Over the course of more than a decade, KoreAm Journal established itself as a unique outlet for issues relevant to Korean Americans. But in 2015, KoreAm Journal and sister publication Audrey magazine shut down print operations. Now the original magazine returns with a new name—and a broader focus on pop culture from throughout the Asian-American diaspora.
Editor-in-Chief Serena Kim told Colorlines that KORE magazine officially launched with the September 2018 issue, which features actor John Cho ("Searching") in its cover story.
The debut issue, which is available for free online via parent group Kore Asian Media, also includes stories about actress Sujata Day ("Insecure") and comedian Ronny Chieng ("Crazy Rich Asians"). Producer Nina Yang Bongiovi ("Sorry to Bother You") reflects on her work with artists from underrepresented communities in an essay. All of these stories work toward KORE’s goal of telling more Asian-American stories at a time when these stories have more public currency than ever before.
"We’re the only Asian-American print publication, in existence right now, that specifically supports Asian Americans in entertainment," Kim explains of the magazine, which aims to publish 10 issues a year. "We’re just really focusing on Asians across the board, and their diversity: South Asian, Southeast Asian, and also, someone who had a diasporic experience like Ronny Chieng, a Chinese person who grew up in Australia. It’s a more diverse view [than before], with more stories to tell."
Visit Kore.am to read the full issue.