Release: May 25, 2023
Delaware County Council Vice President Elaine Paul Schaefer was honored to join leaders from the County Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity (DEI), the Department of Planning, the Department of Health, Human Services and the Executive Office on May 24 for a tour of the Philip Jaisohn Memorial. House in Media, PA, in recognition of Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The tour was also part of the county’s ongoing efforts to embrace diversity, equity and inclusion through increased engagement with various groups and organizations in the community.
During the visit, the county team members learned about the life and work of Dr. Philip Jaisohn, a Korean political refugee who became a titanic figure in the Korean Independence Movement of the early 20th century and was inspired by its efforts to establish a free and democratic Korea from America’s own struggle for independence. In 1890, Dr. Jaisohn was the first Korean American to obtain American citizenship, and two years later he became the first Korean to receive an American medical degree.
The visit was timed to coincide with Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AANHPI).
Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AANHPI), also known as Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI). acronym), is an annual celebration in May that recognizes the contributions and influence of Asian descendants, Native Hawaiians, and Recognized Pacific Islanders in the United States. The umbrella term of AAPI includes cultures from across the Asian continent, including East, Southeast, and South Asia, and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders make up about 7% of the United States population. AAPI cultures have been contributing and helping to shape the United States. From science to psychology, medicine to technology and even YouTube, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have really made a big impact on the basic things we use today.
The county thanks George Choe, President/CEO of the Jaisohn Center, and Kyunghee Seo, Outreach Program and Memorial House, for an informative tour and a great afternoon!
About the Philip Jaisohn Memorial House:
Philip Jaisohn Memorial House, located on East Lincoln Street in Media, was the home of Dr. Philip Jaisohn and his family for twenty-five years. From home, Dr. Jaisohn led his life as a father, husband, physician, and neighbor, and as a proud, grateful, and committed American citizen.
Built in a stately Federalist style in red brick, the Philip Jaisohn Memorial House is modest in scale and sits on a small hill overlooking a nature sanctuary that Muriel, his daughter, bequeathed to the municipality of Media after his death. