Downloadable: English and Korean Press Statements
September 17, 2004 Contact: Myung Joo Yoon (KRC), 323-937-3718
Press Release Morna Ha (NAKASEC), 323-937-3703
For Immediate Release
NAKASEC to Release 70,000 Election Guides Nationwide for 2004
On September 17, 2004 (Friday), the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC) will release Vote 2004: How Our Government Works and the Electoral Process. 70,000 Korean language copies will be distributed nationally during the 2004 elections. NAKASEC hopes that the guide’s focus on the U.S. government structure and electoral process will encourage Korean Americans to become not only informed voters, but informed citizens.
The guide was produced by NAKASEC and its affiliates the Korean Resource Center (Los Angeles), the Korean American Resource & Cultural Center (Chicago), and YKASEC â€“ Empowering the Korean American Community (New York). It is part of the APIA Vote voter mobilization and education work and received support from National Voice.
Upon the release of the guide during a federal election year, Eunsook Lee, executive director of NAKASEC said: “The 2004 election is an important election that we can not be left out of. Korean Americans and APIAs must ensure representation so that their voices are heard. There are many issues at stake including immigration, health, education, and civil rights.”
Dae Joong Yoon, executive director of KRC also added: “APIAs and specifically Korean Americans have special needs as immigrants, new voters, Limited English Proficient, and those with other special needs like seniors. This guide provides a framework to understand U.S. policies and government. In this way, we are encouraging an informed vote.”
Kent Chaegu Lee, executive director of KRCC commented on the guide’s growth in distribution: “In 1996, we first launched our guide and made 50,000 copies. This year, we have produced the largest number ever and it will be broader in distribution reaching out to Korean Americans in major cities as well as smaller cities where they are becoming a significant presence.”
YuSoung Mun, executive director of YKASEC noted the potential of the Korean American and APIA vote: “Korean Americans and APIAs can make a difference. In Florida, for example, 537 votes determined the capture of the State in the 2000 election. There are 111,000 APA citizens who are eligible to vote. Those 111,000 could have influenced the outcome of the election.”