On August 18, Newt and I traveled to Los Angeles, California for a series of roundtable meetings with community, business, and political leaders in the local Asian American community.
We met with Thai-American, Korean-American and Chinese-American leaders to listen to their concerns about local, state and federal government.
In Thai Town, community leaders emphasized the need to spur job creation in their community by reforming local, state, and federal regulations that are currently preventing hiring in their community — largely dominated by the restaurant and tourism industries. Visa reform was also a major concern.
Next, we met with leaders of the Korean-American community in Korea Town. The discussion echoed concerns similar to the Thai-American community: creating jobs, growing the American economy, and visa reform. Korean-American leaders also voiced their support for the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement.
Koreatown Daily published an article about our meeting, as did Korea Herald Business.
You can view Newt’s interview on Korean TV News LA 18.
Our visit ended with a roundtable discussion with Chinese-American leaders from southern California.
Many Chinese immigrants and first-generation Chinese Americans are returning to China due to the lack of job opportunities in the United States. Local and state regulations, bureaucracy and red tape were also a major concern among those struggling to create jobs.
Our discussions with Thai-Americans, Korean-Americans, and Chinese-Americans were a great opportunity to listen and learn from local community leaders. We look forward to continuing our conversation with the Asian American community.