Who am I?
I was born on December 13, 1986 in Seoul, South Korea. Shortly after, my family immigrated to America to find the American Dream. My father, retired, was a former shoe repair business owner. My mother works as a cook at a Korean-Japanese restaurant. My parents have instilled in me the values of education, service and hard work as the keys to success.
I have worked at various Hi-Tech firms that included Gorilla Systems, Ndeka and Brain Cloud Interactive where I worked in various roles as a Game Play Programmer and Software Engineer. My experience at these firms led to a position at the University of Oklahoma as a Software Engineer from 2011 to 2013 where I helped develop and prototype UI and game play with the Unity3D engine to build a research tool that would help federal analysts mitigate cognitive biases. I currently work for Raptura as their Chief Technology Officer in Norman, Oklahoma.
Why am I running?
As a child, I saw myself working in IT, and that is exactly what I did. I became a software engineer. The thought of running for office never crossed my mind. When the housing bubble popped, all the so-called experts said no one could have seen it coming. They said the solution to the Great Recession was to do the exact same thing that caused it. I decided to run for Congress because the future of the country is at stake.
The economy is extremely fragile, and we will go into another recession or even a depression. There had been one or two recessions every decade. There was the housing bubble, dot-com bubble, savings and loan crisis, energy crisis; so a recession is practically guaranteed. The leaders of this country are ignoring the problems and giving Wall Street a tremendous amount of money. I believe it’s time for a new generation of leadership to take the stage that will focus on bringing family wage paying jobs back to America.
My top three policy goals are:
1. Revolutionize Education - There is a lot of redundancy in education. Ask children if what they are learning now was taught in previous grades, and their answer will be yes. I will nationalize the educational system and consolidate the curriculum. This will free up time which will allow the introduction of technical education and college course at middle school. Also, families will no longer have to worry about synchronizing their children’s education to the new school.
2. Fix the Financial System - During the recent financial crisis, the banks received $16 trillion dollars of near interest free loans from the government in addition to the bailout money. They took some of that money and placed it in a special account at the Federal Reserve where they earn interest and bought government bonds that gave a higher rate of return than the interest on the bail out. The bailed out companies are paying us back with our money while simultaneously putting us in debt to them for bailing them out. I will ban companies from making obscene profits at taxpayer expense. I will require banks to have at least 45% in reserves and separate the risky investment banking from regular deposits by reinstating Glass-Steagall. I will put an end to quantitative easing which is giving Wall Street close to a trillion dollars year after year and putting us even further in debt to rich bankers.
3. Bring Back Manufacturing - In 2010, China surpassed the U.S. in manufacturing. It won’t be long until Japan and Germany overtakes us as well. In order to bring back manufacturing from overseas, I will make immigration easier. Some people argue that the influx in immigrants will mean fewer jobs for the people who are already here. However, the contrary is true. When Arizona tried to get rid of people, the economy over there started breaking down. If all the workers are here, businesses will have no choice but to come back. Also, many foreign companies already want to operate business here, but the laws make it too difficult. To ensure foreign companies don’t treat workers poorly like they do overseas, I will help strengthen unions to ensure quality wages and safety standards.
My DFA Values
My campaign embodies DFA Values. I will fight until the LGBT community has equal rights in marriage and federal benefits. I will push for a more liberal immigration policy. I will defend a woman’s right to choose. I will fight to put an end to the destructive activities the country is doing. I will repeal the Patriot Act and defund our huge war budget. I will change the tax code so corporations actually pay taxes instead of profiting off the system. With all the savings, the money will be used to invest in the future through green jobs, education, and health care.
My Campaign is People Powered!
My campaign has been reaching out to labor leaders and community leaders. We have also been working to gain the support of all my fellow Democrats. We are working to build a huge volunteer base to further our outreach.