I come from humble beginnings.
Born and raised in Georgia, I am the son of Korean immigrants and the grandson of refugees from the Korean War. From an early age, my mother instilled in me the importance of faith, family, and hard work. Every Sunday, I attended Korean churches where my mother played the organ, and First Baptist Church of Atlanta and North Point Community Church to attend Sunday school. As a single mother and an immigrant to a new country, she struggled to raise three kids. She taught piano lessons and tutored children after school to put food on the table, and stressed the importance of education.
Growing up in Gwinnett County, I went to Providence Christian Academy for elementary school. I am also a product of our great public education system attending Taylor Road Middle School and Chattahoochee High School. After graduating high school, I opened and managed my family’s small business in Roswell, Georgia while taking a few classes at Georgia Perimeter Community College. The financial stability from the business, along with the HOPE Scholarship, allowed me to attend Georgia State University for undergrad and law school. Through my mom’s example, guidance, and sacrifice, I achieved the American Dream becoming the first lawyer in my family.
In December of 2014, my mother was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer, and given 4 to 6 months to live without chemo and 2 years with chemo. For more than three years, my sisters and I took my mom to 5 to 7 hour long chemotherapy sessions where I was constantly reminded of the importance of having access to healthcare.
My mother’s battle against cancer, which taught me that access to healthcare is a matter of life or death, inspired me to step up and run in 2016. With fire in my belly, and determination to hold my elected official accountable, I challenged a three-term chairwoman who voted against expanding Medicaid in our state that would have provided more than 500,000 Georgians access to healthcare; a fight I still fight today. With a grassroots campaign, my team and I were able to break through barriers for the LGBTQ+ and Asian American community by refusing to give up, stand firm for what’s right, and being fearless in the face of uncertainty.
I am proud to be given the opportunity to serve the people of Georgia’s House District 101. I have been taught to love one another; to treat them as I would be treated. To me, that means to serve my neighbor, to help those in need, and give back to my community in every aspect of my life.
Yours in Service,