APRIL 2003

• Immigration and Naturalization Service

• The New York City Mayor's Office Of Immigrant Affairs and Language Services

• Citizenship NYC

• New York Immigration Hotline

• National Immigration Forum

• Genealogical Resources in the New York Metropolitan Area

• America Immigration Lawyers Association and the American Immigration Law Foundation

• Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force

• Glossary

Local: General

• Archdiocese of New York Immigrant and Refugee Services

• Citizens Committee For New York City

• Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society

Local: Specific

• Asian Americans for Equality

• Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund

• CARECEN-N.Y.

• Chinese Progressive Association

• Emerald Isle Immigration Center of New York

• Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York

• National Association of Korean Americans

• National Coalition for Haitian Rights

 

 

War And The Korean Community
From JoongAng (Editorial)
Mar 19, 2003

War has begun despite the world's desire for a peaceful solution. Even though we are far from the battlefield in Iraq, we are “soldiers without guns” in a sense that it is impossible to avoid the direct and indirect effects of the war at home. Moreover, if Iraqi terrorists or Al Qaeda members can possibly perform a terrorist attack targeting the United States, we can be affected as well.

Living in one of the world's most threatened cities, we are already facing everyday inconveniences regarding the high level of security of checks and inspections. Also, in addition to the ongoing recession, the war's mood deters many people from consuming, which affects Korean store-owners.

Travel agencies, restaurants and dry cleaners are affected because of constrained spending on unnecessary expenses.

Ultimately, our businesses and households are damaged regardless of whether each individual is pro-war or anti-war. If the war is not avoidable, it would be wise to confront it using a strategy that allows us to be least affected by it.

Then, what should be the first step in confronting this war?

We have to consider our neighbors and community. There are families who are directly affected as well as those who suffer from related economic difficulties. There are families with a parent, son or brother in Iraq, such as Lieutenant Oh and Lieutenant Cho. We have to visit these families and hope for their relatives' safe returns. We have to pray also for the American’s whose family members were sent to the war.

Major inconveniences like checks and inspections in the city are expected. We have to look for the way to help each other through car-pooling.

Also, we can be emotionally vulnerable and nervous during times of war: we have to be patient with each other and act and communicate gently.

Moreover, to deal with possible economic depression, if we are going to spend money, we should go to Korean businesses for grocery shopping, washing our cars, or for a meeting place. We have to cooperate to overcome this challenge by helping our own community and enabling Korean businesses to survive.

Translated from Korean by JooYeon Lee

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