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The Young Leaders of Korean American Community Services Presents


Gene Siskel Film Center

An  Afternoon of Food, Friends and Film!

Join us this Memorial Day Weekend at the Gene Siskel Film Center for a screening of the Korean film Aeja (aka GOODBYE MOM), a humorous and moving examination of the intergenerational conflict between a Korean mother and her rebellious, aspiring-poet daughter! The Chicago Tribune has called the film representative of the explosion of Korean film in the last decade. Prior to the screening, there will be a catered reception allowing you to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.




Sunday, May 30

Reception starts at 3:45 p

Screening of film starts at 5:15 p



Gene Siskel Film Center

164 North State Street

Chicago, IL 60601



Tickets - $20 online or $25 at the door.

Free appetizers are included in the ticket price.  A selection of beers, wines, and other drinks are available for purchase.

To purchase tickets online, go to


For Further Info

For additional details or if you have questions, contact Hume An at or 312-286-8218, or check out our Facebook page at  You can watch the movie trailer on YouTube by clicking on the following link:


Sponsored by:

  • Young Leaders of Korean American Community Services (The KACS Associate Board)
  • Foundation for Asian American Independent Media
  • University of Illinois Asian American Alumni Network


A portion of ticket proceeds will go towards supporting the work of Korean American Community Services (KACS).  Founded in 1972, the mission of KACS is to celebrate Korean American ethnicity and to empower all members of the community by providing educational, legal, health and social services. KACS has emerged to become the largest, most comprehensive social service provider in metropolitan Chicago dedicated to meeting the needs of Korean Americans.


With programs spanning the life cycle, KACS is able to meet the ever-changing needs of the Korean American community in Chicago as well as the diverse, multi-cultural communities of northwest Chicago where the agency is located. KACS addresses the cultural and linguistic needs of our clients by offering services in Korean, English and Spanish. Each year more than 7,000 clients benefit from one of KACS services.   To learn more about KACS, visit our website at  


Anida Yoeu Ali On Chicago Public Radio! 

Performance Artist on Muslim Identity and Art
Click the link to listen to the talk!

American Muslims are using art as a vehicle for expression and social change. 

Anida Yoeu Ali is an international performance artist and writer who was born in Cambodia and raised in Chicago. 1700% is the name of Anida’s latest spoken word poem. The poem gets its name from the 1700 percent increase in reported hate and bias crimes against Arabs, Muslims and those perceived to be Arab or Muslim since the events of September 11, 2001. 

Recently, Worldview’s Assia Boundaoui sat down with Anida to talk about the interaction between identity and art. 


Download 15th Anniversary Compilation Album Now! LIMITED TIME ONLY!

Wasn't able to pick up the 15th Anniversary Compilation Album during the showcase?
Don't worry! Download the entire album right now! 

Click here to download the album and for more information about the artists!


Did you miss A Village Called Versailles? Now's your chance to see it on the screen again at The Chicago Cultural Center! 

Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 2:00 PM
The Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater
78 E. Washington St.60602


Apr152010 interview on Eric Nakamura's (Giant Robot) blog


Closing Night Film! Raspberry Magic! Thursday, April 15 @ 8:15pm

Directed by:  Leena Pendharkar 
Running Time: 82 minutes 

A leaking ceiling becomes a metaphor for an Indian American family’s psychic health in this warm and funny comedy-drama about falling apart and coming together again. The Shahs are just your typical over-achieving family, with video game-designer dad, cookbook author mom, science-star daughter, and her soccer-star little sister. When the failing economy threatens to take a larger slice out of their lifestyle and mom and dad make like the Bickersons, 11-year-old Monica becomes the backbone of the family and derives a surprising life lesson from her faltering science experiment.

For more information about the film, please visit here.


Goh Nakamura @ Cole's! 9:00PM Thursday, April 15th

Come and enjoy Goh Nakamura's live performance at Cole's! 
awwwwwwww yeeeeeeeeeah!

2338 N. Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647


Tim Hugh and his two ridiculously talented guests Eric Nakamura (Giant Robot) and Goh Nakamura on

On Monday, April 12, 2010, vTheory and myself were pleased as punch to have Tim Hugh, Festival Director of The Asian American Showcase, in the studio to talk about the Showcase, Asian American pop culture, and what is up with terrible Asian accents on TV. 

Tim was kind enough to bring two ridiculously talented guests along with him, Eric Nakamura from Giant Robot Magazine, and Goh Nakamura, a singer-songwriter from San Francisco. 

To listen to their talk on :vocalo, please visit here!


Korean superstar Song Hye-kyo in "Make Yourself At Home" TONIGHT! Wednesday, April 14 @ 8:15pm 

Directed by: Soopum Sohn
Running Time: 90 minutes 

An arranged marriage to a U.S. citizen leaves Sookhy (Korean superstar Song) sitting pretty, with an upwardly mobile husband, spacious suburban home, and only the inconvenience of a live-in mother-in-law. But all is not as it seems, and Sookhy may have inherited the supernatural powers of her own mother, a famous and feared Korean shaman. The attractive couple next door comes calling and the withdrawn newlywed comes out of her shell as this psychological thriller builds toward an identity crisis with some fatal repercussions. In English and Korean with English subtitles.

For more information about the film, please visit here.


Lessons Of The Blood, Wednesday, April 14 @ 6:00pm

Directed by: James T. Hong & Yin-Ju Chen 
Running Time: 106 minutes 

One of the hidden horrors of the 20th century is brought to light in this hard-hitting documentary essay that details a Japanese history of chemical warfare and medical experimentation carried out largely against the Chinese population from the late ‘30s through WWII. Filmmakers Hong and Wang unearth copious proof of the use of biological weapons, live vivisection, and human experimentation, and include the testimony of living survivors now in their eighties.

For more information about the film, please visit here.