Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim January 13, 2018, as Korean American Day in the State of New York

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to
proclaim January 13, 2018, as Korean American Day in the State of New

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize official
days that are set aside to pay tribute to those who foster ethnic pride
and enhance the profile of cultural diversity which strengthen the
fabric of the communities of New York State; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to memorial-
ize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim January 13, 2018, as Korean
American Day in the State of New York, in conjunction with the obser-
vance of National Korean American Day; and
WHEREAS, January 13th was declared Korean American Day in 2003, by the
United States Congress as a day on which the contributions of Korean
Americans should be recognized and celebrated; and
WHEREAS, In December of 1902, a group of 102 Korean immigrants
embarked on a dangerous cross-Pacific voyage on the S. S. Gaelic to land
in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 13, 1903; and
WHEREAS, Over the next three years, approximately 1,000 Koreans
entered the United States through San Francisco following countrymen who
had established homes, educated their children, and established native
language publications; they gradually migrated to the eastern United
States where subsequent generations of Korean Americans established
themselves in new communities; and
WHEREAS, As patriotic citizens, Korean Americans served with
distinction in the United States Armed Forces during World Wars I and
II, the Korean conflict, the Vietnam War and in the Middle East
conflicts; and
WHEREAS, The federal Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 opened
the door for new Korean immigrants who have become one of the fastest
growing groups of Asian Americans to settle in the United States; and
WHEREAS, Since their arrival more than 100 years ago, Korean Americans
have made outstanding contributions throughout American society; their
rich cultural heritage and traditions have contributed greatly to the
quality of life for residents of New York; and
WHEREAS, Korean-owned businesses generate nearly $80 billion annually
in the United States with New York State having the second largest
number of Korean-owned businesses in the country; many Korean Americans
live and work in Queens; through their hard work and tenacious effort,
they have helped create a thriving multi-cultural community; and
WHEREAS, It is duly fitting that all New Yorkers join in these impor-
tant celebrations of one of our State's most vibrant communities; this
much anticipated observance and its accompanying activities will foster
greater appreciation for Korean culture and serve to promote the spirit
of cooperation that is characteristic of all citizens of New York State;
now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim January 13, 2018, as
Korean American Day in the State of New York, and to honor the contrib-
utions of Korean Americans in the United States and New York; and be it
RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New
York; the Korean American Association of New York; the Korean American
Association of Queens; the Korean American Civic Empowerment Associ-

ation; Korean Community Services; and the Korean American Family Service


  • 10 / Jan / 2018
  • 16 / Jan / 2018

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