Davao City native Jasmine Lee is making waves in Korean politics and is expected to become a member of the parliament in this month’s election.
Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, who met Lee during his four-day visit in South Korea last week, said that her strong showing “gives hope not only for Filipinos but for all migrants and immigrants.”
“We are all very proud that a full-blooded Filipino is being given the opportunity to be a member of the Korean Parliament,” Binay said of the 35-year-old Lee. Lee, a Filipina married to a Korean national, is running for Parliament under the ruling party.
“It shows that Korea is prepared to extend the opportunity to become a public servant even to those who were not born here,” the Vice President said in an interview with Korean media. The Filipino community in South Korea is rallying behind the candidacy of Lee according to Binay.
Lee is a popular TV host, and heads the Global Resource Center (GRC) in Seoul, a non-government organization serving as a support group for foreign wives of Koreans.
She became a naturalized Korean in 1998, three years after she married Korean Lee Dongho and moved to South Korea.
The ruling Saenuri Party included her in the list of 46 candidates for the proportional representative seats in the April 11 elections in South Korea.
Lee, who was present during the Vice President’s dialog with the Filipino community at the Philippine Embassy, wrote down the concerns raised by the overseas Filipino workers, among them the plight of “Stateless children,” or children born to migrant parents who are not recognized by the host countries.