Unknown Heroes
First Group of Korean Immigrants to America

Historical Facts: In 1607, the English founded their first permanent settlement in present-day America at Jamestown in the Virginia Colony. On January 1, 1892, Annie Moore, a teenager from County Cork, Ireland, was the first immigrant to the United States to pass through the Ellis Island federal immigration inspection station in New York Harbor.

Who was the first Korean in America? In 1890, Soh Jaipil (January 7, 1864 – January 5, 1951), also known as Philip Jaisohn, became the first Korean naturalized citizen of the United States. Soh was a Korean-American political activist and physician who was a noted champion of the Korean independence movement and founded Tongnip Sinmun, the first daily private (non-governmental) newspaper in Korea. Please watch Watch documentary on his legacy: Life of Soh Jaipil, the First Korean American

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“American-educated medical doctor who sowed seeds of democracy in Korea, published its first modern newspaper (1896-98), and popularized its written language. The first Korean to earn a Western medical degree and become a U.S. citizen. He worked for Korean independence during the Japanese occupation, 1910-45. Chief Advisor to the U.S. Military Government in Korea, 1947-1948. This was his home for 25 years.” – from The Philip Jaisohn Memorial Foundation located in Media, Pennsylvania

Korean Immigrant’s Independence Movement