Irvine Mayor Sukhee Kang is one of 46 individuals honored by the Carnegie Corporation this past weekend an as immigrant who has made a significant contribution to this nation.Â Kang was featured in a New York Times ad earlier this month.
Kang is in company with people like Paul Anka, Wayne Gretzky, Paulina Porizkova, Anna Wintour, Tracy Ullman and Yoko One.
The Carnegie Corporation honors “Immigrants: the Pride of America.” From their website:Â
Each year around Independence Day, Carnegie Corporation of New York, in partnership with The New York Times, salutes our founder Andrew Carnegieâ€™s legacy, by celebrating an ideal he held so dearly: citizenship.Â
On this particular day, we honor women and men whose love for this country, like that of Mr. Carnegie himself, led them to pursue a pathway to citizenship.Â It is a pathway that may be both lengthy and complex, but for many immigrants, the process is a road they are determined to follow.
Like their fellow citizens, those men and women who have become Americans by Choice, have made, and continue to make, our nation strong and vibrant. We are committed to helping immigrants become integrated into the civic fabric of our nation because enlightened citizenship is the everlasting strength of our democracy. Our national motto, E pluribus unumâ€” â€œout of many, oneâ€ â€” continues to be an ideal we can all aspire to and a true guiding light for our nation.”
We’ll note Kang’s leadership in maintaining a high level of services for Irvine residents during the worst economy in decades and making Irvine’s budget the envy of other cities in Orange County and California.Â Kang’s reputation for building coalitions of people to work together towards common goals coupled with his approachability and ability to connect with residents from all over the city will make him very difficult to beat this fall.