While I find it unsettling that TimesLedger Newspapers columnist Bob Friedrich seems to have so many issues with my event in honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage month (“On Point: Politics not working right? Columnist knows five reasons why,” June 7-13), but going as far as referring to it as a “cheap political stunt” disrespects and undermines the history of contributions and achievements of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in our society.
This includes the five other honorees of the evening who were recognized for their contributions in the fields of business, education, athleticism and community work.
Despite Friedrich’s personal feelings toward City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing), he cannot take away the fact that Koo’s achievements exemplify the American Dream from his humble beginnings to a successful businessman and dedicated community activist.
Koo serves as an inspiration not just to Asian Americans, but to all Americans. I am grateful for the opportunity to have presented him as “Person of the Year” at my second annual Asian American-Pacific Islander heritage event, and I am more grateful to call Koo my colleague and friend.