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Korean Lobbyists -First Meeting of the Korean American Political Network
From JoongAng
April 10, 2003

By Kim, JongHoon

Korean-Americans had a meeting to initiate professional lobbying group. The first meeting for initiating the Korean American Political Network was held on April 10.

It was attended by the 1.5 and the 2nd immigrant-generations who had previous experience on local elections and other activists of the 1st generation who participate in many otherKorean organizations, such as the Korean Association of New York. There were about 20 participants including SukYoung Kim, JoonKu Park, and Terrance Park. JoonKu Park, currently a vice-president of policy department of the Korean Association, was elected as a Council director.

Park mentioned, “We Korean community is not yet reached the level of engagement, like American politicians who concern votes and the funds the most in political activities.” He added, “our meeting will formulate a group which discusses how we can promote our lobbying group beyond parties and seeks ground for further engagement.”

Park also stated, “We will help the 1.5 and the 2nd generations to engage in American politics and will discuss how we can enhance interests of Korean government and businesses through lobbying and working with Korean-American elected officials.”

In the meeting, they discussed a broad area of activities with included leadership from Korean community, policy making procedures and methods for lobbying, activities reaching each local communities, ways to insure funding of the group, and so on.

They decided to have a regular meeting in every month. In those meetings, they will prepare more detailed plans and projects for organizing the group activities.

The meeting was joined by other Korean-Americans: from the 1.5 and 2nd generations—SukYoung Kim, a lawyer who was a candidate for Council Member in Bergen County, David Jung, a candidate for Palisade Park City Council, Joon Choi, the president of the KALCA, an organization for promoting political participation for the 2nd generation—as well as people from the 1st generation—Ihak Park, the vice president of Korean Association of New York, KyongRo Lee, the vice director of the same organization, YoHyun Kim, the vice-director of the same organization, DongSuk Kim, the director for Korean American Voters Council of New York and New Jersey, NamPyo Kim, the owner of Kim’s Jewelry.

Translated from Korean by JooYeon Lee

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