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Meng Issues Statement Ahead of Korean American Day

Jan 12, 2020
Press Release
New York has second largest Korean population in U.S.

QUEENS, NY – Today, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY), Vice Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, issued the following statement ahead of Korean American Day, which falls on Monday, January 13, 2020. 

“Korean American Day recognizes the profound contributions of Korean Americans in the United States and I am proud to recognize this important observance,” said Meng. “Over 100 years ago, Koreans arrived on our shores in search of freedom and opportunity for themselves and their families. Since then, they have enriched every facet of American history, culture, and cuisine. Whether in the entertainment industry or academia; whether in medicine or public service – Korean Americans have made and continue to make immeasurable contributions to this nation. New York has the second largest number of Korean Americans in the country. And as a representative of Queens, where many Korean Americans call home, I extend my gratitude to the vibrant Korean American community in my congressional district. At the same time, I want to also call attention to the critical issues of Korean Americans who, since post-Korean War, were divided from their families in North Korea, as well as the Korean Dreamers who have known this country as their only home. As we celebrate the admirable history and contributions of Korean Americans in the United States, we must also make sure to keep fighting for the human rights of all Korean Americans. I urge all Americans to join me in celebrating Korean American Day.”

Meng has spearheaded several initiatives in Congress and Queens on behalf of the Korean American community.

Last month, she announced that the new Small Business Development Center she helped to open at Queens College is now providing services in Korean, and in October, the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed her legislation that seeks to reunite Korean American families with loved ones in North Korea.    

She also introduced a resolution recently to commemorate the centennial anniversary of Korea’s independence movement, and at the last State of the Union address, she brought Jin Park of Flushing, Queens – the first Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient to be awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship – as her guest for the speech to stand against President Trump’s cruel immigration policies.

In addition, Meng introduced legislation to examine the possibility of creating the first museum dedicated to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), which would help preserve the history, culture, and accomplishments of Korean Americans in addition to other AAPIs’ histories. Further, she has secured millions of dollars to combat Hepatitis B, which disproportionately affects Korean Americans and other AAPIs.

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