Meet our New Organizing Project, Generation 2 blogger, Josh Joh-Jung! You can see his blog posts every Mondays. He comes to us from our Chicago affiliate, the Korean American Resource & Cultural Center (KRCC) and their youth group, FYSH!Name: Josh Joh-Jung (aka joh-boi)
From: Chicago, IL
1. If I can sum myself up…
I am a Korean American who loves his country but I will actively continue community organizing to promote social change for the people of this country. My main interest is serving the people of my community selflessly because when I serve them, it is the greatest feeling in the world because I know I was able to make a stand, represent and create progress for society no matter how small it may be.
2. When I’m not blogging or participating in community work you can find me doing…
studying and critically thinking about what it means to be a Korean American and an Asian American and the issues and politics that go alongside it while hanging out with my friends. You can also find me working out at the YMCA, attending high school (Class of 2011! give it up y’all!), playing mahjong with the homeboys, talking to my girlfriend and eating, eating, eating. I love to eat all kinds of food, except junk food in large amounts.
3. My favorite quote is….
by Kim Gu, who was a revolutionary, a reunification activist, leader of the Korean independence movement in the early 20th century and educator.
“I want our nation to become the most beautiful nation in the world. I do not want our nation to become the richest and the most powerful nation in the world. Because I have felt pain of being invaded by another nation, I do not want my nation to invade others. It is sufficient that our wealth is such that it makes our lives abundant and our military strength such that it is able to repel others’ invasions. The only thing that I desire in infinite quantity is the power of a highly-developed culture. This is because the power of culture both make ourselves happy and gives happiness to others.
This is my favorite quote because it shows his love for his country and the understanding that a strong unified people will rise up above all else and be the happiest and most solid. It shows exactly how I envision the future of American communities.4. Fighting the good fight means….
knowing even when your chances of success are slim, when people tell you it is meaningless, acknowledging that if you fail you face consequences, and yet you still head towards your destination because you believe so deeply in the difference it will make for yourself and for others. This is what it means to fight the good fight. 5. What I hope NOP readers and followers will be able to get out of our blogs… information necessary to initiate progressive critical thinking on issues relating to Asian American community, which range from immigration, daily news, pop culture, race relations, identity and community consciousness. I hope that readers and followers will be able to relate to and understand our upcoming blogs and spark critical thinking.