But it is his ethnicity - as the first Asian-American candidate for mayor - that presents some of the most complex issues for Yoon in a city that has historically been steeped in ethnic identity politics. So far, Yoon has signaled an intent to have it both ways when it comes to his race.Naturally I would want to see how
At the same time, however, he is putting his ethnicity at the forefront of his campaign as he seeks to energize a natural base of support and tap into Asian campaign fund-raising networks.Oh, my G-d! Handing out a novelty food item typically found in Chinese restaurants (and possibly invented by Japanese)?! If that's not pandering to his Korean background, I don't know what is. I guess this is what we should expect in a place so ethnically polarized that the candidate walking around with his Asian-looking wife and kids would also be assumed to be playing to the Asian vote.
He hoisted a giant fortune cookie at the traditional Saint Patrick's breakfast in South Boston on March 15, part of a joke that drew nervous laughter because of its overt ethnic reference. And as he strolled the parade route later that day, he passed out fortune cookies to spectators.