time for us to move beyond the service and education missions traditionally associated with Korean American community organizations.  We must take affirmative action in the political arena to support candidates who will champion our progressive agenda.  We need to hold our candidates and elected officials accountable, and make them responsive to our community’s demands for policies promoting civil rights and economic justice

Here are some of the specific ways in which we hope to make a difference:

Political Action

  • Endorse progressive candidates who are committed to improving the lives of ALL Asian Americans
  • Contribute to to candidates who share our vision
  • Organize targeted political campaigns in favor of candidates we support
  • Mobilize registered voters through phone banking


  • Educate Korean and Asian American community with candidate comparisons
  • Outline policy impacts on our community
  • Mail out informational candidate and policy updates
  • Create educational materials for voters and politicians alike
  • Bring the Get-Out-The-Vote message to NYC’s Korean and Asian community
  • Organize education roundtables for exchange of information and experiences

Community Service

  • Collaborate with other progressive groups and communities of color
  • Organize leadership forums to cultivate new progressive Korean American leaders
  • Participate in community service events
  • Host social events

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