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Congresswoman Roybal-Allard Commends College Students for Participating in the 2010 U.S. Congress-Korean National Assembly Youth Exchange Program

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Washington, July 15, 2010 | Helen Machado (202 225-1766) | comments

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34) (pictured center) commended college students Claire Lopez of Lakewood, CA and Choong-Ho Chung of Seoul, Korea on their participation in the 2010 U.S. Congress-Korean National Assembly Youth Exchange Program.

The pair spent the day on Capitol Hill meeting with congressional staff, touring the U.S. Capitol Building and attending legislative hearings.

Created in 1981 by U.S. Representative Ben Gilman and his counterpart David Pong in the Korean National Assembly, the program is designed to broaden the perspectives of Korean and American young people on the legislative process.  The program also highlights the history of U.S.-Korean relations as well as the current economic, political, and security aspects of the bilateral relationship between Korea and the United States.  In 2003, Congressman Gilman retired and Congressman Mark Kirk from Illinois assumed program sponsorship. This exchange program is also designed to acquaint both groups with firsthand experience of the host country’s people and culture, and to provide opportunities for participants to form personal contacts.  As part of the program, the students expenses are fully covered.

A rising senior at Cal State Long Beach majoring in Political Science, Claire was nominated for the program by Congresswoman Roybal-Allard after completing an internship in her Los Angeles district office.  To qualify, students must have completed a congressional internship and demonstrate an interest in Korean-U.S. relations.  Claire is one of the 10 students that make up the U.S. portion of the group.  Claire leaves July 20 for Seoul and returns home August 4.   

Claire’s Korean counterpart in the exchange program is Choong-Ho Chung from Seoul, a sophomore at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Daejeon, Korea.  As part of the program, he will be traveling in the United States for 22 days.   His itinerary with the program includes stops in New York, Chicago and San Diego.

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