Trust us, it's different: Koreans in Atlanta back a Japanese-American in Congress

There are others for whom the war still isn’t over. On Friday, a group of Koreans in Atlanta will be holding a fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Michael Makoto Honda, D-Calif. They expect perhaps 150 to attend, and have a goal of raising at least $25,000.

This is unusual. Honda is of Japanese extraction – third generation. And Koreans, here and in Asia, have unfinished business with their World War II foe – perhaps an apology or two for the Rising Sun’s conduct as an invader.

But Baik Jean Kim, president of the Korean American Grocers Association, who is putting Friday’s shindig together, says there is method in the Korean community’s support for Honda.

“We need Koreans to help him. Only he is talking about these things in Congress,” Kim said this morning.

Honda was born five months before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Honda spent the first years of his life with his family in a Colorado internment camp. More important, the California congressman has taken on the Japanese government when it comes to the “comfort women” who were kidnapped and raped during World War II.

The 6:30 p.m. Friday fundraiser for Honda will be at the Korean American Cultural Center located at 5900 Brook Hollow Parkway in Norcross.

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What are we talking about? Davis allegedly sprayed a female city employee’s rump with “an aerosol product.” Lysol, we hear.

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“As a small business owner, Taylor understands the importance of locally owned companies in a community, and the gravity of the roles those businesses play in the lives of that community’s families,” Porter said.

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The New York Post's Page Six reports that Atlanta movie mogul Tyler Perry was on hand. But more importantly, Connie "Mrs. Coach" Britton was there. The White House, though, wasn't eager to talk about it. From the Washington Post:

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