CAPAC Members Celebrate Korean American Day

Jan 13, 2020 Issues: Immigration, Other Issues

Washington, D.C. – Today, Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) released the following statements to recognize Korean American Day, which commemorates the arrival of the first Korean immigrants to the U.S. on January 13, 1903. The day also honors the contributions of Korean Americans in all aspects of society.

CAPAC Leadership

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

“Today, I join my fellow Members of Congress to celebrate Korean Americans across the United States and their contributions to this country in all aspects of American life. Korean Americans have been a vital part of this nation since they first arrived in the U.S. on January 13, 1903 and have made immeasurable contributions as small business owners, military service members, faith leaders, doctors, artists, and elected officials. As CAPAC Chair, I have been proud to work with the Korean American community on so many critical issues, from fighting for the reunion of divided families to protecting Dreamers and securing citizenship for Korean adoptees. I wish the Korean American community in California and all across the nation a very happy Korean American Day!

Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06), CAPAC First Vice Chair:

“Koreans arrived on our shores 117 years ago, and since then, Korean Americans have enriched every facet of American history, culture, and cuisine. Whether in the entertainment industry or academia; whether in medicine or public service – Korean Americans have, without a doubt, made immeasurable contributions to this nation. New York has the second largest number of Korean Americans in the country. And as a Representative of Queens, where many Korean Americans call home, I extend my gratitude to the vibrant Korean Americans in my congressional district. At the same time, I want to call to attention the critical issues of Korean Americans who, since post-Korean War, were divided from their families in North Korea, as well as the Korean Dreamers who have known this country as their only home. As we celebrate the admirable history and contributions of Korean Americans in the United States, we must also make sure to keep fighting for the human rights of all Korean Americans.”  

Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41), CAPAC Second Vice Chair:

“I join my constituents, colleagues, and people across the country in celebrating the ways in which the accomplishments of the Korean American community have helped shape our country’s history. Korean Americans have enriched our communities as teachers, business owners, and community leaders contributing to the diversity that makes our nation stronger.”  

Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33), CAPAC Whip:

“I’m proud to join members of the Korean American community in CA-33 and around the country in celebrating Korean American Day. On this day, we commemorate the first arrival of Korean immigrants onto our shores in 1903. We are also reminded of the indelible contributions Korean Americans have made to our society. From artists and doctors to scholars and scientists, Korean Americans have had a strong positive impact on our country. They’ve built communities, shared their beautiful culture and added to the diversity of this nation. I’m excited to extend my appreciation to the Korean American community today.”

Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03), CAPAC Freshman Representative:
“Today isn’t just a celebration of the nearly 120 years of contributions by the Korean-American community to our country, but a recognition of a new generation of Korean-American leaders forging their own paths and making an impact. As I look at my two baby boys, I see that future, and remain optimistic about what the Korean-American community will achieve in the coming year.”

CAPAC Senators

Senator Tammy Duckworth (IL):

“Today, we recognize Korean American Day to celebrate the incredible contributions and sacrifices Korean immigrants made for our great nation. Our nation’s strength lies in the diversity of its people, and I am proud to represent a state with one of the highest Korean populations in our country. Together, we should celebrate the rich cultural history of Korean Americans all across the United States.”

Senator Mazie K. Hirono (HI):

“Today, we celebrate the rich contributions of Korean Americans to our nation’s history. Since the first Korean immigrants arrived in Hawaii over a century ago, nearly two million Korean Americans have contributed to our economy and society. This Korean American Day, I join my colleagues to celebrate and honor Korean American contributions to our community and nation.”

CAPAC Executive Board

Congressman Gil Cisneros (CA-39):

“Today, I’m excited to join my colleagues and the Korean American community in California’s 39th District in celebrating Korean American Day. From community leaders to business owners and veterans to school teachers, Korean Americans have made significant contributions to the district and are an essential part to the fabric of our community. Just last week, I had an amazing opportunity to meet young Korean American leaders in Washington, D.C., and I was inspired by the passion, work, and dedication they had for their communities and country. I’m proud to work shoulder-to-shoulder with Korean Americans back home and in our nation’s capital, and I’m grateful to represent one of the largest and vibrant Korean American communities in the country. Happy Korean American Day!”

Congressman TJ Cox (CA-21):

“I’m very excited today to join all of those in the Central Valley in California and around the United States in celebrating Korean American Day. For more than 100 years, Korean Americans have been teaching, healing, serving in the military, and making their culture and traditions an integral part of our country. Today we celebrate the importance that diversity has in making America a great nation and honor the contributions of Korean Americans to our society.”

Congressman Jimmy Gomez (CA-34):

“As the representative to Koreatown in Los Angeles – home to the largest Korean American community in the country – I’ve seen firsthand the countless contributions Korean Americans have made to American life, from the private and public sectors to the world of art, food, education, and entrepreneurship. In 2005, both Democrats and Republicans united to unanimously pass legislation recognizing the contributions of Korean Americans, making January 13th ‘Korean American Day’ in honor of the arrival of the first Korean immigrants. Now, let’s honor their descendants by prioritizing policies that improve the quality of life of Korean American families and the communities they call home.”

Congressman Ro Khanna (CA-17):

“This Korean-American Day, we celebrate the innumerable contributions that Korean-Americans have made across our country. I am proud to represent the only Asian American majority congressional district in the continental United States. I am continuously humbled by the invaluable contributions of Korean-Americans both within my district and beyond. As Americans, our strength comes from our diversity. The stories of Korean immigrants and their descendants in the United States enrich our culture, economy, and society.”

CAPAC Associate Members

Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45):

“With over 100,000 Korean American residents, we are fortunate in Orange County to be enriched by the second largest Korean community in the United States. I am proud to celebrate the contributions of people like Song Richardson at UC Irvine, who has been a leader in studying the intersection of race and public policy. Today, on the anniversary of the arrival of the first Korean immigrants to the U.S., I’m wishing everyone a happy Korean American Day!”

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-12):

“Today we mark the arrival of the first Korean immigrants to America, and celebrate the beauty and richness of Korean culture. I am proud to represent a large number of Korean Americans, and cherish the invaluable contributions they have made to New York and our great nation. I join the Korean American community in my district, and across the United States in celebrating Korean American Day.”

Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez (CA-38):

“Today, we celebrate the incredible contributions that Korean Americans have made to our country. For more than a century, Korean Americans have enriched diverse communities like the one I represent. They have defended our country on the battlefield and served in public office. I’m proud to join my colleagues in celebrating the first Korean American Day of the decade.”