It will be interesting to see if this ethnic Filipina will be able to win a parliamentary seat in this month’s elections in Korea:
The Filipino community in South Korea is rallying behind the candidacy of Jasmine Lee, a Filipina married to a Korean who is running for Parliament under the ruling party, and Vice President Jejomar Binay said her strong showing “gives hope not only for Filipinos but also for all migrants and immigrants.”
“We are all very proud that a full-blooded Filipino is being given the opportunity to be a member of the Korean Parliament,” Binay told South Korean media. “It shows that Korea is prepared to extend the opportunity to become a public servant even to those who were not born here.”
Binay said if elected, Lee “will be an advocate not only of Filipino workers’ rights, but the rights of all migrants in South Korea as well.”
Lee is a popular TV host, and heads the Global Resource Center in Seoul, a non-government organization serving as a support group for foreign wives of Koreans.
She became a naturalized Korean in 1998, three years after she married Korean Lee Dongho and moved to South Korea.
The ruling Saenuri Party included her in the list of 46 candidates for the proportional representative seats in the April 11 elections in South Korea. [The Daily Tribune]
Does anyone know if someone who wasn’t ethnically Korean has ever been elected to the Korean parliament before?