Assemblymember Medina Honors Legacy of Dosan Ahn Chang Ho on Assembly Floor

Monday, August 13, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Today, Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) spoke in support of ACR 269 (Choi), which establishes November 9th as Dosan Ahn Chang Ho Day.

Dosan Ahn Chang Ho is known as the leader of the Korean Independence Movement. When Korea was annexed by Japan in 1910, Ahn Chang Ho did not hesitate to rise to the challenge of leading the Korean Independence Movement. His influence and actions helped Koreans understand the importance of a free nation, and as a result democracy is firmly rooted in South Korea.

“Today, I had the honor of paying homage to an incredible man who changed the course of history for the people of Korea and for the world as a whole,” said Assemblymember Steven Choi, author of ACR 269. “Dosan Ahn Chang Ho took the courageous step to fight for his people and for their freedom. His legacy continues to live on in the hearts of every Korean person across the globe.”

“I am proud to be a lead author of ACR 269,” said Assemblymember Medina. “Historical references to Dosan Ahn Chang Ho’s activities in the U.S. rarely mention Riverside, but the city was a cornerstone of the Korean Independence Movement, with visitors referring to the immigrant settlement as ‘Dosan’s Republic.’ Dosan Ahn Chang Ho arrived in Riverside on March 23, 1904, and established a Korean labor bureau, which played a pivotal role in attracting Korean workers to the city. A statue honoring Dosan Ahn Chang Ho as a patriot in the Korean Independence Movement stands in downtown Riverside and continues to connect people of Korean descent around the world.”

ACR 269 (Choi): Dosan Ahn Chang Ho Day passed the Assembly Floor with bi-partisan support and now makes its way to the Senate.

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