Conference Keynotes

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  • Insang Hwang

    Deputy Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Los Angeles

    Deputy Consul General Insang Hwang has held his position at the Korean Consulate General in Los Angeles since August 2017. Prior to his current post, he served as as a Counsellor at the Korean Mission to the European Union (2014) in Brussels and as Senior Consul at the Korean Consulate General to Shanghai (2011). Deputy Consul General Hwang first joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in 1995, and subsequently served as the Deputy Director of the North American & European Union Trade Division (2009) and Director of FTA Policy Planning Division (2010) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT). Graduating from Seoul National University in 1993, he went on to study at the Graduate School of International Relations & Pacific Studies at the University of California in San Diego (1998) and earn a Law Master degree (L.M.) from the Graduate School of Legal Studies at Korea University (2011). Focusing on economic affairs, Deputy Consul Hwang has participated in negotiating integral trade agreements including the KORUS-FTA, Korea-EU FTA, and Korea-China FTA over the course of his diplomatic career.

  • Jerry Kang

    Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Professor of Law
    UCLA

    Jerry Kang is Professor of Law, Professor of Asian American Studies, the inaugural Korea Times Endowed Chair, and UCLA's inaugural Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. A leading scholar on implicit bias and the law, Prof. Kang has published more than a dozen articles on the subject in leading journals including the Harvard Law Review. He regularly collaborates with leading experimental social psychologists on wide-ranging scholarly, educational, and advocacy projects.

    Recognized by both the UCLA law school and the university with multiple teaching awards, Prof. Kang is widely sought after as a speaker. Prof. Kang graduated magna cum laude from both Harvard University (physics) and Harvard Law School, where he was a supervising editor of the Harvard Law Review. After clerking for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, he started his teaching career at UCLA in 1995 and has visited at Georgetown, Harvard, and NYU law schools.

  • Young Kim

    Former California State Assemblywoman

    Young Kim’s public service began more than 25 years ago, when she began to work for U.S. Representative Ed Royce, serving as his key liaison in the communities and eventually becoming his Director of Asian Affairs. In addition, Kim earned a reputation for being a popular television Talk Show Host with her weekly program on KSCI-LA 18, LA Seoul (1997-2005), and on Arirang-TV’s Real Talk (2011).  Currently, she is hosting a weekly program called “KBS America Talk Show: Issues and Empathy.”

    Continuing to expand her public service, Kim was elected to the 65th California State Assembly District in 2014. Despite long odds, she unseated a fully funded incumbent to become the first ever Korean-American woman elected to serve in the State Assembly. As Assemblywoman, Kim promoted popular policy objectives in our state government such as fiscal restraint of tax spending, education reform, and spurring economic opportunities. Additionally, Kim was successful in securing millions of dollars to help homeless youth and veterans, introduced legislation to build a veterans hospital in Orange County, and championed a measure to protect victims of domestic violence with her bill (AB 2078) that passed with bipartisan support.

    Kim is currently a candidate for Orange County Board of Supervisors, 4th District, which represents North Orange County cities of Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Fullerton, La Habra and Placentia.

  • L. Song Richardson

    Interim Dean
    Professor of Law
    UC Irvine School of Law

    L. Song Richardson is the Interim Dean and Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, with a joint appointment in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society. She received her AB from Harvard University and her JD from Yale Law School. Her interdisciplinary research uses lessons from cognitive and social psychology, decision-making and judgment in a variety of contexts, and she is leading expert on implicit racial and gender bias. Her scholarship has been published by law journals at Yale, Cornell, Duke and Northwestern, among others. Currently, she is working on a book that examines the legal and moral implications of mind sciences research on policing and criminal procedure. She is a member of the American Law Institute.

    Dean Richardson’s legal career has included partnership at a boutique criminal law firm and work as a state and federal public defender in Seattle, Washington. She was also an Assistant Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Immediately upon graduation from law school, Professor Richardson was a Skadden Arps Public Interest Fellow with the National Immigration Law Center in Los Angeles and the Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Unit in Brooklyn, NY.

  • Michael Yang

    Founder & CEO
    Michael Yang Capital Management, LLC

    Michael Yang is the Founder & CEO of Michael Yang Capital Management, LLC, an asset management company focused on technology investments. He has over 30 years of experience in the technology industry in Silicon Valley. He currently serves as a director on the board of Hanmi Bank (NASDAQ: HAFC). Mr. Yang was a Co-Founder and CEO of three Silicon Valley technology start-ups that were sold to larger enterprises, including mySimon.com which raised $30 million in venture capital and was subsequently acquired by CNET for $700 million.

    Mr. Yang received his BS degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley, an MS degree in Computer Science from Columbia University, and an MBA degree from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He has served on the advisory board of the Stanford Institute of Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) at Stanford University as well as on the IT Advisory Council for President George W. Bush. Mr. Yang is a Co-Founder & Founding Chairman of the Council of Korean Americans (CKA), and also serves as a Director and as the Treasurer of La Cañada Flintridge Education Foundation.