Christine Colligan: Speaking Up for Koreans in NYC

When there’s a rally about an issue of concern to the Korean community in New York, it’s a good bet that Christine Colligan, co-president of the Korean American Parents Association of Greater New York, has had a hand in organizing the effort. Recently, she led protests over how Montefiore Medical Center responded to the 2014 assault on a Korean employee. 

Born in South Korea, Colligan moved to the U.S. in 1983 to study fashion design when she was 28 and acquired her Irish surname when she married a classmate from Parsons School of Design. For some years, Colligan designed jewelry and raised her children. Then, almost by chance, she became a dedicated advocate for Korean Americans to stand up for their rights. She has been a parent coordinator at a J.H.S. 189 in Flushing, in addition to holding the post of co-president at KAPA-GNY.

In her spare time, Colligan has promoted Korean food culture in a podcast entitled “Cooking in translation.” 

“Taste buds have no borders,” she says. Watch the video profile of Colligan by Yeo Ram Choi to learn more about Colligan, hear what she has to say about the Montefiore incident, and to hear a surprising way in which Colligan crosses cultures.

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