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Korean Americans Hopeful after Korean Summit

Kim Jong-un
North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un

Hope for family reunification and peace are being expressed following the summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Joon Bang, Executive Director of the Korean American Coalition in Los Angeles, attended a watch party with more than 30 other people.

“You know, it was kind of surreal. It was almost like watching a cartoon. It was really a lot to take in, I think,” Bang said to KABC. “”It was a really emotional experience.”

In Federal Way, Washington, Sara Oh, president of the Federal Way Korean American Association, echoed the feeling that the whole thing is “surreal.”

“The general message is hopeful,” Oh said to the Federal Way Mirror. “It’s something I didn’t think I’d see in my lifetime.”

John Lee is Vice President of the Korean American Association of Chicago. For him, the summit will go a long way in easing political tensions between the North and South.

“We need to relax the tension,” he said to the Daily Journal.

Others say the impossible has happened before.

“If West and East Germany can unify, then we can certainly wish that Korea will one day be unified,” said Susan Turner, a Korean American.

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