For immediate release:
January 11, 2016

Hannah Marr
Shareese Churchill

Governor Larry Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan Celebrate Korean-American Day

Governor Issues Official Proclamation in Honor of 113th Anniversary of Korean Immigrants’ Arrival to U.S.

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today issued a statewide proclamation declaring Wednesday, January 13, 2016 Korean-American Day in Maryland. The proclamation was presented to Korean-American leaders at a ceremony today in acknowledgment of the invaluable contributions of the Korean-American community to Maryland and the United States. Korean-American Day is acknowledged yearly on January 13, commemorating the day in 1903 when the first Korean immigrants arrived to America in Honolulu, Hawaii. This year marks the 113th anniversary of their arrival.

“The Korean-American community is incredibly important to Maryland and to America as a whole,” said Governor Hogan. “For over a century they have added to the richness and diversity of our country, and our administration remains committed to fostering a vibrant, flourishing Korean-American community here in Maryland. I am proud to call myself a ‘hanguk sahwi,’ or ‘son-in-law’ to the people of Korea.”

As part of the celebration, Governor Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan today hosted a reception for members of the Korean-American community, including Korean Ambassador to the United States Ahn Ho-Young, embassy representatives, and leaders in the Korean-American community, at the State House in Annapolis.

In May, Governor Hogan visited Seoul, Korea, as part of a 12 day economic development trade mission, and formed several partnerships to strengthen economic and educational ties between South Korea and Maryland.