“The politics starts from the question of what the relations between the local politics and me are. And the multicultural families and intermarriage women know more clearly what policies are needed for them than anyone else.”
“When the lives of the intermarriage women are improved, women’s lives will also be improved. To do so, the politics should be transformed. The intermarriage women should participate in politics and unite with each other, raising critical mind.” Seonghee Bae, R&D Manager with Center for Korean women & Politics and Ph.D with politics said.
As Center for Korean women & Politics is carrying out five kinds of political programs ahead of the 2010 local election, a political project of making female congresswoman from a foreign country is held at the Learning Room 3 on the fourth floor of Seoul Women’s Plaza, Daebang-dong in June 22 to 23 for two days.
On the first day of the first program, the intermarriage women learned about basic and general politics such as ‘What is the politics?’, ‘Why should the intermarriage women participate in it?’ without any restriction, feeling friendlier toward the hard topic. And on the second day of the first program, education programs such as ‘The first step of becoming a lawmaker: Receiving the public nomination’ are prepared at a practical preparation level.
Okgum Won with a 12-year-staying intermarriage Vietnamese in Korea said at the talk time under the theme of ‘What is the politics?’, “I believe that the politics is a way of expressing my right that can be realized by democratic procedure. During the Vietnam War, female women aggressively took part in the politics but after war, the power of congresswomen is severely weakened.
Hakyu Chung, Co-president with Korean Women for Legislature expressed the actual situations of migrants staying in South Korea and the participation rates of female politicians, laying out a new model of a migrant politician for the intermarriage women as introduction of Sukhee Kang who is the Mayer of Irvine, a rich city in the State of California. His winning election opened a new chapter of a 105-year Koreans’ immigration history in the U.S. when he was elected by local voters in his constituency.
Mayer Kang was a normal youth at 24 who graduated from University in 1977 and left the motherland. Even though he couldn’t rely on the educational background, regionalism, wealth and others at all, he was elected as mayor, going through harsh hardships and unseen glass-ceiling. His know-how of success is simple, which is the most basic thing, diligence, best, honesty, harmony, and vision in line with practice.
He visited every house and listened to their opinions in campaigning, which left strong impressions on voters. In addition, he could win the locals’ minds and hearts and reflected it to the policy, making him a new mayor.
Why did he put his steps into politics? He came across a turning point in 1988, when he witnessed the LA riot which blasted off compatriots’ houses or businesses. He realized something important at that time.
“According to a Korean futuristic report, the number of migrants will hover over 5% of the total population in 2020 and the number of the multiciultural children will also increase at a rapid speed. At that time, one in five will be a mixed blooded child and they need a representative for them.” On top of that, Mrs. Jung said that now is the time to prepare it.
Kyeongha choi who is promoting a family assistant center at Gyeyang-gu, Incheon said, “As I dealt with the matters of the intermarriage and their children, I met this politics program, which is very helpful.” She also expressed her interest in running for the local legislature.