CAPAC Members Celebrate Korean American Day

Jan 12, 2018 Issues: Other Issues

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) released the following statements to celebrate Korean American Day, which commemorates the arrival of the first Korean immigrants to the United States on January 13, 1903:

Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), CAPAC Chair:

“As Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I am proud to join the Korean American community in my home state of California and all across the nation in celebrating Korean American Day. For over a century, Korean Americans have made immeasurable contributions to our nation in all aspects of American life.

"As we commemorate the 115th anniversary of the arrival of the first Korean immigrants to the United States, I am proud to be a cosponsor of the congressional resolution introduced by my CAPAC colleagues, Senator Harris and Congressman Gomez, to recognize Korean American Day. There is no doubt that the rich history and contributions of the Korean American community have enriched our nation for the better.”

Senator Mazie K. Hirono (HI):

“Today, we recognize the contributions Korean Americans have made to the rich history of our nation. From the very first immigrants from Korea who arrived in Honolulu Harbor more than a century ago to Korean Americans today influencing every sector of society, we celebrate the history and culture and extend appreciation to the Korean American community.”

Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo (GU), CAPAC Vice Chair:

“Today, I join the people of Guam and all Americans in celebrating Korean American Day and the countless contributions Korean Americans make to our great nation. I am proud to represent a vibrant Korean American community on Guam and recognize their work and leadership in every sector of our diverse community. Especially with the growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, it is important for all Americans to learn more about the rich heritage and culture of the Korean people, and the positive influence Korean Americans have on our country. I extend my appreciation to the generations of Korean Americans who have called our country home and enriched our society.”

Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-28), CAPAC Whip:

“Today we celebrate Korean American Day, which honors the tremendous contributions that Korean Americans have made to our society. Korean Americans highlight our awesome legacy of a nation of immigrants—we are stronger because of our diversity. I’m honored to represent the many Korean Americans who reside in Los Angeles County and California and I urge my colleagues to join me today in celebrating Korean American Day.”

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02):

“Ever since the first Korean immigrants arrived on Hawai‘i’s shores over 100 years ago, Korean Americans have contributed greatly to strengthening the diverse fabric of our country. In Hawai‘i and across the country, Korean Americans are proven leaders in every sector of our community –driving innovation, growing our economy, serving in our military, creating jobs, and much more.  Today, we honor the many contributions that past and present generations of Korean Americans have made to Hawai’i and our nation.”

Congressman Jimmy Gomez (CA-34):

“On Korean American Day, we commemorate the first Korean immigrants who came in pursuit of the American dream. Initially serving as farmworkers, wage laborers, and section hands they established the foundation for their children and future generations. Today, nearly two million Korean Americans have honored their ancestors’ legacy and achieved the American dream by transforming all aspects of American life. I’m honored to represent Koreatown, the largest Korean population in the country, and I’m proud to reintroduce the Korean American Day House Resolution on the 115th anniversary of the first Korean immigrant arrivals.”

Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01):

“The Korean American experience began in 1882, when the United States signed a treaty establishing diplomatic missions and relationships with Korea.  That agreement allowed Korean diplomats, students, artists, and others to travel between the countries and establish official relations. The first wave of immigrants arrived in Hawaii in 1903 to work in the sugar industry and their efforts, culture and traditions set a solid foundation for the Korean people to flourish. Today, more than 24,000 Korean Americans call Hawaii home and contribute to every segment of our community. As we celebrate Korean American Day, let us remember the legacy of those who came to our islands with little more than the promise of a job and stayed to pave a prosperous path forward for future generations.”

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13):

“I am proud to join the East Bay and people across the country in celebrating Korean American Day. Over 100 years ago, the first Korean immigrants arrived to the United States in Hawaii and California, bringing their unique culture, heritage and hope to this country. In the many years since, Korean Americans have served our country in uniform and helped build and enrich the communities we share, as teachers, diplomats, scientists, entrepreneurs, artists, activists and scholars. These contributions and so many others have shaped and strengthened our East Bay culture and values. As a member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and co-chair of the CAPAC Health Care Task Force, I am incredibly proud to wish you all a happy Korean American Day.”

Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06):

“On Korean American Day, I’m proud to salute the outstanding accomplishments and contributions that Korean Americans have made to America and the enormous and positive impact that the Korean American community has had on our nation. The first Korean immigrants arrived in the United States in 1903, and ever since that historic moment Korean Americans have played a vital role in enriching our nation, enhancing our communities and helping our country grow and prosper. Korean Americans have also contributed to every sector of our society, from public service and business to medicine and serving in our military. It is an honor to join the Korean American community to commemorate this important celebration and I wish Korean Americans in Queens and throughout the nation a very happy Korean American Day.”

Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41):

“For well over a century, Korean Americans have been key leaders and community members in every corner of the nation. From groundbreaking artists to pioneering scientists to outstanding athletes, Korean Americans continue to contribute to the diversity and vibrancy of our collective American identity. Today, I am honored to celebrate the achievements and experiences of Korean Americans along with my colleagues and constituents.”

Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52):

“I’m honored to commemorate Korean American Day, as we celebrate the 115th anniversary of the first Korean immigrants arriving at American shores. Their journey is part of a history of families, nations, and cultures, who all come to America in search of a better life. San Diego is home to over 20,000 Korean Americans who have thrived here, helping to grow our economy through their entrepreneurial spirit and adding to the vitality of our AAPI community. I will continue working on behalf of Korean Americans in Congress and in San Diego to honor their history and celebrate their future.”

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40):

“I am proud to join my colleagues in celebrating Korean American Day.  Korean Americans have made vast and wide-ranging contributions to our communities, economy, and culture.  This year’s Korean American Day is a special one, as our South Korean allies prepare to host the Winter Olympics.  The Olympics are a testament to the value of bringing together people from all around the world in pursuit of a common goal.  That is an American value, too.  Our nation’s diversity is one of its greatest strengths, and we must keep working to ensure that Korean Americans, and all Americans, are treated equally under the law and have a fair chance to pursue the American Dream.”

Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09):

“On Korean American Day, we observe the countless contributions Korean Americans have made across the country. I am proud to represent a growing Korean American community in the 9th district of Washington. As decorated members of our Armed Forces to innovative small business owners, Korean Americans contribute to America’s diversity and success. I am honored to join Korean Americans on this day to reflect on the various social, economic and cultural influences the community has made throughout the years.”


The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently Chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.