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KoreAm 2010-11 Cover.jpg
Editor Julie Ha
Categories Ethnic press
Frequency Monthly
Publisher James Ryu
First issue 1990
Company Korean American Publications
Country United States
Based in Gardenia, California
Language English
Website www.iamKoreAm.com
ISSN 1541-1931

KoreAm is a monthly magazine dedicated to news, commentary, politics, lifestyle and culture published in the United States. It is the oldest and most widely circulated English-language monthly magazine for the Asian American community. The magazine has featured prominent Asian American leaders, politicians, artists, entertainers, athletes and entrepreneurs. It also covers current events related to North Korea, South Korea, Asian Americans, immigrants and communities of color.


KoreAm was founded by Jung Shig Ryu and James Ryu in 1990 in Los Angeles, California.

The magazine highlights news, stories, op ed pieces and entertainment for the Kyopo community - aka ethnic Koreans living overseas - primarily Koreans in the United States. The magazine highlights Korean American perspectives on matters related to Korea, including North Korea's nuclear program, reunification, the six-party talks, the deaths of South Korean presidents, the globalization of South Korean pop culture, and peninsular tensions and conflicts. The magazine also addresses biracial and adoptee communities. Today KoreAm is the most widely circulated, longest-running, independent English-language publication serving the Korean American community.

Two years after KoreAm's founding, the magazine became a major forum for the Korean community relating to the 1992 Los Angeles riots. The riots caused violence, arson, looting and lawlessness. Korean-run businesses were targeted during what has been dubbed this nation's first "multiethnic riot."[1]

KoreAm features prominent Korean Americans on its cover. These stories include Margaret Cho, John Cho, Daniel Dae Kim, Jane Kim, and Michele Rhee. Stories have also included a profile on Pinkberry founder Shelly Hwang, a ground level feature on the Virginia Tech massacre, as well as packages on health care reform, education reform, gays in the military, and Korean Americans affected by Hurricane Katrina. The magazine's official website was launched in 2009.[2]


Front Cover or topic listing[edit]

A monthly listing of people/topics featured on the front covers of KoreAm starting in 1999.


2011 Korean Churches in Community Development (KCCD) "Legacy Award"

2013 Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP) "Leadership Award"

2009 National New America Media Award in the category of Best In-Depth and Investigative Reporting for Kai Ma's “To Have and to Hold,” a feature on Proposition 8 and the Korean American vote.

2009 National New America Media Honorable Mention in the category of Arts, Sports & Entertainment for Kai Ma’s “High Rollers,” a feature on high-stakes gambling.

2009 National New America Media Award in the category of Race and Interethnic Relations for Julie Ha’s “Neighborhood Watch,” a feature on the large numbers of Koreans moving into the Los Angeles neighborhood known as Little Tokyo, one of the last Japantowns left in California.

2008 Asian Pacific American Community Award by Assembly member Ted Lieu.

2005 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards, Region 5: Best Nonfiction Magazine Features.

2004 New California Media Awards: International; Youth Voice; Workplace Issues/Economy; Investigative/In-depth (runner-up); Arts, Sports & Entertainment (runner-up).

2003 New California Media Awards: Arts/Culture.

2003 PACE Setter Award presented by the Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment.

2002 Outstanding Service on Behalf of the Korean American community presented by the Korean American Bar Association of Southern California.

2002 Annual Community Service Award presented by the Korean American Coalition San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.

2000 Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Award nominee.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Globilization of Los Angeles: The First Multiethnic Riots", Los Angeles Times, May 1992.
  2. ^ "KoreAm information". KoreAm information. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Koream Staff". Koream Staff. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Corina Knoll Bio". Corina Knoll Bio. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 

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