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Wow, Ron Paul's message crosses language and cultural boundaries

I am a 2nd generation Korean American and I recently woke up to the truth about Keynesian economics. Long story short, I became a firm believer in Austrian economics and began buying precious metals as a hedge against the continuously inflating dollar. I learned about Ron Paul soon afterward and it didn't take me long to realize that this man was speaking the truth!

Ever since, I have been trying to convince everyone I know to vote for this guy, which entailed a fair amount of extended conversations about the economy. I especially tried hard to get my parents to get on board. I had little success because they are primarily Korean speakers and my Korean is too limited to explain the complex concepts involved (how do you say inflation in Korean?)

I finally got my dad to buy some gold and we went to a Korean owned precious metals dealer. I sparked a conversation with the owner (who is about my dad's age but speaks both English and Korean perfectly) about the economy. Not only did he hold the same convictions about Austrian economics, but he brought up the subject of Ron Paul out of no where! We both agreed that Ron Paul is the only candidate that is actually trying to fix our economic problems. I got him to explain this to my parents in Korean and lo and behold, my dad finally understood what I had been trying to tell him all along. His exact response (in Korean) was "I better vote for this man".

Anyways, not only is my dad going to vote for Ron Paul, he is going to tell all of his Korean buddies to vote for Ron Paul as well! It was awesome to see my dad (who never really cared about U.S politics) suddenly become a Paulite. This only goes to show that solid reasoning transcends culture and language. Ron Paul is the only reasonable candidate PERIOD.

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Crossing the global boundries

Your parents will probably have respect for Doctors, Ron Paul has that going for him, they are probably as conservative as many parents on economics, sooner or later that message will be translated into many languages..keep sowing the seeds and showing them the visuals and they too will like our "teacher" - "leader" who wants Peace..a universal language. Welcome aboard to the rEVOLution. U have a friend in PA.

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I really don't understand

the phenomenon of not believing someone in your own family about something like politics and hidden secrets, etc. Surely they know we have their best interests in mind. Apparently it has to do with age old power struggles??

I find the best convincing happens from Ron Paul himself, if you can get someone to listen, and someone the person respects, like a somewhat distant friend or a stranger, where there is no personal connection. I'm sure there are many familial successes that don't turn frustrating and therefore we don't hear about them, but I sure hear about and experience familial dissension myself.

language barrier

It would've been so much easier to just let my parents hear Ron Paul himself but the problem is they wouldn't fully understand what he was saying. Although my parents speak very decent English, their English vocabulary isn't sophisticated enough to follow what Ron Paul is saying. If my Korean were just a lot better, my parents would've come over to our side in a heartbeat.

I swear that everytime I see

I swear that everytime I see a Korean politician or economist on tv or in a news article, they ALWAYS spew the most statist, liberal, keynesian bullshit that you're likely to hear. They all seem to be a bunch of Ban Ki-Moons. Just an observation - I don't really know anything about Korean politics and I'm not going to automatically group all the Korean people in with this (after all, an outsider reading or watching American or British politics would probably conclude that they are all a bunch of statist people with statist politicians. But at least I come across exceptions with people like Ron Paul or Daniel Hannan).


I'm interested in knowing how you get your information of Korean politicians. I assume your not Korean so it must be a source that translates the statements of Korean politicians into English. I want to know what kind of propaganda 1st generation Korean American voters are exposed to so I can better convince them towards Ron Paul.

I make no attempt to look at

I make no attempt to look at Korean news, politics or politicians specifically, but whenever a G20 meeting comes around I do a google news search (in English) of certain terms, such as "global governance", since that has been the agenda of G20 as I documented here:

So I read the articles that come up and find statements from politicians all over the world, but have noticed Koreans seem to be easily the worst offender when it comes to pushing the global governance agenda. I've already mentioned Ban Ki Moon of the UN, but here's another statement from the Korean president (sorry the link I bookmarked doesn't work anymore:

SEOUL, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The Group of 20 summit process should be institutionalized and made permanent to fight global economic problems, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak says.

Lee, whose country is pushing to host a future G20 summit after this month's meeting in Pittsburgh, wrote in article for the University of Toronto's G8 Research Center that leaders should look at how effective the group has been at addressing the crisis posed by the economic crisis and consider building on it, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported Sunday.

"At the fourth G20 summit, the leaders should seriously consider the institutionalization of the G20 process as a means to strengthen global governance," Lee said. "I hope that the G20 leaders recognize the need to properly prepare exit strategies for future implementation in a timely manner when the global recovery takes a firm hold."

And doing a little more research shows me that Korea is doing global governance forums with the liberal Brookings Institute:

So coming across all this stuff I naturally became suspicious of Korean politicians, and sure enough every time I come across an article or news story (about anything) and I see a Korean name, inevitably that person is pushing for bigger and more government as the solution.

