Korean Australian elected mayor of Sydney suburb

October 1, 2015
Mayor Ok Sang-doo

Mayor Ok Sang-doo

By Park Si-soo

Korean Australian Ok Sang-doo, 62, was elected mayor of Strathfield, an urban city populous with Korean immigrants in Australia, local media reported Thursday. His term is one year.

Ok is the second Korean Australian to assume the position. Kwon Gi-bum had the same job in 2008.

Strathfield is located 14 kilometers west of Sydney and about 10 percent of its 40,000 citizens are Korean.

“I will try hard to create an environment in which citizens get harmonized peacefully regardless of cultural background,” the new mayor was quoted as saying.

He expressed his hope of being elected to the Australian parliament.

Ok moved to Australia in 1985 after graduating from Sogang University in Seoul with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He then studied politics at the University of New South Wales.

In 2012, he was elected as a member of the Strathfield Council. The following year, he was elected deputy mayor of the Sydney suburb.

Ok has served as a business consultant for the Korean International Business Corporation for many years.

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