A Korean American Day in New York?

Marchers at the recent Korean Day Parade in New York (Photo by Yehyun Kim for Voices of NY)

Marchers at the recent Korean Day Parade in New York (Photo by Yehyun Kim for Voices of NY)

UPDATE: On Dec. 18, 2014, The Korea Times’ English-language edition reported that Jan. 13 is now officially Korean American Day in NYC after the City Council passed the resolution.

On Nov. 24, the New York City Council will consider making Jan. 13 Korean American Day, according to The Korea Times’ English-language edition.

Council member Peter Koo introduced a resolution proposing the action in September.

On Jan. 13, 1903, the SS Gaelic arrived in Honolulu carrying 102 Koreans.

“Korean Americans have made tremendous contributions to all sectors of our society, such as law, government, the visual and performing arts, business, academia, medicine and science, including the development of the first beating heart operation for coronary artery disease,” the legislation text reads.

There are more than 1.4 million Korean Americans in the U.S., with nearly 100,000 living in the New York area. Koo’s resolution has 11 sponsors, including Council members Paul Vallone and Margaret Chin.

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