Asian Americans in the Political Arena

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A conversation with Congressional Representatives Grace Meng and Andrew Kim

Grace Meng Andy Kim

This program was rescheduled from April 8, 2019

Hear from locally elected congresswoman Grace Meng, who is serving her fourth term in the United States House of Representatives and is the first Asian American to represent New York in Congress, and representative Andy Kim, New Jersey’s first Asian American congressman and son of Korean immigrants who believes service is a way of life.

As part of a wide-ranging discussion on political agency within Asian American communities, Meng and Kim share their unique personal experiences, perspectives, and lessons learned throughout their journey in politics. 


Speakers

U.S. Congressman Andy Kim was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018. He represents the Third Congressional District of New Jersey, which stretches from the Delaware River to the Atlantic Ocean encompassing most of Burlington County and parts of Ocean County. Congressman Kim grew up in South Jersey, the proud son of Korean immigrants. His father and mother raised Andy and his sister in South Jersey because of the top-notch public school system and safe communities. Andy attended public K-12 schools and credits the quality of his education with helping him become a Rhodes Scholar and leading national security expert. Andy is a dedicated public servant, who believes service is a way of life. He worked as a career public servant under both Democrats and Republicans, and served at the Pentagon, State Department, the White House National Security Council, and in Afghanistan as an advisor to Generals Petraeus and Allen. He currently lives in Burlington County with his wife and two baby boys. 

U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng is serving her fourth term in the United States House of Representatives. Grace represents the Sixth Congressional District of New York encompassing the New York City borough of Queens, including west, central and northeast Queens.  Grace is the first and only Asian American Member of Congress from New York State and the first female Congressmember from Queens since former Vice Presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro. Grace is a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittees on State and Foreign Operations, and Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies. Prior to serving in Congress, Grace was a member of the New York State Assembly. Before entering public service, she worked as a public-interest lawyer. Grace resides in Queens with her husband, Wayne, two sons — Tyler and Brandon — and her dog, Bounce.

Juju Chang

Juju Chang (moderator) is an Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC News' Nightline. She has covered several high-profile stories, from interviewing transgender soldier Chelsea Manning to the Orlando nightclub attacks and the Boston Marathon bombing. She has also profiled newsmakers including Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Oprah Winfrey. She joined ABC news in 1987 as a desk assistant and has since risen as a correspondent and anchor for the network. Chang graduated with honors from Stanford University with a B.A. in political science and communication. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a founding board member of the Korean American Community Foundation.

This spring, Asia Society presents Asian in America, a series of conversations, performances, and celebrations exploring the Asian and Asian American experience in the United States.

Event Details

Mon 17 Jun 2019
6:30 - 8 p.m.

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New York, NY 10021

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