Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Do You Know This Man? (Not Obama, the Other Guy)
Remember the tag line of the Meltingpot is "keeping track of where cultures collide, co-mingle and cozy up?" Well, I just had to bring your attention to some more cultures cozying up in the Obama administration. Do you all know the story of Eugene Kang? He's a 24-year old Korean-American political wunderkid, who also happens to be special assistant to President Obama. Did I mention he's only 24!
I love Kang's story because it is America's meltingpot working at its very best. The American-born child of Korean immigrants, Kang grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Got a taste for politics early, ran for city council while still in college and got involved in the Obama campaign before Obama was, well, OBAMA. Even better, Kang was very instrumental in helping many Asian-Americans transfer their support away from Hilary Clinton, in the primaries, and vote for Obama. How did he do this? By pointing out Obama's many ties to the Asian community, including growing up in Hawaii, living in Indonesia, and having an Asian stepfather and sister, just for starters.
Not that I believe in multiracial fairy tales, but as a big fan of the exquisite combination of Kimchee and chitllin's, I hope the Obama/Kang connection plays its role in promoting the positive in Black/Korean relations. We definitely need more love there. And if anybody can do it, my vote would be for Obama... and Eugene Kang. Yes, they can.