|Sen. Dave Marsden (left) meets with chairman of the Korean Federation of Industries during a trip in August sponsored by the Korean government.|
According to an article in the Connection newspaper, Marsden has been working on this issue with Peter Y. Kim, a Chantilly businessman, who is president of the non-profit Voice of Korean Americans. Kim is trying to get the name changed accepted internationally.
Marsden’s proposed bill would require all textbooks purchased in the state to use both names. “What we call things is important, and names have deep meaning,” Marsden said. “This would go a long way in speeding up the integration of our Korean-American population and making people feel accepted and respected.” There are about 150,000 Korean-Americans in Northern Virginia.
Disputes over the name of the body of water between Japan and Korea have been going on for decades. Korea charges the name Sea of Japan came into general use during Japan’s colonial rule over the Korean peninsula, while Japan claims it was used way before that.
According to the Connection, Del. Tim Hugo (R-40th District) plans to sponsor a similar bill in the House. And it’s one issue the candidates for governor, Ken Cuccinelli (R) and Terry McAuliffe (D), agree on. Both of them said they support the effort to ensure textbooks use the term “East Sea.”