There weren’t a lot of Asians in Iowa in the ’60s and ’70s but hap­pily, one of the most pop­ular shows at the time was ‘Kung Fu,’” Kim told grad­u­ates of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in Boston this year. “The bully kids left us alone, because they thought all Asians knew kung fu.”

During his studies, he was torn between his father’s insis­tence he study med­i­cine and his mother’s pas­sion for social jus­tice, which she instilled by reading him the writ­ings of Martin Luther King Jr. Working at a health clinic while attending Brown Uni­ver­sity in Prov­i­dence, Rhode Island, he decided he could do both.

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