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Immigrant Of The Day: Annabel Park of South Korea

by Kevin R. Johnson

Annabel Park (South Korea)

Annabel Park
is our Immigrant of the Day.  Annabel was born in Seoul, South Korea and immigrated to America with her family when she was nine years old. She studied philosophy at Boston University and political theory at Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar. Annabel’s life experiences include working with inner city children, management consulting, writing and directing theater, and combining new media and political activism. She won The Cameron MacIntosh Award for her playwriting at Oxford University and was selected as a fellow for Film Independent’s Filmmaker Lab in 2005. She was the Director/Producer of 9500 Liberty, a documentary film on the impact of local immigration policies in Prince William County, Virginia. 

In 2007, Annabel was the national coordinator for the 121 Coalition, organizing a historic grassroots effort to successfully pass U.S. House Resolution 121, also known as the “comfort women” resolution, which will be the subject of her upcoming film Journey Into the Divide.

The N.Y. Times recently reported on a new organization "[f]ed up with government gridlock, but put off by the flavor of the Tea Party."  The alternative is the Coffee Party, which is rapidly growing through a Facebook page, where it pledges to “support leaders who work toward positive solutions, and hold accountable those who obstruct them.”  The founder? Annabel Park.

March 3, 2010 in Current Affairs | Permalink

About The Author

Kevin R. Johnson is currently Dean, Professor of Law and Chicana/o Studies, and the Mabie-Apallas Public Interest Law Chair holder at the University of California at Davis. He is also one of the editors of ImmigrationProf Blog.

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