Atlanta, GA. (Cat Chang Official Website) - Following the tragedy at Virginia Tech, Korean-Americans are answering a special need to reach out and let America
know how they are positively contributing - each in his or her own way-to the fabric and life that is our collective American culture.
Female recording artist Cat Chang, of Atlanta, is no exception.
"The world can use some healing right about now," says Chang. "We had planned a concert for Leukemia and Lymphoma Patients and their families on May 12 at Javaology in Atlanta - even prior to the Virginia Tech shootings - but that heartbreaking event just made it that much more important."
Chang, a second generation Korean-American, was born in New York City, educated in Singapore, Korea, Tampa and finally, Atlanta. Chang was an Honor Roll student and a Hope Scholarship recipient throughout her Bachelors University Program at Georgia State University.
"What has upset me even more is that the media focuses on the shooter - always mentions him as being Korean. Koreans - like many immigrants - have made great contributions to American society. Most of us are immigrants. Many of us are strong members of society; we lead by example, we live our lives as positive role models. We engage the community and work to inspire great things," says Chang.
Chang has used her talents in music as a piano, voice and violin instructor for the last six years to inspire young students and to engage and encourage them to pursue music - for many of them, a new way of life. She's pursued modeling and has done work for Pepsi, Absolute Vodka, Wild Turkey, NASCAR, Nokia, Brut and a variety of other American brands.
Jokes Chang, "It's tough to get more American than NASCAR and I'm so proud of my past association with many great brands - and with my music."
She's performed "The Cat Chang Show" for fundraiser events such as the 21st Century Leaders Organization, and was Team Leader for the AIDS Run in Atlanta in October of 2006. Her upcoming show on May 12 at Javaology in downtown Atlanta, GA, will raise funds for Leukemia and Lymphoma patients and families.
"I've recognized that my music and modeling career has always seemed to attract audiences from around the world; I don't try to be Korean, or Asian, or even Korean-American. After all, what it's all about is the world and the parts we play in it," says Chang. "The world can certainly use some healing right about now."