Korean American community year in review, part 1: David Ryu joins LA City Council

December 10, 2015
Ryu celebrates after winning the election. (Korea Times file)

Ryu celebrates after winning the election. (Korea Times file)

David Ryu, a Korean American Angeleno, saw victory this year as he became the first to be elected into the city council in the community’s 112-year immigration history.

Ryu took the seat in the May general election after a one-year campaign for termed-out Councilman Tom LaBonge’s District 4 seat.

The win was the mark of a giant step forward for the local Korean American community, the largest such population outside of Korea.

“Without the Korean American community, I couldn’t have won,” Ryu said after the election. “This is a victory that came about as a result of a united Korean community. … Through my election, I’ll work hard to help the political power of the Los Angeles Korean American community grow.”


  1. CD4deservesbetter

    January 5, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    David Ryu has been by far one of the worst councilmembers CD4 has elected.

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    December 20, 2017 at 1:19 AM

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