Many Korean Americans are still upbeat about robust cooperation between Korea and the United States as well as Asia despite new U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to nullify the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact. On Jan. 19 (EST), some 1,000 people attended a gala hosted by the Trump-Pence Asian Pacific American Advisory Committee and the National Committee of Asian American Republicans (NCAAR). The event was held in the Mayflower Hotel here. “I want to represent my country. We are here for the new president,” Theresa Nam, vice chair of the Korean American Association of the Washington Metropolitan Area who has lived in the U.S. for 40 years, told the Medill News Service during the event. Nam said the U.S. has been overly involved in the Middle East but needs to focus more specifically on Asia including Korea.