On Monday, April 6th 2015, staffs of Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) and Minsun Kim, president of the Long Island Conservatory met with Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY 3rd district).
This meeting was arranged by Mrs. Minsun Kim who is a good friend of the congressman, and was attended by Dongchan Kim (KACE President), Dohyung Kim (KACE Board member), and Chejin Park (staff attorney). The meeting took place in the district office of Congressman Israel for about 30 minutes.
Presidents Dongchan Kim and Minsun Kim delivered the community’s concerns about Prime Minister Abe’s approaching visit to Washington DC and his address for the Joint Session of the United States Congress scheduled to be on April 29th. President Donchan Kim stated that the community will not tolerate the prime minister’s address before the US joint session unless he vows to stop his visits to the Yasukuni Shrine for worship, stop revising history, and makes formal apology for Japan’s war crimes including systemic organization of the “Comfort Women,” and President Minsun Kim stressed that historical truth, justice, and human rights must come before anything else. Furthermore, they urged Congressman Israel to speak on behalf of the community to other members of the congress including Congressman John Boehner, the speaker of the House of Representatives.
The congressman responded by saying that he has been deeply involved in the “Comfort Women” issue and had a thorough understanding and appreciation for the community’s concerns. He reassured the attendees of the meeting that he will make them known to the executive body.
The first course of action he will take is to issue a formal document expressing concern about the Japanese government’s denial of its war crimes to Kenichiro Sasae, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States, and deliver the same document to Congressman John Boehner.
KACE plans to contact other representatives to voice its concerns about Abe’s address, and urge the congress members to announce their official position on the issue.