Korean American Day


Every year on January 13, the Korea Economic Institute (KEI) sponsors a luncheon in Washington, DC to mark Korean American Day and recognize the local and national Korean American community.  This event has come to be recognized as one of the preeminent celebrations in Washington, DC for Korean-American Day with more than 250 participants.

As part of the ceremony, KEI recognizes three prominent Korean Americans that have made significant contributions in their field.  Recently, KEI has honored Korean Americans from government, business, academia, arts and literature.  They include: 

  • David Kim, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation

  • Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services

  • Yul Kwon, Deputy at the Federal Communication Commission

  • Dr. Nam Pyo Suh, President of KAIST

  • Dr. Jeannie Suk, Harvard Law School

  • Sam Yoon, Boston City Council

  • Daniel Dae Kim, Actor, Lost/Hawaii Five-O

  • YS Chi, Chairman, Elsevier Publishing  

In addition to recognizing the honorees, KEI invites a keynote speaker.  Previous figures include Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez; Special Representative for North Korea Policy Ambassador Stephen Bosworth; former U.S. Ambassador Alexander Vershbow; and Assistant secretary, Bureau of East Asia & Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State, Kurt Campbell.  

For any inquiries, please contact Sang Kim, Director of Public Affairs at sk@keia.org.