CAPAC Members Celebrate Korean American Day

Jan 13, 2022

Washington, D.C. – Today, members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) released the following statements in celebration of Korean American Day, which commemorates the arrival of the first Korean immigrants to the United States on January 13, 1903, and honors the diverse contributions of Korean Americans.

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

“119 years ago, the first Korean immigrants to the US arrived and have helped to shape our country and culture ever since. Today, as we celebrate Korean American Day, I’m thrilled to have an historic four Korean American Members of Congress with even more incredible Korean American leaders breaking barriers as judges and members of the Administration,” said Rep. Chu. “As our country recovers from the pandemic which has disproportionately impacted Asian American communities and the plague of anti-Asian hate crimes, it is more important than ever that we stand with the Korean American community to ensure  everyone is included in our economic recovery and safe from bigotry and violence. Our diversity is our strength and I’m thrilled to celebrate the contributions of Korean Americans today and every day.”

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

“119 years ago, the first Korean immigrants arrived in the United States, and today we recognize Korean American Day and the incredible contributions that Korean Americans have made to our country. Korean Americans have shattered barriers in both the private and public sectors. From culture to food, music to movies, and medicine to politics, Korean Americans have enriched and continue to enrich every aspect of our nation’s identity. I am deeply honored and proud to represent Queens, New York which is home to the second-largest Korean American community in the U.S. On this Korean American Day and every day, we recognize the history, culture, and accomplishments of Korean Americans, and I extend my gratitude and best wishes to the vibrant Korean American community in my congressional district, and everybody across the nation celebrating this annual observance.” 

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

“Today, on Korean American Day, we honor and celebrate the Korean American community. Korean American business owners, doctors, military service members, artists and more have made indelible contributions to American society. From the inventor of the first beating heart operation for coronary artery heart disease to a four-time Olympic gold medalist, Korean Americans represent the best of America. I’m pleased to join my CAPAC colleagues in wishing the Korean American community a happy and healthy Korean American Day!”

Congressman Ami Bera (CA-07):

“On Korean American Day, we recognize the incredible contributions made by Korean Americans to the fabric of our country. As a nation of immigrants, we first welcomed Koreans to the United States in 1903. In the 119 years since, our economy, culture, and society have rapidly evolved with Korean Americans firmly rooted in that growth. As the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation, and as Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Korea, I am proud to join my CAPAC colleagues in celebrating Korean American Day and the many contributions of Korean Americans.”

Congressman Ed Case (HI-01):

“The very first immigrants of Korean ancestry to arrive in our country came ashore in my district of Honolulu, Hawaii onboard the RMS Gaelic in 1903 and in the last century-plus have grown into a proud and successful Korean-American community in our islands and beyond,” said Congressman Ed Case (HI-01).  “This quintessentially American community has embraced our collective dream while retaining the best of its rich culture and history, in the prefers strengthening our collective bonds. I am so proud to include them among the rich diversity I represent in Congress.”

Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03):

“Today we celebrate Korean American Day, a day when we can reflect on the first Koreans coming to America over 100 years ago, and to reflect upon all that’s happened in the last century in terms of the contributions and the opportunities that have been afforded to Korean Americans like my parents and my family. Today is also about the future of Korean Americans, and the incredible rise of Korean Americans throughout industries like business, policy, academia, entertainment, and so much more. There is a tremendous amount of excitement about what comes next. Our story is not just a Korean American story or just an Asian American story, but a fundamentally American story. I hope today we take time to recognize and appreciate the great diversity of our country.”

Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland (WA-10):

“From the moment Koreans first arrived in the United States in 1903, they have made a lasting impact on our country. A Korean immigrant, my mother’s unrelenting perseverance, strength, hard work, and accomplishments are reflective of the rich values that the Korean American community represents. As one of the first Korean American women to be elected to Congress and the first African American to represent the Pacific Northwest at the federal level, I could not be more proud of my heritage.  On Korean American Day and every day, I am proud to carry our culture and values with me in Congress.” 

Congressman Steven Horsford (NV-04):

“Nevada’s Fourth District is home to a vibrant and growing Korean American community. As we mark 119 years of Korean immigration to the United States, we are honored to celebrate the tremendous cultural, social, and economic contributions that Korean Americans have made to our nation. The pandemic and racist misinformation about COVID-19 has put a deep strain on Nevada’s Korean American community, but they have responded with strength, grace, and resolve. I am especially grateful for the Korean American small business owners, teachers, health care professionals, and other essential workers who have kept our society running during the pandemic. As we look forward to a new year, I am excited to rebuild stronger together.”

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-12):

“Today I join my colleagues in recognizing the many contributions that Korean Americans have made to our nation since the first Korean immigrants arrived to America’s shores. I am proud to represent a large and vibrant Korean American community and cherish the invaluable contributions they have made to New York and our nation. I join my friends from New York City and across the country in celebrating this Korean American Day.”

Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52)

“Korean Americans' ongoing contributions to our nation as teachers, public servants and elected leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists, artists and more are valued as part of our shared American identity. I'm honored to support the 20,000 Korean Americans who call San Diego home and make up a part of my district's vibrant AAPI community. I join them in marking and celebrating this day in history, when the first Korean immigrants arrived to the U.S. 119 years ago. I extend my appreciation to past, present and future generations of Korean Americans and will continue working for them in Congress.”

Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09):

“119 years ago, on this day, the first Korean immigrants arrived in the United States. Every day since then, Korean Americans have made countless contributions to the success and prosperity of our country. Today is an important day to honor those immense contributions and the unique influence that Korean Americans have had on our culture. As a proud member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I extend my appreciation to the Korean American community in the 9th District of Washington State and across the country.”