Like I said, it's just an observation

Google Hits for 8-26-11

Ron Paul About 248,000,000 results (0.08 seconds)

Barack Obama About 218,000,000 results (0.08 seconds)

Rick Perry About 27,100,000 results (0.07 seconds)

Mitt Romney About 16,500,000 results (0.06 seconds)

Michele Bachmann About 29,700,000 results (0.09 seconds)

Mitt Romney About 11,100,000 results (0.12 seconds)

Herman Caine About 7,570,000 results (0.27 seconds)

Jon Huntsman About 5,200,000 results (0.12 seconds)

Rick Santorum About 7,080,000 results (0.11 seconds)

* John Bolton About 6,680,000 results (0.11 seconds)

* Sarah Palin About 59,400,000 results (0.13 seconds)

* George Pataki About 959,000 results (0.06 seconds)

* Chris Christe About 8,400,000 results (0.32 seconds)

* Donald Trump About 28,500,000 results (0.15 seconds)

* Undeclared Candidates

Nice stats....

and I'm glad you posted them. But how do they relate to the forum topic? :p

~wobbles but doesn't fall down~

I got so excited, I failed to respond to the topic..I sorry!

It will never happen again...I promise...lol

Ghana, Mexico and Australia

I have friends in these places and they all want Ron Paul in the White House. My Ghana friend will receive his Ron Paul shirt this week. Other countries are very aware of where the trouble 'starts.' They are affected and are ready for it to end. They know better than we do what is going on and who is doing it. 'Money barons' rocked us in the lap of luxury until they got the rest of the world under control and then getting us under control would be easier. They almost have it done, or perhaps they have it done and we don't accept it yet. We'll see what we are made of.

In '07, the support for Ron Paul from around the world, outside of the US, was the most inspiring fact for me. Made me very ashamed not to be more tuned in to the other nations. We have been dumbed down very effectively and completely.

When discussing Foreign Policy:

A good example for Isolationism is North Korea. Will that help people understand taht Ron Paul is not an Isolationist?

In fact, North Korea is a good counter-example for many of the issues Ron Paul stands for.

I know, kind of a diversion from the post - just trying to hit home in a cultural sense. :-)

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no problem for me.

Just explain them the concepts without many details and don't mention Ron Paul until they understand the concept. I was able to breakthrough family, church goers and hispanics like myself.

Who Would the Republic of Korea Vote For?

And the winner is.................

Ron Paul 104
Barack Obama 38
Dennis Kucinich 12
Hillary Clinton 8
John McCain 5


Keep in mind these votes were cast four years ago, when Ron Paul was not nearly as widely known as he is today. Even then his message seemed to resonate quite well accross the world.


a lovely inspirational story, OP!
Paulus08--I remember that site; it was one of my favorites because one could only vote once (they tracked IP addys)and Ron Paul won! I still have it bookmarked! :)

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I read this site every

I read this site every morning while drinking my tea (I don't drink coffee, and no, I'm not British. LOL!), and stories like this are the reason why. You guys give me faith in humanity and inspire me to spread the message. Just a great way to start the day!

morning goosebumps,

thanks for posting. You made my day!


Too awesome

Keep up the great work!!!!

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must. like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.-Thomas Paine

The R3volution requires action, not observation!!!!


great story!

Please talk to my Korean buddies!

They are lost. They pretend to be "independents" but what that means for them is that they get to make fun of the TEA Party, conservatives and "kooky" Ron Paul but you can't make fun of their Democrats.

No offense but I thought Koreans were supposed to be inherently intelligent, principled, conservative Christians with a very broad understanding of entrepreneurship and money. Why does it seem so rare to meet a Korean that gets Ron Paul, the Constitution or just conservatism in general?

You said...

You said:

"Why does it seem so rare to meet a Korean that gets Ron Paul."

Are you in the US? As a US citizen all my life I find it rare to meet any Koreans at all. My favorite professor in college was a Korean lady. :p

With respect to religious propensity of Koreans:

"As of 2005, just under half of the South Korean population expressed no religious preference.[134] Of the rest, most are Buddhist or Christian. According to the 2007 census, 29.2% of the population at that time was Christian (18.3% professed to being Protestants and 10.9% Catholics), and 22.8% were Buddhist"

Christians are a minority in Korea...

~wobbles but doesn't fall down~

"No offense but I thought

"No offense but I thought Koreans were supposed to be inherently intelligent, principled, conservative Christians with a very broad understanding of entrepreneurship and money. Why does it seem so rare to meet a Korean that gets Ron Paul, the Constitution or just conservatism in general?"

COLLECTIVIST STATEMENT! I know its tough but condition yourself to catch these communication glitches, because it is antithesis of individualism and freedom.


Truth is the light in the

Truth is the light in the darkness...it illuminates. Truth is power!

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Seeing stories like this..

are one of the main reasons I love Dailypaul so much!

Great story!

The Abuse of Greatness is when it disjoins remorse from power. - Shakespeare

Very nice!


You said:

"I had little success because they are primarily Korean speakers and my Korean is too limited to explain the complex concepts involved (how do you say inflation in Korean?)"

It's universally difficult to convey an understanding of how money works to the majority of people even if you speak the same language.

~wobbles but doesn't fall down~

great story!

thank you for sharing

sooo true

same with my parents, except in armenian!

Same with my parents

they really misunderstand the economics of apartheid being from south africa so my american born Paul-ite reasoning is often lost on them, but i'll turn 'em around someday! This is overall a great DP post. Thanks.

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