[Congressional Record: September 26, 2002 (Extensions)]
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RECOGNIZING HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF 100 YEARS OF KOREAN IMMIGRATION
TO UNITED STATES
HON. ADAM B. SCHIFF
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, September 24, 2002
Mr. SCHIFF. Mr. Speaker, as a co-sponsor of this resolution, I am
pleased to see it being considered by the House today and I urge my
colleagues to support this bill.
In 2003, communities throughout the United States will celebrate the
100th anniversary of Korean immigration to the United States. Many
Korean immigrants came to the United States in the early 1950's,
fleeing from war, poverty and the threat of communism. As the hope to
return to a united and democratic Korea diminished, Korean immigrants
to build new communities and opportunities for themselves in the United
It was through sheer determination and hard work that many Korean
Americans have been able to thrive in America, invigorating businesses,
churches and academic communities throughout the United States.
According to the United States Census, Korean Americans own and operate
135,571 businesses across the nation that have gross sales of
$46,000,000,000 annually and employ 333,649 individuals.
Korean Americans have also left an indelible mark in our communities
and government. Korean American community activists such as Angela Oh
and Bong Hwan Kim worked tirelessly to bridge the racial tensions
during the Los Angeles riots of 1992.
The Korean-American population of the U.S. has greatly added to the
rich fabric of our Nation. I want to take this opportunity to commend
Korean Americans for their historical and cultural contributions to
this Nation, and again urge a YES vote on this resolution.
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