Description: Maryland’s Ellicott City US Route 40 The Korean Way was unveiled at 10 am on the 20th at the Baltimore National Pike, a crowded shopping area. On the day, Yumi Hogan and Deputy Secretary James Poltz of the Maryland Department of Transportation unveiled the “Korean Way” tribute sign.
At 11 am, attended by over 200 Koreans, Yumi Hogan, deputy minister of Transportation James Potts, Allen Kithleman Howard county governor, Gael Bates Maryland State Senator and Consul General Kim Dongki, attended the Garden Church (Rev. Han Tae Il) Chairman of the Korea Foundation) held a ceremony to celebrate the Korean Way.
“We want to remember Korean Americans who have contributed to the economic and cultural diversity in Maryland and Howard County and contribute to the growth of Korean Americans who have an identity to remember the future where we are from,” said Yumi Hogan, “We will go together to build a better Maryland,” he said.
Consul General Kim Dong-kyu said, “It is a symbol of Korean immigrants who have settled in Maryland successfully and contributed well to American society. It is also an expression of our determination to strengthen our bilateral alliance.”
Chairman Bae Seong-ok said, “On December 20, 2016, Governor Hogan’s day is a historic day for the Korean government to unveil the Korean Way with deep consideration and interest in Korean society. Until today, thanks to the contribution of the Maryland Koreans to the community in economy, culture, and service, Koreans are recognized in the mainstream society and the efforts of the Korean Association executives are the day. “As a Korean, we have to be proud of our self-esteem and responsibility, and live an immigrant life that is a model for other people.”
It was impossible without the strong will of Korean governor Larry Hogan to install the Korean Way sign. In Maryland, a sign has been set up for veterans or those who have left the world with great accomplishments, but it is the first time that a sign has been set up to refer to a particular race. For this reason, the Maryland Department of Transportation has expressed concern and a negative stance that it can create precedent. However, Governor Hogan strongly supported and made possible the efforts of Korean Americans who contributed to the development of Maryland.
Chairman Bae Seong-ok and the attendees expressed their gratitude to Governor Hogan and the officials of the provincial government and the Howard County government.
“There are 166 Korean businesses on Route 40, 7% Korean, and 23% Asian residents in Ellicott City,” said Deputy Transportation Minister James Falls. Maryland will implement a $ 14 billion road construction budget for six years, some of which will be invested in Route 40. The road also celebrates 50,000 vehicles a day, and will see “Korean Way” and Korean-language business signs in Korean.