Introducing CAPE’s New Director of Program and Operations, Jess Ju!

Get to know CAPE’s new Director of Programs and Operations!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, but I just moved back after spending 6 years in the Bay Area. I’m a big fan of comedic tv shows with female leads, history podcasts, and exploring new cities.

What drew you to CAPE?
When I was in high school, I dreamed of becoming an actor. However, I became discouraged when I noticed the lack of roles for Asian Americans in tv and movies and began to pursue other passions. Fortunately, I was able to find this line of work that allows me to help others pursue their dreams, hopefuly with less and less barriers.

I truly believe that representation is important. The media, including the entertainment industry, has the power to shape how we see the world and should be utilized to tell the diverse, authentic, accurate, and meaningful stories that we experience in real life.

Favorite movie?
I probably watch LOVE ACTUALLY and RUSH HOUR 2 at least once a month.

Favorite TV show?
My favorite tv show of all time is PARKS AND RECREATION. Most recently, I’ve been obsessed with GAME OF THRONES and CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND.

Favorite thing to eat in Los Angeles?
Growing up in the San Gabriel Valley, Shau May Kang Kang Restaurant was a staple in my diet and is probably still one of my favorite places to eat. Their pan fried soup dumplings and beef noodles with house-made hot sauce is my go-to order.

Click here to learn more about Jess Ju!

You’re Invited: Frederick Kim Memorial Reading

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Please join us in celebrating the life and work of Dr. Frederick Kim, a 2011 CAPE New Writers Award Winner, a 2014 CAPE New Writers Fellow, a staunch CAPE supporter, and beloved friend.

WHEN: Thursday, August 4, 2016
WHERE: The National Center for the Preservation of Democracy at the Japanese American National Museum | 111 North Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
TIME: Doors open at 6:15pm | Program begins at 7:15pm

Light refreshments will be served.

The event is free, but please RSVP here.

In loving memory of his lifelong dream of being a writer, the Kim Family has established the CAPE Frederick Kim Writers Fund, which will assist new writers in CAPE’s New Writers Fellowship.

Donations can be made online. Please indicate your contribution is for the Frederick Kim Writers Fund.

As he transitioned from being a physician to a writer in Hollywood, Fred credited CAPE for helping him launch his writing career: “CAPE has been fantastic at pushing us…really making sure we’re prepared for the world that’s out there… It’s not enough just to write, it’s not enough just to be cloistered in your room… There’s so many different aspects to this business that you really have to master, and CAPE has done a fantastic job preparing us for that.”

Thank you for keeping Frederick Kim’s legacy alive and for making a different in the lives of emerging writers.