We are tough cookies. We're tiger moms. Don't mess with us. — Rep. Young Kim
We are tough cookies. We're tiger moms. Don't mess with us. — Rep. Young Kim
'Don't mess with us': history-making Korean American congresswomen fight back against racial bias
"This should not have to be said, but I want to be very clear. No American of any race or ethnic group is responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic. The virus does not discriminate, it affects everyone," Kim testified.

"Combating hate is not a partisan issue. We can all agree that violence against any community should never be tolerated," Steel later added.


Kim and Steel are the first Republican Korean American women to ever serve in Congress, sworn in along with history-making Rep. Marilyn Strickland of Washington state, a Democrat of Korean descent, in January.

"We are tough cookies. We're tiger moms. Don't mess with us," Kim said with a smile during an interview alongside Steel on Capitol Hill ahead of the hearing.

... Dealing with racial bias is par for the course for both Kim and Steel, especially since entering politics.

Steel said she's been on the receiving end of ugly racism since she won a seat on the California State Board of Equalization in 2006, which oversees several state taxes.

"The worst one was 'we don't eat dogs like you do,'" recalled Steel. She cleaned up another slur as "racist bitch" and said -- tongue in cheek -- that her "favorite" attack was someone calling her "Chairman Mao."

"You just ignore it. You do the better job. You have more enemies out there. Especially if these people are not really enemies, but they try to find somebody that they can blame," Steel said.
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