Good Tidings and Greater College and University Outreach for All

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Sarai Koo Launches Media Tour for Seoul Food: Short Stories of A Korean American Living in Los Angeles

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Sarai Koo, an American woman of Korean ancestry, interrogates the myth of the “model minority” with poignancy and humor in her first book, Seoul Food: A Korean American Living in Los Angeles. This book is a contemporary memoir of a young woman’s ability to define herself despite pressures to conform.

Among the topics Koo takes on include body image and beauty standards, educational institutions, overcoming the aftermath of the 1990s LA riots, and, of course, food — Seoul food.

Although my personal opinion of this book may be biased due to my acquaintance with the author, the book’s biggest strength is that it shows the complexity of the LA-Pico Rivera community during the 1980s and 90s and beyond making this book a natural read for historians and urban planners, as well as anyone interested in culture.

I’m looking forward to chatting with Sarai Koo about what prompted her to write her memoir, so “stay tuned”.

The book is available at Vroman’s Bookstore Pasadena and Hasting’s Ranch, and on Amazon.

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Urban Planners Sharing Stories: thrdPlace Meets The Edge at Base Camp

Silicon Beach, CA — Among the kind and talented who converged on NextSpace for the Immigration reform talk sponsored by FWD.us this past Tuesday, was a representative from thrdPlace, an urban planning/community organizing team led by DeKoven Ashley and Mike Colosimo. As this interview with Carrie Norton, founder and CEO of Green Business Base Camp, demonstrates, Ashley and Colosimo prove that growth is a social and a local process of engagement. I wore my OFA hat, to listen and learn about how urban initiatives are re-shaping the world of work. The new world, I learned, is built on the simple premise, as Ashley and Colosimo state, of showing up and not being afraid to share stories in an effort to build a bright future.