Kim Wins Princeton Student Presidency'As a Korean-American, I will do my best to improve student life and facilities while playing a part in the improvement of South-North Korean relations as well.'
Kim Jin-hae, a 21-year-old political science major junior at Princeton University, became the first Ivy League college student association president as a Korean-American in the new millennium.
He won 60 percent of the 4,000 total valid votes in the first election held last December defeating three other candidates of European origin.
The eight northeast Ivy League colleges are known for their conservative atmosphere and underrepresentation of persons from ethnic minorities, in contrast to other colleges such as the University of Southern California, Stanford University or the University of California (Berkeley).
Through an e-mail interview with JoongAng Ilbo, he talked of his aspirations for the new millennium, including being a proud Korean in American society.
Kim was born in 1979 in Jinhae city, south Kyongsang province, as the second son of a college professor in the States. He left Korea in 1982 when his father decided to pursue his doctoral degree and graduated high school in Memphis, Tennessee.
His future ambition is to be a governor or senator in the 21st century.