Jasmine Lee (politician)
Jasmine Bacurnay Lee
자스민 바쿠어나이 이
|Member of the National Assembly|
30 May 2012 – 29 May 2016
|Constituency||Proportional Representation №15|
|Born||Jasmine Villanueva Bacurnay
January 6, 1977
|Political party||Liberty Korea Party|
|Spouse(s)||Lee Dong-ho (deceased)|
|Alma mater||Ateneo de Davao University|
|Profession||Actress, TV Host, Civil Servant|
|Revised Romanization||I Jaseumin|
Jasmine Lee (born Jasmine Bacurnay y Villanueva; January 6, 1977) is a Philippine-born South Korean television personality, actress and civil servant. Elected as a proportional representative in South Korea's National Assembly in 2012, she is the first non-ethnic Korean and naturalized South Korean to become a lawmaker.
Early life and education
Jasmine met South Korean mariner Lee Dong-ho in Davao del Norte when she was still a college student majoring in biology at Ateneo de Davao University in 1994. They got married and first visited South Korea in 1995 and finally united in 1996. They have two children, Lee Seung-geun and Lee Seung-yeon. She became a naturalized South Korean in 1998. Her husband died of a heart attack in 2010 while saving their daughter from drowning in a whirlpool in a mountain stream in Okcheon, Gangwon while on a family vacation. Lee has been living with her parents-in-law and seven other family members of her late husband ever since.
In January 2012, Lee became the first Filipino to receive the Korea Image Millstone Award from the Corea Image Communication Institute (CICI). She was cited for her volunteer and charity works for foreign immigrants in South Korea. An advocate of multiculturalism in South Korea, she regularly gives lectures about the subject to teachers and student leaders.
She is the secretary general of Waterdrop, a charity formed by foreign spouses of South Koreans, and worked at the Foreign Residents Assistance Division of the Seoul Metropolitan Government.
On April 11, 2012, she was elected as a proportional representative in South Korea's National Assembly election following her party’s majority victory in the polls held. With her win, she made history in South Korea as the first Filipina and naturalized South Korean to become a lawmaker. Lee’s win was a result of the victory of the ruling Saenuri Party, to which she belongs.
Since the 2012 election, Lee has been hit by charges of misrepresenting her education, after claiming on national television to have attended medical school in the Philippines when in fact she had simply taken biology classes during college. Some South Koreans engaged in racist criticism of Lee, stating that she was not a "true" South Korean due to being from the Philippines. One South Korean spoke out against the racist behavior of Lee's critics, stating that South Koreans were more concerned about engaging in racist vitriol against politicians, whereas in other countries, people were more concerned about a politician's professional qualifications.
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- "Jasmine Lee Faces Racial Abuse After Election Win". The Chosun Ilbo. Retrieved 2012-04-17.
- "Filipina Candidate in Korea Criticized". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 2012-04-17.
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