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New York’s first Asian mayor says he was called ‘dictator Kim,’ his son was called a ‘gook’

  • Saratoga Springs Mayor Ron Kim recalled being the target of racism and hate while running for mayor in 2009 in an interview with News Channel 13. 
  • Kim, who is Korean American, has been called racial slurs and names referencing North Korea’s leader, such as “Dictator Kim” and “Kim Jong II.”
  • He made history by becoming New York’s first Asian American mayor when he was sworn in as the mayor of Saratoga Springs at the beginning of this year.
  • The mayor also recalled his youngest son, Steven, receiving an insulting text message in which he was called a “gook.” 

Saratoga Springs Mayor Ron Kim recalled being the target of racism and hate while running for mayor in a recent interview.

In the exclusive interview with News Channel 13, Kim spoke about dealing with racist and hateful messages during his first run for mayor in 2009.