Don’t belittle Asian achievements

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While I find it unsettling that TimesLedger Newspapers columnist Bob Friedrich seems to have so many issues with my event in honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage month (“On Point: Politics not working right? Columnist knows five reasons why,” June 7-13), but going as far as referring to it as a “cheap political stunt” disrespects and undermines the history of contributions and achievements of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in our society.

This includes the five other honorees of the evening who were recognized for their contributions in the fields of business, education, athleticism and community work.

Despite Friedrich’s personal feelings toward City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing), he cannot take away the fact that Koo’s achievements exemplify the American Dream from his humble beginnings to a successful businessman and dedicated community activist.

Koo serves as an inspiration not just to Asian Americans, but to all Americans. I am grateful for the opportunity to have presented him as “Person of the Year” at my second annual Asian American-Pacific Islander heritage event, and I am more grateful to call Koo my colleague and friend.

Karen Koslowitz

City Councilwoman

(D-Forest Hills)

Updated 9:03 am, June 28, 2012
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Reader feedback

M. Lee from Woodside says:
Councilwoman Koslowitz totally misses or pretends to miss the clear message of the Friedrich "On Point" article, by ducking the question of who funds the endless parade of politician-to-politician award ceremonies. Politicians like to spend taxpayers' money on self-advertising events that, let's face it, are not entirely about the good works of others.

Councilman Koo or any true humanitarian is NOT motivated by the promise of receiving awards from politicians, nor do we need the Councilwoman to lecture us about who is most worthy of our admiration, and then send us the bill. All too often, WE the taxpayers end up paying when politicians pat themselves on the back.
June 27, 2012, 11:52 pm
June from Elmhurst says:
I don't understand why some many issues about her event...I was there and it was very nice with lots of cultural performances and ethnic cuisine. I find her outreach efforts very comforting given her last name and the area she represents,
June 29, 2012, 11:39 am
Sam from Rego Park says:
The so many issues June is not about the event itself, but in relation to "whom" the event was targeting. I highly doubt Bob Friedrich wouldve made such a hoop-la had it been catered to a more "European oriented" event say Irish or Italian.
July 2, 2012, 9:43 am

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