092542441Congressman Faleomavaega pays tribute to KACE in his farewell statement to the U.S. House of Representatives (Dong-A Ilbo 11/24)

“I am honored to pay tribute to Korean American Civic Empowerment and its steering committee chair Dongsuk Kim for their remarkable dedication and contribution to the Korean American community. It is a pleasure to submit this statement for the historical record.”

Eni Faleomavaega (71, Democratic, American Samoa’s At-large district, Photo) who took the lead in the 2007 Comfort Women Resolution of the U.S. House of Representatives, paid a tribute to KACE and its steering committee chair Dongsuk Kim (56) on his farewell statement.

American Samoa Del. Eni Faleomavaega lost his reelection bid, and will be stepping down from his office of 26 years at the end of next month. Before attending the farewell service at Capitol Hill on the 19th, he gave his long friend, Kim, an unforgettable gift.

“Although I would like to give thanks to many people on my farewell statement, I would like to pay special tribute to Kim, whom I have known for over 10 years, for his noteworthy achievements and dedication to promoting the civic empowerment of Korean Americans in the U.S.” Faleomavaega added.

On the statement, he wrote, “After the infamous 1992 L.A. riot, Kim has devoted his life to empowering and promoting the rights and interests of the Korean American community in the U.S.” and further added “In order to support the passage of the comfort women resolution, Kim traveled throughout the United States and organized various campaigns.”

Additionally, Faleomavaega praised “KACE increased Korean American voter participation from 5% in 1996 to 58% in 2012, and helped more than 27,000 people register to vote” and added “In 2011, KACE led a campaign to make FTA agreement between the U.S. and Korea.”

In return, Kim said “In 2007, together with Congressman Mike Honda, Eni was the first in the U.S. to conduct a comfort women hearing. I am deeply sorry that someone who has caused a positive contribution to the Korean American community is about to leave.”

 

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