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File #: 200703    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 12/3/2020 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 12/10/2020
Title: Proclaiming January 13, 2021 as Korean American Day in 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 Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Brooks, Councilmember Thomas
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 20070300, 2. Signature20070300
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Proclaiming January 13, 2021 as Korean American Day in 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, 1.82 million people of Korean descent live throughout the United States and are part of a vibrant, growing Korean American community; and

WHEREAS, The Centennial Committees of Korean Immigration and Korean Americans have designated January 13 of each year as Korean American Day to commemorate the first step of the long and prosperous journey of Korean Americans in the United States; and

WHEREAS, President George W. Bush issued a Proclamation to recognize January 13, 2003 as the Centennial of Korean Immigration to the United States, calling upon all Americans to observe the anniversary with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities honoring contributions of Korean immigrants and their descendants, including their courageous service in World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War, and other wars to defend and uphold our American values; and

WHEREAS, In 2005, the United States Congress adopted Senate Resolution 283 and House of Representative Resolution 487, both supporting the goals and ideals of Korean American Day; and

WHEREAS, The Korean American community in the Philadelphia metropolitan area has grown to exceed 41,000 members. 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 even greater exchanges between Korea and Philadelphia, and the friendship between the two has been characterized by a shared love of free...

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