In his interview with Kyeongin Ilbo on December 18, Jay Kim talked about Osan City’s project to build a memorial park for Task Force Smith.
Kim thanked Osan City for its plan for the memorial park. The plan quickly moved forward after he visited the U.N. Forces First Battle Monument and the Jukmyreong battlefield near Osan in October 2013.
Thinking that “Koreans should not forget about the sacrifice of the fallen members of Task Force Smith that fought to the death at Jukmyreong to defend freedom and peace,” he proposed and agreed with Osan City to “commemorate their will to defend freedom and promote it as a symbol of the alliance between Korea and the U.S.”
“Jukmyreong was the place where Task Force Smith which participated in the Korean War as part of the U.N. forces fought its first battle,” Kim said about the historical significance of the battle and battlefield. “181 of them died during the fierce battle against North Korean fleets of tanks, but they accomplished a great achievement of delaying the southward advancement of North Korean troops.”
Thus, Kim spread the news of the efforts to commemorate this meaningful sacrifice and history through U.S. media, and has been collecting historical items related with the Jukmyreong battle from the members and families of Task Force Smith.
Recently, he talked about these efforts with House Representative Charles Rangel who participated in the Korean War. This led to Rangel’s giving a speech about the significance and importance of Osan City’s project for the memorial park, which was officially left on the congressional record.
Closing the interview, he hoped that “Osan City will build the memorial park in cooperation with the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs and other institutions related with the project without any serious trouble, and will plant 540 trees for the 540 members to remind later generations of the significance of the battle.”
On November 29, Jay Kim appeared on YTN to discuss various issues concerning Ferguson, which included riots and protests in Ferguson, racism in the U.S., controversies over the prosecutor’s handling of the case and the grand jury’s decision, the possibility of, or the need for, reforms in the police and the legal system, improvements in race relations, and compensation measures for the damage that Korean-Americans had from riots.
In his interview with MK News on October 20, Jay Kim talked about social enterprise.
Unlike a commercial enterprise that pursues the maximization of profit for its shareholders, a social enterprise is an enterprise that invests profits from its commercial activities in promoting public causes such as creating jobs for the disadvantaged, alienated classes.
Kim, who believes in a small, efficient government, claimed that, instead of thinking that only the government should deal with social policies and programs including social welfare programs, the private sector should be used in such areas as well. He emphasized that we should find a realistic way to develop corporations and people together in a society and a market.
“Customers are consumers and citizens at the same time,” he said. “A company that ignores social demand cannot but be mired by social inequality in the end.” He thinks that since anyone might fall into such a narrow, short-sighted viewpoint, institutional incentives are needed to prevent such cases.
He proposed two measures. One was to simplify the governmental policies on social enterprise. He added that policies demanding excessive business plans or short-term results from new social corporations or ill-prepared polices with frequent changes of the officials in charge of them would only break the will of social entrepreneurs. The other was to change tax regulations on charitable donations so as to increase social contributions from corporations in general.
He also expressed his own dream in social enterprise: education. He said that he wanted to raise people who have strong belief in social change instead of the petit bourgeois clinging to entering a prestigious college and getting a job in a big corporation. He said, “If one lives by one’s principles and lives everyday as a new day, roads will open up one by one.”
In his interview with Joongang Ilbo on October 13, Jay Kim discussed his experience as a House Representative in regard to the differences in party line politics between Korea and the U.S. and the way in which political parties in the U.S. formed their positions as guidelines for their members by listening to public opinion and consulting with think tanks.
On October 6, Jay Kim received the World Korean Interchange Cooperation Grand Prize from W-KICA. The award ceremony, which also celebrated the eighth Overseas Korean’s Day, was held in the National Assembly Building. W-KICA is an NGO that was established eight years ago to promote overseas Koreans’ legal status, rights, and interests.
Jay Kim was selected as one of eighteen Korean-Americans that empowered Korean-Americans by the Research Center for Korean Community in its book, Korean Americans Who Have Empowered the Korean-American Community, on these people’s achievements and efforts for the Korean-American community.
In his interview with YTN on September 10, Jay Kim talked about people’s prejudice against African-Americans, the bias that associates African-American people with crime, and also the lack of recognition of the importance of education in the African-American community leading to its social and economic alienation and negative perceptions from others, which might perpetuate racism.