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Introduction

The pilot episode of our new podcast Korean American Perspectives features Congressman Andy Kim, the first Korean American member of Congress in over 20 years. Despite the Congressman’s busy schedule, CKA Senior Director Jessica Lee was able to sit down with Congressman Kim for a brief but inspiring conversation. As a representative of New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District, Congressman Kim constantly puts the people of his district first and is a champion of affordable healthcare in an era “where 40% of Americans can’t handle a $400 emergency”. From his Korean American upbringing to his journey running for Congress, Congressman Kim reminds us of the importance of civic engagement and what is at stake for the Korean American community if we can’t get our voices heard.