Korean Consul General Moon Duk-ho was honored today by Metropolitan King County Council, receiving a certificate of recognition from the Council.
1.7 million Americans of Korean descent live in the United States, making it home to the second-largest Korean population in the world. There are over 60,000 Korean Americans living in Washington state, half of whom live in King County. Washington’s strategic location on the Pacific Rim makes Korea the state’s fourth largest trading partner.
“King County has developed a special relationship based on strong economic, social and cultural ties, through times of peace and war,” said Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer, the author of the recognition. “We support the efforts in continuing to build strong bridges between the Republic of Korea and King County.”
The Seattle area has a historic relationship, both economically and culturally, with the Republic of South Korea. Our region has a large Korean population that greatly contributes to our diverse cultural character. The county prides itself on its strong bilateral trade relationships that bring prosperity to both of our regions.
WHEREAS, there are 1.7 million Americans of Korean descent living in the United States, making it home to the second-largest Korean population in the world; and
WHEREAS, there are 60,000 Korean Americans living in Washington State, half of whom live in King County; and
WHEREAS, Washington’s strategic location on the Pacific Rim makes Korea the state’s fourth largest trading partner, with exports ranging from planes to paper, and imports involving electronics, vehicles, and fuel; and
WHEREAS, King County, the State of Washington, and the Republic of Korea have developed a “special relationship,” consisting of strong economic, social, and cultural ties, through times of both peace and war; and
WHEREAS, Consul General Moon Duk-ho, recently appointed as the chief diplomatic officer of the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Seattle, will serve a vital role in strengthening those ties between the Pacific Northwest and the Republic of Korea; and
WHEREAS, Korean Americans in our community, region, and throughout the United States contribute to our quality of life through their professional and business associations, service organizations, and churches;
NOW, THEREFORE, we, the Metropolitan King County Council, recognize
CONSUL GENERAL MOON DUK-HO
and the contributions of King County’s
KOREAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY
and support their efforts in building bridges between the Republic of Korea and King County and Washington State.
DATED this nineteenth day of May, 2014.