Dave Min Listens To High School Students Voice Their Concern For The Future

Irvine, CA: On Saturday, nearly 30 high school students from the Korean American Young Leaders (KAYL) group had the opportunity to meet with guest speaker, UCI Law professor Dave Min, candidate for United States Congress (CA-45). Professor Min spoke to the group, ranging from 9th to 12th grades, about civic engagement and shared his journey on how he became a law professor and why he decided to run for Congress. Min reminded the students, “Because we have no elected Korean officials in the U.S. government, we are not able to express our opinions on important matters such as the situation in North Korea or Immigration.”  

The students had the opportunity to ask Min questions during a Q&A session. The students expressed some of their concerns with the candidate, which included the lack of immigration opportunities, the increase of gun violence and high taxes. The students were concerned that their generation would have to carry the burden of high taxes. Min agreed with their concerns and said he believes the people in this district are already paying a lot in taxes and wants to ensure that policies are fiscally sound so that taxpayers are not further burdened.

Min encouraged the students to be proud of their Korean-American heritage and to take advantages of opportunities the United States has to offer by becoming strong leaders. Soo Bin Cho, 12th grade student from University High School said “He seems like a genuine person who cares about the people and I hope to have the chance to work as an Intern on his campaign.”  Christian Shin, a 10th grade student from Northwood High School said “It will be great to finally have a Korean-American Congressman represent us in Washington D.C. I would be very proud to have Dave Min as our Congressperson.”

The next general meeting for KAYL will be on Saturday, November 10, 2017 at 4:30 pm. For more information about how to join KAYL, visit KoreanAmericanCenter.org or KAYL.org.

Posted on: October 16, 2017