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Arlington, Texas’s Sery Kim: Chinese immigrants steal our intellectual property

Sery Kim, 43, of Arlington, Tarrant County, Texas, United States has yet to apologize for the racist remarks against she recently made against Chinese immigrants. Apparently, she believes that she is allowed to do that because she is Korean.

On March 31, 2021, Kim attended a candidate forum hosted by two Republican groups in the sixth congressional district of Texas. During the event, she was asked about the U.S. immigration crisis.

“I don’t want them here at all,” Kim said of potential Chinese immigrants. “They steal our intellectual property. They give us coronavirus.”

“They don’t hold themselves accountable,” Kim continued. “I can say that because I’m Korean.”

 

Kim is a Republican candidate in the special election to replace the late Ron Wright, who assumed office as a U.S. house of representative member from the sixth congressional district of Texas on January 3, 2019. He announced that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer in July 2019, announced that he had tested positive for the new coronavirus (COVID-19) on January 21, 2021 and passed away on February 7, 2021.

California representatives Young Kim, 48, and Michelle Park Steel, 65, the first Korean-American Republican women to serve in Congress, urged Sery to apologize and clarify her remarks, especially as hate against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community is on the rise. The Californian representatives said they cannot in good conscience continue to support Sery’s candidacy and they will continue to speak out in support of the AAPI community.

“As the first Korean American Republican women to serve in Congress, we want to empower and lift up fellow members of the AAPI community who want to serve their communities,” Young and Steel said in a joint statement obtained by CNN on April 2, 2021. “We talked with Sery Kim yesterday about her hurtful and untrue comments about Chinese immigrants and made clear that her comments were unacceptable.”

Sery worked for 43rd U.S. president George W. Bush at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She also worked for 455th U.S. president Donald J. Trump as senior advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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