Maryland declares Jan. 13 ‘Korean American Day’

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, center, smiles with his daughter Jaymie Sterling, left, daughter Kim Velez, second from left, granddaughter Daniella Velez, 2, and wife Yumi, right, during his inaugural gala in Baltimore, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Hogan is the 62nd governor of Maryland. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

Korea Times:

The U.S. state of Maryland has declared Jan. 13 as “Korean American Day” in recognition of contributions the Korean community has made to the state.

Gov. Larry Hogan and Korean-American First Lady Yumi Hogan declared the day in a ceremony at the Governor’s Reception Room at the Maryland State House.

In 2005, Congress designated Jan. 13 as Korean American Day in commemoration of the 1903 arrival of 102 Koreans in Hawaii in the first Korean emigration to the U.S. But Maryland is the first U.S. state to separately declare Korean American Day.

Hogan, who calls himself a “hanguk sawi,” which means a “son-in-law of South Korea,” has gained wide media attention not only because he was elected governor as a Republican in a traditionally Democratic state but also because of his Korean-American wife.

Yumi Hogan, an accomplished abstract landscape painter who teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art, is Maryland’s first-ever Asian-American first lady. The Washington Post even carried a long piece about their love story, including how they met at an art show in 2000 and married in 2004.

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A reminder of home and a link to Anchorage, in Korean

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The Anchorage Daily News did a nice profile on a Korean American couple and their dedication to bringing news to the Korean community in Anchorage. Yes, there is a Korean population in Alaska!

Rose and Yong Pak are up at 7 in the morning broadcasting to the thousand people who have purchased a 40 dollar sub carrier radio that will enable them to listen to the broadcast. Then when they’re done, they go downstairs to their tailor shop and vacuum the floor as they prepare to open their business another day.

Officially, Anchorage is home to 4,667 Koreans, according to the last U.S. Census count. (Leaders across the community put the number at more like 7,000.) It is an engine of entrepreneurship and tight social connections: A directory of local Korean-owned businesses lists more than 400. At last count, there were 27 Korean churches in the city.

There’s enough demand to support two competing ad-packed weekly Korean-language newspapers, each printing between 2,000-3,000 copies on an average week, according to their owners.

Anchorage’s Korean media outlets tend to be one-man shows or family operations, run out of makeshift spaces with little more than a couple of laptops.

But their role is vital: For Korean speakers without an Internet connection, they are the only way to find out about things like impending storms and changes in health insurance, how the government is spending its money and who won this week’s bowling league match.

The offices of Korean News, one of the weekly newspapers, share space with a contracting business called SUPER Construction.

It’s a story that really could have been written about any ethnic community. For these people, its not about making money but serving their communities.

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A reminder of home and a link to Anchorage, in Korean