Kollaboration is an Asian Pacific Islander American/Canadian (APIA/C) organization and Movement that was founded in 2000 by Executive Director Paul “PK” Kim. Under the umbrella of ProKreation Productions - a cutting edge, pioneering production company promoting entertainment in the Asian American community - Kollaboration became officially incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in January of 2006.
WHAT IS KOLLABORATION? Kollaboration is an annual event and movement created by a small group of professional young Asian Pacific Islander Americans/Canadians, volunteering their time and skills to celebrate the vast talents of their community and hopefully bring them into the mainstream.
WHAT IS KOLLABORATION'S GOAL? Kollaboration’s current mission and mantra is, “Empowerment through Entertainment”. In addition to encouraging the diverse talents of APIA/C youth, Kollaboration seeks to empower (1) APIA/C youth by providing them with a creative outlet and leadership training that serves as an alternative to gang-activity and delinquency for those at-risk, (2) APIA/C families by offering a platform for communication that bridges the gap between 1st generation parents and latter generation youth and (3) the APIA/C community at large, by raising awareness for other critical community issues and NGOs.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? It is evident that APIA/Cs are often categorized into a certain image. APIA/Cs may find it increasingly difficult to get jobs outside the "model minority" or "foreigner" role. Such barriers often result in the lack of APIA/Cs in mainstream entertainment industries. Thus, APIA/Cs are not only unfairly portrayed but also disproportionately underrepresented in the mainstream media.
Evidently, our youth are left with few visible role models and a narrowed pool of aspirations.
WHAT CAN YOU DO? Through generous sponsorship, Kollaboration endeavors to bring about a paradigm shift of perceptions and to pave the way for future APIA/Cs to accomplish their goals and dreams that may be entertainment related.
Kollaboration is the stepping-stone.