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Conceptual Frame-work of the KAL as Proposed by Dr. Pak:

  1. To Establish;
  1. A political action committee (PAC) dealing with selected issues relating to Korean-Americans and their communities.
  2. A political action committee (PAC) dealing with selected issues pertaining to the maintenance of peace and stability in the Korean peninsula; development of timely and cogent consensus position papers on various geopolitical, economic and military issues relating to the peace and security of Northeast Asia, in particular the Korean peninsula, from the unique perspective of Americans of Korean ancestry, and actively exerting effort to influence and contribute to the process of policy formulation by both the executive and legislative branches of our federal government.
  3. A blue-ribbon task force charged with the responsibility of developing an innovative, realistic, and comprehensive multi-stage plan for the reconciliation and eventual unification of the Korean peninsula.
  1. Membership:
  2. The Korean-American League (KAL) should be a national organization with regional representation, but with limited membership of individuals and, or institutions, who must be invited to join the organization, at least at its early stage of development. It should maintain its unity of ideals and objectives while open to analyzing diverse viewpoints. We must start with a cohesive group of selected academicians and intellectuals and individuals of known integrity and high ideals, who command a significant measure of respect in the community. It should be regarded a privilege to be a member, representing the best of the Korean-American society.

    Effort should be made early on to inspire and attract many well-educated and accomplished second generation Korean-Americans.

    KAL membership should also include selected individuals of non-Korean descent who are respected and known to have a deep understanding and scholarly interest in the history, economy and geopolitics of the Korean peninsula.

    Based on the quality of the collective reputation and the wisdom of the KAL membership, it is anticipated that on the many important issues facing Korean-Americans, and their communities, as well as the national and international issues surrounding the Korean peninsula, that the organization will be called upon to produce authoritative fact and opinion papers, which may influence the process of policy formulation in our government.

  3. Political Neutrality:
  4. The Korean-American League must intelligently stand apart from ideological and or political polarization existing in the Korean peninsula. It must always deal with the Korean peninsula as a whole, not either of its individual governments. It must command respect of both halves of the peninsula by maintaining a clear neutrality and even-handedness in considering them. Through these efforts, the opinion of the organization must be regarded the voice of reason of objective, learned, overseas- Koreans who have no stake in either side, on all the matters pertaining to the Korean peninsula. Thus, any formal opinion expressed by the organization must be respected and valued for its content by both South and North Korea as well as other countries involved.

     

  5. Leadership:
  6. No individual(s) with his or her own political agenda should be admitted to the Korean-American League. In that connection, the organization’s by-laws may contain a clause that empowers its governing board to dismiss any such individual(s) from the organization. We may consider devising a unique mechanism of rotating leadership so as to preclude any possibility of the organization ever becoming identified with a particular individual, which is often the case with many Korean-American organizations in this country.

  7. Financial Base:

Even at its early stage of development, the KAL must seek reasonably sufficient source of funding to enable at least the employment of a full-time executive director, adequate supporting personnel and maintaining adequate office space.

In the process of securing an essential financial base, care must be exercised to maintain neutrality; funding should not come from either South or North Korean government or individual; it should not depend on a small number of generous contributors either. A proper method for the an early establishment of a foundation, the KAL Foundation, which will evolve in parallel with the main organization and begin to receive tax-exempt donations from individuals and institutions.

We should not embark on any project such as KAL, without a good prospect of securing reasonably sufficient funding support. An early establishment of a foundation; planning and implementation of a detailed immediate and long term fund raising strategy; securing of a reasonably adequate initial seed-money, these are all important prerequisites to the establishment of the Korean-American League.