Justice Pak
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Justice Pak

Justice Pak

Korean Outreach Advocate

Hello, I am Justice Pak.  I was born in Korea and studied English Literature in college.  In graduate school, I majored in Special Education.  I chose to study special education because I was the very subject of special education itself and I thought I can understand disabled children better.

After graduate school, I chose the path of a reporter rather than a teacher. Being a reporter for the weekly newspaper for the disabled led me to gain much insight about the broader experience of disability.

Meeting various disabled individuals was the mirror to my own disabilities that I’ve been denying but needed to face.  I was also challenged and inspired through these individuals who overcame their environment and disabilities.  I was really happy to be a reporter and received the Best Reporter Award.

I also worked as a campaign and project manager for the disabled at SBS (Seoul Broadcasting Systems) in Korea.  Through those experiences I have learned and grown up. I wanted to explore what the world had in store for me.  So, I came to USA.

I studied film and new media production at SDSU in USA.  After I graduated SDSU, I moved to LA and chose to work at Koreana News as my first job.  In the last 9 years, I worked as a chief reporter and editor for the Koreana News. As a Koreana News Reporter, I had an opportunity to meet with immigrants from different walks of life which enabled me to understand their lives.

I also have been working as a YTN LA reporter from year 2005.  YTN is a 24 hour news channel like America’s CNN.  Being a YTN reporter has a special significance for me.  Each time I stand before the camera I have hope.  That hope is for disabled people all over the world to have hope through me just as my mother gave me hope saying “you can do it.”

I have a great interest and affection for people.  One of the reasons why I became a reporter is because I can approach people easily and listen to their stories.  Now I have been working at CALIF as Korean Outreach worker since June.  As a person with disability, I believe I can better understand disabled people–to help and support them through various ways and help them live an independent life.

English is my weakness.  However, because of this reason I try harder than others and become humble.  Therefore, I think I have compassion for those who are in need.