ICAS Bulletin
Institute for Corean-American Studies, Inc.

August 2, 2008

The Honourable Michael A Nutter
City of Philadelphia


August 2008 as KOREA MONTH

Dear Friend:

We are pleased to share with you that The Hon Michael A Nutter, Mayor of the City of Philadelphia, proclaimed* today "August 2008 as KOREA MONTH" on the occasion of the "ICAS Summer Symposium and ICAS Reception & Dinner 2008:The Korean Diaspora".



Philadelphia is a city where people of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds reside in an environment of brotherly love and sisterly affection. As host to such a varied citizenry, Philadelphia has enjoyed a long range of benefits to its schools, businesses, and culture. In order to continue our efforts toward remaining a very international city, it is important to recognize the various groups of immigrants that come to Philadelphia and contribute to our society. Korean-Americans are one of the most important immigrant groups that the City of Philadelphia hosts, and the impact that this group has on the City is tremendous.

Whereas, the Korean-American community has had a beneficial impact on the City of Philadelphia. Korean food, literature, and music, have nehanced the day to day lives of Philadelphians and tourists to our great City. Korean businesses have found a welcoming home in Philadelphia. Moreover, the City of Philadelphia sent a trade mission to Korea in 2005, which was successful in improving commercial ties between our City and Korea. Professionals and students from Korea have improved Philadelphia's world-renowned universities, businesses, and medical facilities.

Whereas, the Institute for Corean-American Studies, Inc. (
ICAS) has served to encourage peace and prosperity between the United States and Asia-Pacific rim natons through its lectures and other activities.

Whereas, Incheon, Korea is a Sister City to Philadelphia since 1984, and our cities have maintained a close relationship even prior to the foration of this relationship. The strong relationship that the City of Philadelphia has with Incheon, Korea, mirrors the great relationship that our commonwealth and our nation have with Korea.

On the one hundred fifth anniversary of the Korean Diaspora to the United States, I offer my hope that the Korean Community in Philadelphia will continue to thrive.


I, Michael A Nutter, Mayor of the City of Philadelphia, do hereby proclaim August 2008, as


in Philadelphia as our city salutes and congratulates the Koeran Diaspora on the one hundred fifth anniversary of their presence in the United States of America.


Michael A Nutter


City of Philadelphia

Given under my hand and the Seal
of the City of Philadelphia, this
second day of August, two
thousand and eight

The following persons are among the well-wishers who sent Greetings and Proclamations. They are The Hon Ed Rendell (Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania), The Hon Arlen Specter (US Senator), The Hon Robert Casey Jr (US Senator), The Hon Allyson Schwartz (US Rep), The Hon Joe Sestak (US Rep), The Hon Jim Gerlach (US Rep), The Hon Mike Honda (US Rep), The Hon Eni F H Faleomavaega (US Rep), The Hon Jim Matthews (Montgomery County Chair Commissioner), The Hon Joe Hoeffel (Montgomery County Commissioner), The Hon Bruce L Castor Jr (Montgomery County Commissioner), The Hon Patty Kim (Councilwoman, City of Harrisburg) and The Hon A Michael Pratt (Chancellor, Philadelphia Bar Association).

Thank you.

Sang Joo Kim / signed
Sr. Fellow & Executive Vice President

ICAS Fellow
Speakers &