This week, the Fullerton City Council was expected to sign a memorandum of understanding, or MOU, with the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency, a Korean nonprofit group that fosters trade between U.S. and Korean businesses, according to the O.C. Register.
The 2010 U.S. Census shows Fullerton is home to 15,500 residents with Korean ethnicity, 11.5 percent of the city’s population. The City of Fullerton predicts that by 2015 Asians will make up over 21% of their local population.
While Korean businessmen are making headway in Fullerton, the community has not found electoral success. City Commissioner Roland Chi ran for the City Council in 2010, garnering just over 9,000 votes, but he lost to Bruce Whitaker, who is now the Mayor of Fullerton, by about 2,500 votes, according to Smart Voter.
Chi was dogged throughout the race by allegations that he was a carpetbagger and that a supermarket he owns, in Garden Grove, poisoned eleven customers. A website launched against him, called Bad Chi, also linked to these negative articles about Chi:
- Roland Chi: Thief
- 96% of Chi Donations Come from Outside of Fullerton
- Roland Chi: The Day The DA Took My DNA
- So Why Did Rackauckas Endorse Roland Chi After Criminally Charging Him
- Roland Chi Supported Convicted Sheriff Mike Corona
- Another Chi No-No: Using a Non-profit to Promote a Political Candidacy
- Where Was Roland Chi Three Short Years Ago?
Another Korean-American, Young Kim (pictured above), who currently works for Congressman Ed Royce, is going to run against Sharon Quirk-Silva in 2014, for the 65th Assembly District.
A comical South Korean soap opera about the daily lives of a couple and their neighbors has become hugely popular in Cuba, according to Korean officials there, Cubans are glued to their TV sets when the drama “Queen of Housewives” is broadcast on the state-run TV Canal Habana four times a week, according to Korean officials at the Havana office of the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency.
The 2009 MBC mini-series that began airing on Feb. 26 was the first Korean drama ever to be shown in the Caribbean nation.