Who We Are
The K.W. Lee Center for Leadership annually launches Korean American Youth Leaders in Training and as second generation Korean Americans, for the summer project of 2013, we were inspired to learn the history of Los Angeles and the relations between us and the first generation Korean Americans. The heartbreaking stories of division and loss that we heard from the forgotten elders of our community moved us to initiate a change to give back for the elders in our community.
With the help of mentorship and support of the K.W. Lee Center, we developed the Missing Pieces Project in 2013 in hopes of raising awareness and pushing for more active and effective legislative action. The project strives to raise awareness of the issue of divided families in the Korean American community.
By using mediums of collective memoirs and informative documentaries, Missing pieces seeks the interest of the American government to better the process of allowing the reuniting of affected families.
Teaming up with accomplished and dedicated individuals from the Divided Families National Coalition and other community leaders, Missing Pieces focuses on not only archiving the stories of divided family members, but also issuing petitions in order to pressure the government to act more decisively on the issue.
Many divided family members do not even know if their family members are alive or not. Most would be content with simply knowing their family members’ status. Therefore, together, we hope to sanctify the importance of family and allow the individuals tragically separated by war to reconnect and fill in the missing pieces in their lives.
About Missing Pieces
The Missing Pieces Project strives to raise awareness of the imminent issue of divided families in the Korean American community. By using mediums of collective memoirs and informative documentatives, we seek the interest of the American government to better the process of allowing the reuniting of affected families.