Engage In American Party Politics
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
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
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
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
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
to The Citizen Page