California Lawmakers Present $4M Check to Build First Ever Korean American National Museum

Friday, August 2, 2019

Los Angeles, CA – For more than a century, the Korean American community in Los Angeles has been growing and thriving; knitting itself into the cultural fabric of one of the most populous cities in the nation. Soon, for the first time, the history of the Korean American community will be on display at the Korean American National Museum in the heart of Koreatown.  This year, Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) successfully fought alongside his colleagues to secure $4 million in the 2019-2020 state budget to help construct the museum.

WHAT:            Local Assemblymembers, Senators, and City Councilmembers will join Korean American National Museum leadership to hand off a check for $4 million.

VISUALS:         Elected officials will sign a giant check before handing it off to Museum leadership, 3-D models of the planned Museum construction.


  • Assemblymember Miguel Santiago
  • Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles)
  • Senator Maria Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles)
  • Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton)
  • City Council President Herb Wesson
  • Jae Min Chang, Board Chair, Korean American National Museum
  • Eui-Sung Yie, Architect, Morphosis

WHEN:            Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 10:00am

WHERE:          Event will be held in a parking lot that has been marked as the future location of the Korean American National Museum.

                         605 S. Vermont Ave
                         Los Angeles, CA 90005

                         The parking lot is located north of the Denny’s Restaurant on Vermont. Click THIS LINK to navigate on Google Maps.

Assemblymember Miguel Santiago is the Chair of the Assembly’s Communications and Conveyance Committee, and a member of both the Assembly Public Safety Committee and the California Latino Legislative Caucus. He represents the 53rd District composed of the cities of Los Angeles, Huntington Park, and Vernon.