Happy Korean American Day!
Korean American Day
Korean American Day honors the contributions of the Korean American community to the United States and commemorates the arrival of the first Korean immigrants on January 13, 1903. In 2005, the U.S. Senate and House passed resolutions by unanimous consent expressing support for the goals and aspirations of Korean American Day, which is also celebrated by numerous states and municipalities.
Every year on January 13, the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI) sponsors a luncheon in Washington, DC to mark Korean American Day and recognize the local and national Korean American community. This event has come to be recognized as one of the preeminent celebrations in Washington, DC for Korean Americans.
As part of the ceremony, KEI recognizes prominent Korean Americans that have made significant contributions in their field. Recently, KEI has honored Korean-Americans from athletics, government, business, academia, humanitarian work, business and entrepreneurship, arts and literature.
How to celebrate National Korean American Day:
Share your family’s immigration experience with your friends or on social media. If you don’t know much about it, ask your parents and grandparents.
Ask your Korean-American friends how they connect with their Korean heritage.
Enjoy a Korean meal and a bottle of soju with your friends. Bulgogi is a great gateway to Korean food.