On October 24th, Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) co-hosted with NYU College Democrats a meet and greet with Assembly Member Ron Kim for New York.
Given the rapidly approaching election and the current events like the Watter’s World segment mocking the Asian American community, we wanted to hear from a civic leader like the Assembly Member and help students explore these topics.
“It doesn’t quite compare to the 60s’ civil rights movement, but it is the battle I fight everyday–to fight against double standards on Asian Americans,” said Assembly Member Kim in sharing his professional experience in public service. He added that while our community contributes so much in taxes and more, it only gets back half of a percent of the resources from the state government.
Citing that our community needs to speak up more, Assembly Member encouraged the students that “we must fight for our piece of the pie.” Thanks to the event’s co-sponsors NYU KSA, NYU ACU, NYU Freedoms 4 North Korea, Fordham Korean Student Association and Columbia University Asian American Alliance, the event was full of lively discussions.
Several of the questions, including that of NYU Sophomore Grace Moon, had to do with what students can do more to help our community. Assembly Member Kim emphasized that “working for our seat at the table should not come at the expense of other communities. When American Muslims are attacked, I stand with them. When we protested in front of Fox 5, they joined us in support. It wasn’t just Asian American elected officials. We need to reciprocate support and build coalitions to work together. It’s a long and difficult process, but we need to build empathy.”