1. the third and sometimes final stop in a night out with friends to karaoke or a bar.
2. a group dedicated to connecting queer and trans people of Korean heritage in the Bay Area.
Who We Are
MIN CHO is a 2nd-generation Korean American cis gay man hailing from the great state of Texas. Being from the border town of El Paso, he had the distinct experience of straddling many different cultures during his childhood forging a unique cultural identity through them all. From there, he shipped off to Boston for school and then ventured to the Best Coast, where he currently works in biotech research in San Francisco. Relatively new to the queer activist space, Min serves on the GAPA Foundation board as a programming and operations member, and is excited to engage, listen, and participate in this vibrant community. He has many passions and interests including baking, all things music, biking, and recently, bouldering. Don't let his seemingly calm demeanor fool you -- he's a dancing fiend.
JACKIE KIM is a 2.5-generation cis-female Queerean (she/her) bred in the East Coast. She spent 7+ years throughout her adulthood in Seoul, Republic of Korea. In summer 2016, She flew from Seoul to Oakland where she calls "Home" for now. She is still determined to find her tribe of 2.5/3rd-generation Diasporeans.
JOHN WON is a queer 2nd-generation Korean American cis man who grew up in Queens, New York City, and now lives in Oakland, California. For over 20 years, John has been an activist, advocate, facilitator, and leader in communities and movements addressing LGBTQ rights, racial justice, immigrant organizing, and HIV/AIDS/community health. Beginning in the 1990s, he worked in HIV/AIDS prevention for youth through peer education, activism, and direct action with ACT UP/NY. He was a member of early Korean LGBTQ groups in New York in the 1990s and 2000s including Chingusai and Iban/Queer Koreans of New York. In 2003, he joined the steering committee member of Gay Asian & Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY), during which time he helped to found the Dari Project that collected and published the first bilingual collection of stories about the experiences of Korean LGBTs and their families. He currently serves as a co-director of KQTCON, the first national Korean Queer and Trans Conference which will take place in April 2018 in New York City.
JACKY GOH is (truly amazing and) based in L.A.