the Anti-American Voice
Jan 16, 2003
By Ahn, JoonYong
Twenty-five members of United Korean-Americans for America announced
a resolution on January 16 at Seoul Plaza in Flushing, Queens demanding
that Koreans hold back their anti-American rallies. It also expresses
concerns about anti-Korean sentiments in the United States.
In the meeting, the group declared, North Koreans pretend to be
advocates of peace, however, they are threatening the global order
by producing nuclear weapons to reunite the two Koreas through massive
war. The committee was also worried about anti-Americanism, saying
some South Koreans do not understand the North Koreans' real intention
and call for the reform of ROK-US SOFA (The Korean Status of Forces
Agreement), and the withdrawal of American troops. These protests
are creating chaos both in Korea and in the United States.
The committee also stated, we have to harmonize with the U.S. federal
government and Americans and be thankful living our new homeland.
The members added, "It is not right for some Korean-Americans to
take advantage of the anti-American tones in Korea to promote anti-American
United Korean-Americans for America is preparing open discussions
and seminars for the young students including those in Korea and
Korean immigrants in the United States. In addition, it will build
a web page to connect Korean-Americans with Koreans to discuss the
The group consists of about 40 members, including present and former
heads of many Korean-American organizations. The resolution was
dealt with in their first meeting.
JoonJae, Bang, the chairman of the committee, clarified that they
will reject violence and act along with many different voices of
Translated from Korean by JooYeon Lee
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