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File #: Res 0417-2014    Version: * Name: Recognizing and commemorating January 13th as Korean American Day in NYC.
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations
On agenda: 9/23/2014
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution recognizing and commemorating January 13th as Korean American Day in the City of New York.
Sponsors: Peter A. Koo, Maria Del Carmen Arroyo, Inez D. Barron, Margaret S. Chin, Inez E. Dickens, Vincent J. Gentile, Vanessa L. Gibson, Corey D. Johnson, Rosie Mendez, Donovan J. Richards, Paul A. Vallone, Andrew Cohen, James G. Van Bramer, Mark S. Weprin, Elizabeth S. Crowley, Costa G. Constantinides, Fernando Cabrera , Mathieu Eugene, Ben Kallos, Brad S. Lander
Council Member Sponsors: 20
Attachments: 1. Committee Report 11/24/14, 2. Hearing Testimony 11/24/14, 3. Hearing Transcript 11/24/14, 4. Committee Report 12/16/14, 5. Hearing Transcript 12/16/14, 6. Committee Report - Stated Meeting, 7. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 12-17-14, 8. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - December 17, 2014
Res. No. 417
 
 
Resolution recognizing and commemorating January 13th as Korean American Day in the City of New York.
 
 
By Council Members Koo, Arroyo, Barron, Chin, Dickens, Gentile, Gibson, Johnson, Mendez, Richards, Vallone, Cohen, Van Bramer, Weprin, Crowley, Constantinides, Cabrera, Eugene, Kallos and Lander
 
      Whereas, In December 1902, 56 men, 21 women and 25 children left Korea and traveled across the Pacific Ocean on the SS Gaelic, landing in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 13, 1903; and
      Whereas, The early Korean American community was united around the common goal of obtaining independence for their colonized mother country; and
      Whereas, Furthermore, in the early 1950's, thousands of Koreans, fleeing from war, poverty and political repression, came to the United States seeking opportunities; and
      Whereas, Korean Americans, like waves of immigrants that came to the United States before them, have taken root and thrived in the United States through strong family ties, community support and hard work; and
Whereas, According to the 2010 United States Census, there are over 1.4 million Korean Americans living in the United States; and
Whereas, According to the latest United States Census data, Korean Americans own and operate 192,465 business in the country, with an estimated revenue of $78.6 billion annually; and
Whereas, Furthermore, there are 23,948 Korean-owned businesses in New York State, which has the second largest number of Korean-owned businesses in the United States with an estimated revenue of $7.7 billion annually; and
      Whereas, Korean Americans have made tremendous contributions to all sectors of our society, such as law, government, the visual and performing arts, business, academia, medicine and science, including the development of the first beating heart operation for coronary artery disease; and
      Whereas, Additionally, members of the Korean American community have served with distinction in the Armed Forces of the United States; and
Whereas, New York City, in particular, has been culturally and socially enriched as a result of the many contributions of its vibrant Korean American community; and
Whereas, According to the 2010 United States Census, there are an estimated 96,741 New York City residents of Korean descent; and
Whereas, On January 13, 2014, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), including Congresswoman Grace Meng and Congressman Charles Rangel, celebrated Korean American Day in recognition of the 111th anniversary since Korean immigrants first arrived to the United States; and
      Whereas, The triumphs and unwavering efforts of dedicated individuals have advanced the Korean American community and the community-at-large through outstanding advocacy, sterling achievement and an unfaltering dedication to societal well-being; now, therefore, be it
      Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York recognizes and commemorates January 13th as Korean American Day in the City of New York.
 
LS #497
2/18/14
11:20 a.m.
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