Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib keynoted the 10th annual Korean-American Day event in Auburn on Friday, taking part in an official tribute to Korean culture and the Korean-American experience in Washington state and throughout the country.
During the event, which featured traditional dance and musical performances, Habib highlighted his parents’ experience as immigrants new to the United States, and his office’s commitment to creating opportunities for Washingtonians of all races and backgrounds.
“We, as new Americans, know and appreciate the great opportunities here,” said Habib.
He emphasized the importance of the Washington state Korean-American community, which consists of roughly 160,000 people. Specifically, Habib said he envisioned his new elected position as a way to be Washington state’s Chief Opportunity Officer COO, pushing to expand opportunities for all communities, including Korean-Americans.
Other notable attendees included Senators Joe Fain, Bob Hasegawa, and Mark Miloscia, as well as Representatives Cindy Ryu, Kristine Reeves, Mike Pellicciotti, Ruth Kagi, and Nicole Macri. Seattle Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim and Deputy King County Executive Sung Yang were also in attendance, along with the mayors of Auburn, Tacoma, Lynnwood, and Federal Way and numerous city and county councilmembers.