I went to the North American International Auto Show with some friends; my impressions may be found on the car page in a little while.

In other news, it looks like today has some historical significance to Korean Americans. Tucked into an article about a new Korean-owned grocery store and trends in the Korean-American church culture is this little snippet:



“…this year…marks the centennial of Korean immigration to the United States. One hundred years ago today, 102 passengers docked in Honolulu on the ocean liner Gaelic. They were the first large group of Koreans to arrive intent on making this country their own.

With Korean Americans now numbering more than 1 million, according to the 2000 Census, communities nationwide plan a year-long commemoration of the centennial. Today’s kickoff in Hawaii will be led by a son of one of the original settlers.

The Smithsonian Institution is sponsoring an event each month, beginning with a photography exhibit Thursday at the National Museum of Natural History. About 66,000 Korean Americans live in the Washington area, a majority of them in Virginia’s suburbs. Only Los Angeles and New York City claim more.”

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