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Esther Yoon-Ji Kang

Esther Yoon-Ji Kang

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Esther Yoon-Ji Kang is a reporter on the Race, Class and Communities desk. Previously, she was the communications manager for the University of Chicago Institute of Politics (IOP). Before her work with the IOP, Esther was an editor at Chicago magazine, where she reported, wrote, edited, photographed, designed and produced award-winning stories for the website and print magazine. Prior to Chicago magazine, she worked as a breaking news producer for chicagotribune.com, latimes.com and other Tribune Company news sites. Aside from her work on the Web, Esther has covered the Chicago Public Schools and juvenile court beats and has written for various publications. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern University and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the journalism school.

Originally from South Korea (by way of Paraguay and the D.C. area), she lives on the South Side with her husband and daughter.  

Recent Stories

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Chicago Earmarks $2.7 Million For Census Outreach

“Dismal” is how Mayor Lori Lightfoot described Chicago’s 66% census participation rate in 2010. She said 75% will be the goal for 2020.

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Chicago Owns America’s Widest Racial Gap In Economic Mobility

“Chicago is … quite good for white men, near the top among big cities, yet it’s near the bottom for black men,” said economist Raj Chetty.

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Some Concerned By Lack Of Census Outreach Grant Applications In Illinois

Most applications came from three Chicago-area regions, but just one or two applications came from each of the state’s other nine regions.

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Korean American Groups Launch Census Outreach Effort

“Hard-to-count” populations in the Korean community include North Korean refugees, adoptees, foreign students and seniors.

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After Long Immigration Fight, A Family Says Goodbye To Its Matriarch

After losing her fight to gain legal status, Julie Bartolome was deported on Aug. 22. This is how that day unfolded.

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Federal Lawmakers From Illinois Call For More Resources For 2020 Census

Democratic lawmakers from Illinois on Monday accused the Trump administration of deliberately trying to undermine next year’s census.

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Mount Prospect Woman Deported After 20-Year Quest For U.S. Citizenship

Immigration enforcement officials put Julita Bartolome on a flight to Manila Thursday after denying multiple requests for a stay of removal.

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Process To Spend $20 Million For Census Outreach In Illinois Raises Concerns

A coalition of 50 groups interested in performing census outreach in Illinois say the state’s process to fund that work is confusing.

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Chicago-Area Groups Seek Accurate Census Count Of Chinese Communities

A coalition of Chinese groups have formed a “complete count” committee to plan outreach efforts in preparation for next year’s census.

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Report: Work Visas Change Could Hurt Immigrant Families

A Chicago-based South Asian think tank says denying the spouses of highly skilled immigrants from working would hurt immigrant families.

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After Fire, Assata’s Daughters Seeks New Headquarters

After the city demolished its fire-damaged headquarters this month, Assata’s Daughters hopes to find another home in Washington Park.

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Illinois Faces Tight Timeline To Prepare For Census 2020

Lawmakers set aside $29 million to prepare for next year. Local groups say they need the money as soon as possible to ensure a robust count.

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Durbin: Citizenship Question A Ploy To Undercount Latinos

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says the Republican-controlled Senate will block efforts to challenge Trump’s attempts to add a citizenship question.

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Local Groups: Citizenship Question 'Damage Has Already Been Done'

Regardless of whether a citizenship question will appear on the 2020 census, advocates say many immigrants are scared to participate.

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Advisory Panel Discusses Timeline For Census Outreach In Illinois

Initial plan calls for Illinois to get $25 million in grants to local governments and community groups to begin outreach efforts in October.

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Illinois Officials Applaud Citizenship Question Ruling

The SCOTUS decision to temporarily block the citizenship question from census forms is a relief to immigration advocates in Chicago.

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Pritzker Pens Order To Prepare Illinois For Census 2020

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has created an office and selected an advisory panel to help bolster the state’s preparations for the 2020 census.

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Has White Flight Reached Chicago’s Suburbs?

While Chicago’s white population has grown since 2010, it’s declined by more than 220,000 in the suburbs, new census data shows.

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Will Test Of Census Citizenship Question Create More Fear, Confusion?

The U.S. Census Bureau began mailing test forms this week to 480,000 American households, half with a citizenship question and half without.

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Chicago Neighborhoods Continue To Shift In Size And Race

Chicago neighborhoods near downtown are booming while several South and West side communities continue to lose population.

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