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Like many Korean Americans, I come from a family of immigrants. My parents and my three siblings were all born in South Korea, immigrated to the United States, and became naturalized American citizens. My story is a simple one, one that echoes the lives of so many other Korean Americans I meet. In fact, many who read this will probably have life stories that are more compelling than mine. 

My parents epitomize the American dream. They came to the U.S. in the 1960s. My father attended graduate school and studied political science. When I was an infant, he worked at Chase Manhattan Bank. My mother was an English major in college. One of her early jobs was as an Executive Assistant at Uniroyal Tires. I was born at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City on October 6, 1969.

I spent my early years in Woodside, Queens and attended P.S. 12. When I was in kindergarten, my parents opened the family business. It started out small but evolved into Cici Department Store. It was one of the first businesses that catered primarily to Korean customers and sold high-end cosmetics, electronics, and other gifts. They were the pioneers of 32nd Street, a block that is affectionately known today as “K-town” or Korea Town.

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