US lawmakers introduce resolution in support of ‘Korean American Day

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Article Source: Korea Times
Original Post Date: January 15, 2019

H. K. Suh, Korean-American, Lucy Murphy and Kate Shim, also Korean-American, take a selfie during a vigil outside the White House to celebrate the joint summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held in Singapore, in Washington, U.S., June 11, 2018. Yonhap

Two dozen U.S. lawmakers have introduced a bipartisan resolution in support of Korean Americans to coincide with Korean American Day.

The resolution was submitted Friday to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform by Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-CA), who said he represents the largest Korean American community in the U.S.

Korean American Day, which fell on Sunday, commemorates the arrival of 102 Korean immigrants to the U.S. on Jan. 13, 1903. It marked the first large wave of Korean immigration to America.

South Korean first lady Kim Jung-sook, right, greets workers at a restaurant during a visit to a community center in Flushing, Queens, New York City, in September 2017. Yonhap

The resolution was cosponsored by 22 other Democrats, including first-term Korean American Rep. Andy Kim of New Jersey, and Republican Rep. Rob Woodall of Georgia.

“Korean American Day is an opportunity for all of us to recognize the countless contributions the Korean American community has made to American life, from the private and public sectors to the world of art, education, and entrepreneurship,” Gomez said in a statement.

“Since arriving in the United States in 1903 ― starting off as farmworkers, wage laborers, and section hands ― the story of Korean American immigrants and the subsequent success of their descendants is one that many other Americans can relate to,” he said.

The text lists the various achievements of Korean Americans in politics, business, academia and other spheres. 

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It also recognizes their contributions to strengthening the South Korea-U.S. alliance and fostering peace on the Korean Peninsula.

The House of Representatives “supports the goals and ideals of Korean American Day,” the resolution reads, and “urges all Americans to observe Korean American Day so as to have a greater appreciation of the invaluable contributions Korean Americans have made to the United States.”

The House also “honors and recognizes the 116th anniversary of the arrival of the first Korean immigrants to the United States.”

Similar resolutions were passed in the House and Senate in December 2005 to mark the 103rd anniversary of the immigrants’ arrival. (Yonhap)