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STANTON : Resident Founds Political Group

July 14, 1992|IRIS YOKOI

A Stanton resident has founded a bipartisan political action group aimed at getting young Korean-Americans in the county involved in the political arena.

Just two months old and with 20 members so far, Korean Americans for Political Representation will start off by supporting candidates in local Orange County races this fall, but the group hopes to expand into a statewide or national organization of concerned young voters, according to founder Robert Hyun, a recent Cal State Long Beach graduate.

Like others his age, Hyun, 24, was motivated by the racial tensions that marked the Los Angeles riots and the belief that Korean-Americans need to become more involved in the community. Hyun hopes that inspiring college-age Korean-Americans to become involved will in turn influence their parents to do the same.

"The reason Korean-Americans don't get involved now is they're intimidated," Hyun said. "But the majority of our members were born here or lived here most of their lives. We can help the United States become a better country."

The group won't just focus on promoting Korean-Americans for office; it will support all candidates it feels will better the community and country, Hyun said.

"I don't want to create barriers for Korean-Americans in the United States. I want Korean-Americans to be integrated," Hyun said.

Interested individuals can contact Hyun at (714) 826-0278.

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