SACRAMENTO, CA – The California State Senate unanimously passed Senate Resolution 14, authored by Senator Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar), which recognizes August 15, 2019 as the 74th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Korea which celebrates Korean heritage and the Korean American community’s vast contributions to our nation.
“Our state and country have been enriched by the contributions of Korean Americans in the fields of business, sports, arts, civics, and the military,” said Senator Chang. “California is home to more than 455,000 Korean Americans who unite to commemorate this important holiday and some of them are constituents who proudly call California’s 29th Senate District home. Earlier this year, I honored Hannah Kim as Senate District 29th Woman of the Year. Hannah is the future of our country and as a millennial, she is paving a path and ensuring the legacy of those who fought in the Forgotten War.”
On August 15, 2019, Koreans celebrate 74th National Liberation Day from Japanese colonial rule, honoring the lives and memories of thousands of brave Koreans who fought for their freedom. This day is also known as “Gwangbokjeol,” which literally translates to “bringing back the light” in Korean.
“With Orange County comprising the second largest Korean American population in the country - especially in the 29th District - with Korean population highly concentrated in the cities of Fullerton, Buena Park, and La Palma, it is important to recognize this day. Korean Americans have contributed greatly to our culture, economy, education, and government and will continue to help 29th District flourish and become a better place to live for all of us,” said Ho-El Park, President of Korean American Chamber of Commerce Orange County.
Some notable Korean-Americans include decorated World War II and Korean War veteran Colonel Young-Oak Kim; Judge Herbert Choi, the first Asian American appointed to the federal bench; Nelson Chai, former CFO of the NY Stock Exchange; actor and comedian Margaret Cho and professional golfer Michelle Wie.