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Irvine’s deputy mayor facing xenophobic interrogations at council meeting

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Irvine’s deputy mayor facing xenophobic interrogations at council meeting

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On Tuesday, Irvine’s deputy mayor Tammy Kim was the victim of racism and xenophobia during a council meeting for a project to build a veterans cemetery in the city.

About the meeting: City officials held a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the site where they would set up an Orange County veterans cemetery, according to OC voice.

  • After hours of debate, lawmakers voted four to one to make Gypsum Canyon the official cemetery area and not Irvine. Councilor Larry Agran was reportedly the only council member to vote against the Anaheim Hills site.

  • Kim expressed support for the project in July, OC Register reported. “I am ready to support this site,” Kim said. “We have to do this for our veterans. “

Racist attack: While the meeting, a man identified as Eugene Kaplan, a member of the group of residents pushing for Irvine as a cemetery site, stepped onto the podium and began making xenophobic remarks against Kim, LAist reported.

  • “You are from South Korea. What do you think of the 36,574 Americans who died trying to save your country for freedom so that you can come here and keep it from being invaded by North Koreans and Chinese, ”Kaplan said , a supporter of Agran.

  • “This is my country,” Kim said, interrupting Kaplan in his speech as attendees showed their support for the politician with applause. “This is my country and I am American,” she shouted as Kaplan tried to repeat her previous statement.

  • “Yes, you are American because you are lucky enough to live to get here,” Kaplan said in her response to Kim.

The following : Many voters later condemned Kaplan’s remarks against Kim, including Mayor Farrah Khan and City Councilor Mike Carroll.

  • “On behalf of the town of Irvine, I think I speak on behalf of my colleagues here. I apologize to everyone in this room. I apologize to my friend, colleague and political opponent Tammy Kim for the racism displayed here tonight, which is contemptible, disgusting, unwarranted, ”Carroll said at the meeting.

  • In A declaration the next day Kim said: “At last night’s city council meeting, I was the target of hostile racist attacks from supporters of one of my council colleagues who questioned my citizenship, my patriotism and my right to be on the dias [sic]. As a Korean American, Asian American and proud resident of Irvine, I condemn all forms of racism and will speak out against anti-Asian hatred and those who attack our immigrant communities.

Featured Image Via Tammy Kim for Irvine City Council (left), @josie_huang (law)

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