Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Korean politics in Greater New York

You'd be forgiven if you thought the above picture was an AP photo accompanying a news story about Korean politicians buying out the Executive Branch of the Federal government as a way to help Washington make ends meet. (That scenario is at least ten years away... at least ten.)

Rather it's the photo accompanying the New York Times story about the election of a new leader for the Korean-American Association of Greater New York. This kind of stuff is important for a relatively new immigrant community that owes its success to hard work and intense cooperation. Marmot's Hole has a discussion of the whole thing; in particular, Wangkon has a good explanation as to why this kind of thing is still important, and Oranckay explains why this kind of thing draws Korean-American immigrants.

The sashes really do look like what you'd typically find in local politicking in Korea.

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