Maryland road to be named 'Korean Way'

By 임정요
  • Published : Dec 14, 2016 - 09:31
  • Updated : Dec 14, 2016 - 14:45

A section of a Maryland road will be named "Korean Way" in recognition of Koreans' contribution to economic development and cultural diversity in the US state, the office of Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday.

The section of Maryland's US Route 40 stretches about 1 kilometer and passes through the Ellicot City, one of the most densely Korean populated towns in the state with a lot of Korean-run shops and restaurants. About 7 percent of the town's 66,000 population are Korean.

Two "Korean Way" road signs will be set up on Dec. 20, the office said.
This file photo, taken in September 2014, shows Chung Yoo-ra participating in an equestrian competition. (Yonhap)
The association of Korean Americans in Maryland first proposed the idea, and the Maryland's government decided to endorse the proposal despite initial reservations and opposition from the state transportation department about naming a road after a specific nation or ethnicity.

The designation was made possible thanks to strong support from the governor.

Hogan, who is married to Korean-American artist Yumi Hogan and calls himself a "hanguk sawi," which means a "son-in-law of South Korea," has been very supportive of Korean Americans in his state.

In January, Maryland also designated Jan. 13 as "Korean-American Day" and April 15 as "Taekwondo Day."

Yumi Hogan, an accomplished abstract landscape painter who teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art, is Maryland's first-ever Asian-American first lady. The Washington Post even carried a long piece about their love story, including how they met at an art show in 2000 and married in 2004. (Yonhap)