Resolution J1028-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 2013 as Korean American Family Month in the State of New York



  • Apr 17, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 3, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim May 2013 as Korean American Family Month in the  State  of  New

WHEREAS, When the sons and daughters of other nations move to the United
States,  the  traditions  they  carry  with  them  greatly  enhance  and
strengthen the American population; and
  WHEREAS, In December of 1902, 56 men, 21 women and  25  children  left
Korea and traveled across the Pacific Ocean on the S.S. Gaelic and land-
ed in Honolulu, Hawaii, on January 13, 1903; and
  WHEREAS,  Since  their  arrival,  Korean Americans have taken root and
thrived in the United  States  through  strong  family  ties,  community
support, and hard work; and
  WHEREAS, Family values and the importance of education are at the core
of  Korean culture; specifically, the concept of "filial piety," or love
and respect for one's parents and ancestors, is a  vital  family  virtue
honored by Koreans for centuries; and
  WHEREAS, May is considered "Family Month" in Korean culture with Chil-
dren's  Day  falling  on May 5th, Parents' Day on May 8th, and Teachers'
Day on May 15th; and
  WHEREAS, Children's Day was founded in 1923, by Mr. Jeong-Hwan Bang, a
children's book author and children's rights activist, to  promote  love
and respect for youth; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Proclamation  of Children's Day, which was presented by
Mr.  Bang on May 1, 1923, contains eight requests by children to adults,
such as treating children with respect and providing a  caring  environ-
ment for children to learn and develop; and
  WHEREAS, Acknowledging that children are the future of the nation, the
day became a public holiday in Korea in 1975, allowing parents and chil-
dren to spend the day together to strengthen the ties of the family; and
  WHEREAS,  Since  1973, Koreans have celebrated Parents' Day on May 8th
by presenting their parents with a red carnation and gifts; in addition,
various ceremonies are held in the Korean American community  to  recog-
nize sons and daughters who have rendered exemplary care and services to
parents and elderly; and
  WHEREAS,  May  15th is designated as Teacher's Day; while teachers are
not blood relation, they have long occupied a special place of honor and
dignity in Korean culture; and
  WHEREAS, Korea has a long tradition of sincere respect and  admiration
for teachers, and students are taught to respect their teachers from the
very first time they enter a school; and
  WHEREAS,  Respect for teachers does not only take place in schools but
also in every household; it goes along with  Korean  culture  where  the
elderly are greatly respected for their lifelong wisdom and hard work to
society; and
  WHEREAS,  The Korean American community in New York State continues to
honor family values through various events and  ceremonies  held  during
the month of May; and
  WHEREAS,  The State of New York has always been richer, culturally and
socially, as a result of many contributions of its vibrant Korean-Ameri-
can community; New York is  also  fortunate  to  have  in  its  midst  a
substantial  number  of  citizens who trace their origins to Korea; now,
therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
memorialize  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to proclaim May 2013 as Korean
American Family Month in the State of New York; and be it further

  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State  of  New
York; and the Korean American Association of Greater New York, the Kore-
an  American  Association  of  Queens, the Korean American Filial Piety,
Inc., and the Korean American Parents Association of Greater New York.


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