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Focus and Mission

The Asian and Asian-American (AAA) Affinity Group builds a community for AAA faculty and staff at UK to: (a) share each other’s stories, (b) support each other; and (c) advocate our needs.


Keiko Tanaka, Professor, Department of Community & Leadership Development, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (  

Sujin Kim, Associate Professor, Division of Biomedical Informatics, Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine (

Faculty and Staff Listserv

ASIA-ASIAAMER-L is a listserv that assists the Asian & Asian-American Affinity Group to communicate with each other. The listserv is restricted to currently employed faculty and staff members. All posts will be moderated by the co-chairs. To be added to this listserv, please email Keiko Tanaka ( from your UK email account with the subject line: “Add me to the Affinity Group listserv.”

Resources for the Asian and Asian American Community at UK:


Korean Professors of Central Kentucky Association

First generation and Korean-American professor association for social gathering and academic enhancement for discussion. Faculty members attend from UK, EKU, NKU, Asbury, Berea, etc.


Contact: Sujin Kim/ / 859-218-0110 (UK Office)

Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA) – Kentucky Chapter

Korean Student/Scholar Association of Kentucky

Supports diverse local Korean events, hosts a local consulate service through the Consulate general of Republic of Korea in Chicago, etc.


Korean Language/Culture/Music Classes and Schools

University of Kentucky – Korean Language Classes


Contact: Liang Luo

Address: 1453 Patterson Office Tower | 859-257-9139

University of Kentucky – School of Music

Lexington Korean School

The Lexington Korean School, as a first Korean language teaching institution founded in 1980 made its first official step as an independent organization in 1990, and has been enjoying 39 years of history. The classes are for all ages including adult classes. The school is physically located at 3534 Tates Creek road, Lexington, KY 40517.


Contact: Hyun Go Lee (Principal)

Lexington Saturday Korean School


Contact: (832) 702-0234

Address: 1075 Ashgrove road, Nicholasville, Kentucky,



Lexington Korean Presbyterian Church


Phone: (412) 916-7619

Address: 333 Redding Rd, Lexington, KY 40517


Restaurants / Groceries

Arirang Garden


Address: 109 Mt. Tabor Rd. Lexington, KY 40517 | (859)269-8273


    JY Kitchen

    Korean meal plan and catering service located in downtown Lexington.


    Contact:, (859) 474-0277

    Address: 1006 Delaware Ave, Lexington, KY 40505


    Han Woo Ri

    Located within walking distance from UK campus. Korean restaurants with fast-food menu.


    Address: 371 S Limestone, Lexington, KY 40508

    Seoul Supermarket


    Contact: (859) 254-6300

    Address: 1085 E New Circle Rd # 2, Lexington, KY 40505

    DY Market

    Also has a restaurant inside the grocery store. 

    Contact: (859) 224-0088

    Address: 3101 Clays Mill Rd, Lexington, KY 40503

    Local Business

    Dr. Tiger Kim’s Taekowndo


    Contact: Tiger Kim, (859) 296-0088

    Address: 3601 Palomar Centre Drive, Lexington, KY 40513


      Lexington Taekwondo & Jiu-Jitsu


      Contact: (859) 245-1733,

      Address: 3120 Pimlico Pkwy #110, Lexington, Kentucky 40517


      Embassy/ Consulate / Foundations

      Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Chicago

      For Kentucky residents related to Korean government services, contact Chicago Consulate. States covered in Chicago Consulate includes: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin.


      Contact: T:(312) 822-9485 F:(312) 822-9849    

      Address: NBC Tower Suite 2700, 455 North City Front Plaza Dr. Chicago, IL 60611           

      Chicago Korean Education Center - Consulate General of Republic of Korea

      Sponsors Korean Community Schools for Korean-American students in the Midwestern US.


      Contact:, (847) 777-8830

      Address: 9935 Capitol Drive, Wheeling, IL 60090

      Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the USA


      Contact: (202) 939-5600 (Fax: 202-797-0595)

      Korean Cultural Center in Washington D.C.


      Contact: (202) 939-5688 (Fax: 202-387- 0413)

      Korea Foundation

      Promote better understanding of Korea within the international community and to increase friendship and goodwill between Korea and the rest of the world through various exchange programs. Sponsors diverse academic programs for institutions located in US.



      Health Information Resources

      Interpreter Services for University of Kentucky Healthcare Patients


      For more information on UK HealthCare’s Interpreter services call (859) 323-8951.

