The WaPo believes Virginia Congressional candidates are pandering to Korean voters

Interestingly, the Washington Post’s editorial board has emphatically come out against Congressional candidates Barbara Comstock (Republican) and John Foust (Democrat) stated desire to introduce legislation to co-teach the “East Sea” along side the “Sea of Japan” in text books.  Both the candidates have made the campaign promise to their Korean American constituencies that, if elected, they will bring up the topic nationally in the U.S. Congress.

The WaPo’s editorial response was surprisingly strong, from the headline (“Pandering to Northern Va.’s Koreans is going to extremes”) right down to the actual text of the article which went into highly rhetorical phrases such as “poking their noses in a bitter dispute…” or “anguish and abuse…” etc.

Well, although I half jokingly said that Virginian Congressional candidates were “pandering” to their Korean American voters in an earlier post, I didn’t think the WaPo’s editorial board would take it so seriously!

Any ways, feel free to comment away.  However, bear in mind that what the Korean Americans in northern Virginia are asking for is that the term “East Sea” be taught along side the “Sea of Japan.”  The Korean Americans here, at last not officially, are not asking for “East Sea” to replace “Sea of Japan.”  Unfortunately, there seems to be a lot of confusion on that particular point in this debate.



  • redwhitedude

    Hey at least they are not pandering to chinese from the mainland.

    Wait how about pandering to the greek vote over macedonia. Let’s pretend Macedonia only exists in Greece.

  • DC Musicfreak

    The Korean case is not historically sound and in terms of logic, it is near folly. I can’t see how this will make Koreans look anything other than petty and unhip ly nationalistic in the eyes of any Virginians who might be paying attention.

  • redwhitedude

    It just makes Korean feel good on something that not many people care that much.

  • Aja Aja

    Of course they’re pandering to the Korean voters. One does not even have to read the W. P. piece to know what’s going on here. Korean Americans who think having these officials in their pockets is a good thing, they might just want to rethink if this is really going to forward their agenda. It’s not just total waste of community money and effort on a useless cause, it will also bring a bad reputation for the Korean Americans.

  • brier

    Should North Virginian Korean-American voters be concerned about local issues that affect their daily lives? No, no, of course not. There are a lot of other ways to fight for the homeland, and one way isn’t in the state house of Virginia.

  • Alex

    This issue makes everyone involved feel that much better about themselves. Japan and the politicians in DC included.