Summer Series: Session #1

Theme 1: Identity & History
“Korean American Literature: Writing Into Dream” with award-winning author Dr. Stephanie Han

The IgniteNextGen Summer Series is a career-focused leadership webinar series intended to help young Asian Americans across the country learn professional skills that will prepare them for the following years and help them to think strategically about their career.

In the wake of COVID-19, college students and recent graduates have found themselves with school closures and canceled summer opportunities. In response, we’ve curated a Summer Series to work with students/recent graduates to develop skills that will help them to be successful in their careers and life. We want to invite young professionals to a transformative experience and spark a fire of hope into their careers and life!

We believe leadership-building starts with identity-building.  

Being confident in who we are reflects in how we interact with others. That is why we brought in award-winning author Dr. Stephanie Han to help young professionals explore identity. In our Summer Series Session 1, Dr. Stephanie Han engaged young leaders in an overview lecture of 20th/21st century Korean American literature and its main themes of nation, family, memory, and race.

If you missed it, you can watch the live recording by clicking the button below.

Key Words: Korean American Identity, Korean American Literature, Family, Memory, Race, Gender.



Dr. Stephanie Han is an award-winning author of Swimming in Hong Kong, a book that explores the lives of outsiders struggling to navigate complex societies in Hong Kong, Korea, and the United States.

The Emerging Leaders Summit and IgniteNextGen Series are presented in partnership by the Council of Korean Americans and the Korean American Coalition – Los Angeles.