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Editorial: Let’s Engage In American Party Politics
From JoongAng
June 27, 2003

Contrary to the calm responses of the Korean community, the mainstream in America is moving fast toward the midterm election in November and the presidential election next year. President Bush took a fast step to come to New York City on June 23 for a fundraising event and successfully gathered more than $4 million.

Unfortunately, there has not been a move for the Korean community so far for the next presidential election. It is true that there is no Korean candidate for the November election; however, this election is good opportunity for the Korean community as an immigrated minority ethnic group to raise our voice and exercise our rights. It is wise to plan strategically and try to earn maximum gain from the election.

There are not many Korean-Americans who actively participate as Republicans or Democrats, other than checking oneself as a Democrat or a Republican when registering to vote.

In New York City, Korean Democrats formed an association to connect the community with the Senate and House members and City Council. Also, Terrance Park ran for the City Council in Flushing. However, Republican groups are disorganized as the campaign finance case went to the high court, and now those groups are settled as private supporters of New York Governor George E. Pataki.

In Bergen County, New Jersey, Korean Republicans are distinguishable. The Bergen County Republican Organization includes 20 members of the community committee, eight of which are Korean. They are working in the grass roots of American Party politics exercising rights including voting for the Republican nominees for various elections. Also, Jason Kim works as a Democrat in Palisade Park City. Others are Korean-Americans who support local politicians in an individual level.

Yet, Koreans’ participation in party politics is in the toddler stage, much less than our need to enhance our rights and privileges. The Korean community needs to engage in American party-politics for the November election and the presidential election next year. Also, the activities should be oriented toward the furthering and deeper gains beyond the instant event to raise funds and take pictures with the politicians.

First, Korean-Americans need to register as party members and engage in more profound and practical activities to affect our lives—join in the local meeting and gain a vote for party nominees. Especially in case of New York City, Koreans’ participation as Republican Party members is almost none. It is urgent to form a Republican organization which is officially affiliated with New York City Republican Party to promote active participation in electing party members and nominees. All these efforts will contribute to raise rights and privileges of the Korean community.

Translated from Korean by JooYeon Lee

 

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