ABOUT KOLLABORATION & THE MOVEMENT
Kollaboration is an Asian and Pacific Islander (API) organization and Movement that was founded in 2000 by Executive Director Paul “PK” Kim. Under the guidance of Executive Producer Roy Choi, Kollaboration became officially incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in January of 2006 and became an Asian and Pacific Islander organization. Previously it focused on the Korean American community.
Kollaboration is an annual event and movement produced by young Asian and Pacific Islander professionals and students, volunteering their time and skills to celebrate the vast talents of their community and hopefully bring them into the mainstream.
It is evident that APIs are often categorized into a certain image. APIs may find it increasingly difficult to get jobs outside the “model minority” or “foreigner” role. Such barriers often result in the lack of APIs in mainstream entertainment industries. Thus, APIs are not only unfairly portrayed but also disproportionately underrepresented in the mainstream media.
OUR MISSION & MANTRA
Empowerment through Entertainment.
Kollaboration’s current mission and mantra is, “Empowerment through Entertainment.” In addition to encouraging the diverse talents of API youth, Kollaboration seeks to empower
(1) API youth by providing them with a creative outlet and leadership training that serves as an alternative to gang-activity and delinquency for those at-risk.
(2) API families by offering a platform for communication that bridges the gap between 1st generation parents and latter generation youth.
(3) the API community at large, by raising awareness for other critical community issues and NGOs.
Evidently, our youth are left with few visible role models and a narrowed pool of aspirations.
Through generous sponsorship, Kollaboration endeavors to bring about a paradigm shift of perceptions and to pave the way for future APIs to accomplish their goals and dreams that may be entertainment related.
In contrast to our mission statement of “Empowerment Through Entertainment,” the ultimate vision for Kollaboration is “Entertainment Through Empowerment,” envisioning a future when our organization represents a movement of innovative and creative artistry with all races and ethnicities.
In response to the movement began by the original Kollaboration in Los Angeles and continuing the national spread of the call to action, metropolitan DC Asian-American and Pacific Islander professionals and students came together in 2010 to raise the banner and call our local AAPI talent to come show our community the diverse talent and amazing abilities and gain their support in raising the prominence of AAPI performing arts. Kollaboration DC was founded by Elliot Lee and Christian Oh and is now an annual event and a movement by a group of dedicated and multi-talented Asian-American and Pacific Islander professionals and students, who volunteer their time and skills to celebrate the vast talents of their community and bring them into the mainstream.
- To discover and nurture local Asian-American and Pacific Islander talent, to showcase their talents on stage to the DC community, and to inspire the next generation.
- To bridge the cultural gap between the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation Asians and educate the youth about our culture about the possibilities of a career in the arts.
- To replace negative stereotypes of Asian-American and Pacific Islanders with positive images of expression through proactive creativity.
- To define our own unique community identity rather than having it defined for us through mass media.
- To elevate the level of talent in the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities in the DC metro area through friendly competition and a professional atmosphere.[
- To raise awareness for community change in our city and communities.[/tab]
- To have immense amounts of good, clean fun.
Paul “PK” Kim aka Preacher’s Kid or Problem Kid is the founder and 10 year Executive Director of our founding non profit organization and annual Asian talent show called Kollaboration, which now in its 11th year, draws over 20,000 people annually in fourteen cities.
PK is also the host of All Star Fridays at The World Famous Laugh Factory in Hollywood. He was the original host of Asian Nights at The Laugh Factory and has hosted the show for eight years. He has brought over 10,000 people to the club, many of them seeing stand up comedy live for the first time. He has performed stand up comedy in over 60 universities across the United States. As a comedian, he was the Grand Prize Winner of The Uncle Clyde’s Comedy Cup at The Pasadena Icehouse sponsored by H2F Productions, which featured 100 comedians and he took first place.
In addition, PK is also the co-founder of LiNK, Liberty in North Korea, a non profit organization dedicated to bring awareness to the needs of North Korean refugees.
More recently, PK was awarded by The White House as a “Champion of Change” for his work in the community.
Roy Choi is currently the Executive Producer and CEO of Kollaboration, a nationwide nonprofit talent show showcasing emerging Asian American artists and performers. He is currently in the process of establishing Kollaboration Global, a private entertainment company with projects in live entertainment, marketing, and artist management. Previously, Roy was also Founder and CEO of Mars Entertainment, a film distribution company based in Los Angeles and Seoul, distributing titles such as Terminator Salvation, Lust Caution, Knowing, 3:10 To Yuma, and Forbidden Kingdom in the Korean film market. Roy graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Cinema-Critical Studies at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.
Christian Oh is the executive director and co-founder of Kollaboration DC, the first tri-state area Asian American Talent competition and showcase. Kollaboration DC seeks to empower thru entertainment amongst APA communities in order to encourage the artistic development of Asian American creatives in the greater Washington DC metropolitan region. Christian Oh’s own creative background includes singing in bands, performing in theater with an acapella group, producing and directing short films, and spinning records as a former DJ in the DC and Asian Club scene. Christian also serves as a Board Member of the National Association of Asian American Professionals DC Chapter and was the president of DC APA Film Film Festival for a number of years. Concurrently, he serves diligilenty with another non-profit, the Asia Heritage Foundation, which celebrates Asia Heritage Month with its annual Fiesta Asia celebration, now in its 8th year. He is also the eternal student with advanced degrees in Business, Information Technology, Human Resource Development and Filmmaking. Christian is looking forward to the 4th year for Kollaboration DC in 2012 and hopes to connect with more up and coming APA performers and remains passionate to help support their dreams.