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Koreans Should Help 9/11 Victims
From Korea Times
August 20, 2002

By Change, Rae-Joon 

On September 11th, there will be diverse ceremonies to honor the victims of the terrorist attacks and their families.

On this day, New York City will be commemorating the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Events are planned at Battery Park and in many churches. Amongst other parades, families will march carrying portraits of the victims.

The Korean community also seems to be arranging their own ceremonies to commemorate the one-year anniversary of terrorist attack. In addition, they are claiming that they will console the families of the victims by participating in the ceremonies that New York City is sponsoring.

However, these events are going to be held not because the Korean community desires deeply from its heart to honor the victims and console the families, but because it is "one’s moral duty."

The leaders of the Korean community who have been shouting "Korean Society unification" are observing a strict silence concerning the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Moreover, the Korean American Association of New York (KAANY) has not even grasped the details of ceremonies regarding the 9/11 attacks.  

Although the Korean Society honors the victims and consoles the families, they do not seem to be putting forth the utmost efforts to help settle the immediate problems related to the terrorist attacks. A family member of one of the victim says with slight bitterness, "I hear that many ceremonies are going to be held in the Korean Society as well" but adds "However, they seem to be having these ceremonies not because they want to pay tributes to the victims and the families, but because they just feel that they are obliged to have these events."

Kim Pyung-Gyum, President of the Korean Bereaved Family Organization, says that "Besides the ceremonies sponsored by New York City and New York State, I have not received any official information about the ceremonies sponsored by the Korean Society."  

It has been already almost a year since the horrible terrorist attack. All of us are the victims of 9/11 terrorist attack, however, we should learn to help out people who are in worse situation with deep affection and concern.  

 

Translated from Korean by Julia Yook.

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