Republic of Korea Celebrates Its Independence Day

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The citizens of Republic of Korea today celebrated their National Day.

The constitution of the Republic of Korea sets out the structure of the South Korean government. The constitution document has been revised several times, but it has retained many broad characteristics, though those changes. The country has a presidential system with an independent chief executive, according to Wikimedia.

Americans and Koreans share some history. In the early 1900s, when the US needed farm laborers and railroad workers, many Koreans arrived to fulfill thosse needs. Los Angeles has a large Koreatown, that covers almost two square miles, where many Korean businesses, shops and restaurants are located. There are many Korean landmarks and events in LA, including the Korean American Museum, the Los Angeles Korean Festival and the Korean Philharmonic Orchestra.

After the Korean war, American families started adopting Korean orphans and children of destitute families. It is thought that around 300,000 Korean children were adopted.

Los Angeles and New York both have large Korean populations, around 90,000 each, but people of Korean descent are located all over the USA.

US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking in Washington, DC, extended the congratulations of President Obama and the people of the United States, to the people of Republic of Korea on their National Day.

“Our deeply rooted partnership, founded on a shared history and common values, has made both our nations and the region more prosperous and secure.” -Ms. Clinton

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The earliest surviving depiction of the Korean / South Korean flag was printed in a US Navy book Flags of Maritime Nations in July 1889.

Ms. Clinton stressed both countries are collaborating on a wide range of issues – from strengthening regional security, to expanding trade, to harnessing the potential for green growth and sustainable development. She added that she is confident that together both countries will continue to tackle even more challenges and seize more opportunities.

“Whether you are celebrating this special day with family, friends or loved ones, I wish all Koreans around the world continued peace and prosperity in the year to come.” -Ms. Clinton

South Korea is a free market, democratic, and developed country. Republic of Korea is a member in the United Nations, WTO, OECD and G-20 major economies.

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