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File #: 161038    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 11/17/2016 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 11/17/2016
Title: Proclaiming January 13, 2017 as Korean American Day in the City of Philadelphia to Celebrate and Commemorate the Proud Heritage of Korean Americans and their Invaluable Contributions to Enhancing the City's Culture, Economy, and the Founding Ideals of Independence and Democracy.
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez
Attachments: 1. Signature16103800.pdf
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Proclaiming January 13, 2017 as Korean American Day in the City of Philadelphia to Celebrate and Commemorate the Proud Heritage of Korean Americans and their Invaluable Contributions to Enhancing the City's Culture, Economy, and the Founding Ideals of Independence and Democracy.

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WHEREAS, The first wave of Korean immigrants to the United States, comprised of 102 people, arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii, on January 13, 1903. Today, 1.7 million people of Korean descent live throughout the United States and are part of a vibrant, growing Korean American community; and

WHEREAS, Nearly a century ago, the "First Korean Congress" was convened in Philadelphia from April 14-16, 1919, by Dr. Philip Jaisohn, a notable figure in Korea's independence movement from Japan. The Korean representatives met in The Little Theatre located on 17th and Delancey Streets, and they marched in solidarity for the Korean national independence movement on the last day to Independence Hall on Chestnut Street; and

WHEREAS, Philadelphia is the birthplace of the League of Friends of Korea in America that was organized in 21 American cities as well as in London and France; and

WHEREAS, The Korean American community in Philadelphia and across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has grown to over 80,000 people. Korean Americans own many retail stores, provide various cultural opportunities, and are making important contributions in distinguished career fields such as law, medicine, business, education, architecture, and the arts; and

WHEREAS, There are ever greater exchanges between Korea and Philadelphia, and the friendship between the two regions has been embodied since the beginning by the values of love of freedom, dedication to peace, and building of prosperity; and

WHEREAS, In recognition of the Centennial Korean Immigration to the United States and the historic relations between Philadelphia and Korea, all citizens of Philadelphia are encouraged to participate...

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