      Multi-Cultural Resources for Health Information by National Library of Medicine

      NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health

      Lewis Katz School of Medicine – Center for Asian Health – Temple University

      Stanford University – School of Medicine – Center for Asian Health Research and Education

      COVID-19 Resources

      Reporting On-Campus Incidents

      UK Bias Incident Support Services (BISS)

      Bias Incident Support Services (BISS) exists to provide support and advocacy for any student, staff, or faculty member impacted by bias, hatred, and/or an act of identity-based violence. BISS also provides education, training and consultation services to any University entity interested in working to nurture a sense of belonging within their college, division, office, department, etc.

      Find support here

      Bias Incident Report Form

      This form serves as an official report to the University of Kentucky regarding an incident or incidents of bias, hate, bigotry and/or identity-based violence. 

      This report goes to the Bias Incident Response Coordinator (BIRC) during normal business hours and is not monitored after hours, on weekends, or during official university holidays. If you have an immediate concern about the health and safety of a University of Kentucky student or employee, please contact the University of Kentucky Police Department at 859-257-8573 (#8573 on your cell phone).

      Report an incident

      UKNow BLOG: Fighting Social Stigma Surrounding COVID-19

       (March 26, 2020)  In her blog this week, [former] University of Kentucky Vice President for Institutional Diversity Sonja Feist-Price emphasizes to the campus community to respect cultural differences and not let fears associated with COVID-19 lead to social stigma.

      Read the blog here

      Reporting Off-Campus Incidents

      Lexington Police Department

      Any disturbing behaviors/actions against you, your family members, or friends

      • Non-Emergency: (859) 258-3600
      • Life Threatening, Emergency: 911


      Lexington Human Rights Commission

      Denied services, jobs, housing, etc.

      “It is the purpose of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission to safeguard all individuals within Lexington-Fayette County from discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, familial status and sexual orientation/gender identity in connection with employment, housing and public accommodation. The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission shall serve as an investigative, consultative, educational, persuasive, and enforcement agency in order to guarantee equal opportunity for all people of the city of Lexington and Fayette County.”


      Contact: (859) 252-0071

      American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kentucky

      Denied rights and liberties

      “The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky (ACLU) is freedom’s watchdog, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people by the Constitutions of the United States and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”


      Contact: (502) 581-1181

      Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCOM)

      “The Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON) is a coalition of community-based organizations that advocates for the rights and needs of the Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) Community in the greater Los Angeles area, with a particular focus on low income, immigrant, refugee and other disadvantaged sectors of the population.”


      Contact: (213) 239-0300*

      * Although this organization’s mission is to serve the APIAs in the LA area, the “Stop AAPI Hate” (incident report site) is for anyone in the United States.

      Incident Report – in English and various Asian languages


      NBC News about reporting of coronavirus-related racism against Asian Americans


      Asian Americans Advancing Justice

      “Asian Americans Advancing Justice is a national affiliation of five leading organizations advocating for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and other underserved communities to promote a fair and equitable society for all. The affiliation's members are: Advancing Justice - AAJC (Washington, D.C.), Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, Advancing Justice - Atlanta, Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco), and Advancing Justice - Chicago. Asian Americans Advancing Justice is a proud partner of Communities Against Hate, a diverse coalition coming together for the first time across communities to document hate and demand action.”


      Anti-Asian Incident Report


      OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates

      “OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates is dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).”


      Hate Incident Report


      Wash the Hate.Com

      Share your story of racist or bigoted acts during this time by following social media guidelines at Wash The Hate, a campaign organized by justice and entertainment organizations.


      Other Organizations for Asian Americans

      Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund

      “The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, a New York-based national organization founded in 1974, protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans.”


      National Association of Asian American Professionals

      “The National Association of Asian American Professionals is a non-profit organization that cultivates and empowers Asian & Pacific Islander leaders through leadership development, professional networking, and community service. As the largest and fastest growing API professionals association, NAAAP continues to provide its members with the tools and resources to further career advancement and to empower Asians and Pacific Islanders to become great leaders as well as valuable employees. In order to achieve our goals, NAAAP offers a diverse range of professional development programs on the local and national level, engages its membership in community service and organizes professional networking events. These may range from a series of panels, workshops and seminars, and web-based sessions and networking.”


      COVID-19 Resources Page:

      Past events:

      • Movie Night “Crazy Rich Asians” and Reception for the Asian & Asian-American Affinity Group
      • Fireside Chat
      • Planning Meeting
      • Zoom Happy Hour