About Korean American Day
Korean American Day on January 13th commemorates the arrival of the first Korean immigrants to the United States in 1903. On January 13th 1903 just over 100 Korean immigrants first arrived in the United States and settled in Hawaii. Over the next two years, roughly 7,500 more Korean immigrants arrived in the country.
Today, the number of people of Korean ancestry living in the United States has grown to more than 1,700,000, representing more than a 67-fold increase since 1960; and, in 1994, the National Association of Korean Americans (NAKA), was founded in the State of New York, becoming the first national civil and human rights organization of Korean Americans.
The day also honors the Korean American’s immense contributions to every aspect of society.
In 2005, President George W. Bush established January 13th as Korean American Day to recognize the contributions Korean Americans have made to society in the United States,
What can YOU do to celebrate and honor Korean American Day? Learn more about Korean Americans then and now. Read books about their experiences or watch documentaries. Celebrate our culture and enjoy our cuisine,