Even as an American citizen, I identify strongly with my joint Korean-American culture. I’ve always naturally considered the South Korean president to be a representative of me as well, since Korea is a small country with a relatively small population of people. Today, as we celebrate the life and legacy of deceased President Kim Dae Jung (김대중), we are reminded of the peace he hoped to foster with our North Korean neighbors, who preside over fellow Koreans. Recently, former President Noh Mu-hyun (노무현) also passed away, the first of now two leaders whom we as a community of Korean people have recently lost. I hope that we continue to respect the legacies of both, as we engage North Korea in dialogue and continue to seek a path toward either reunification or at least a better life for Koreans in the north.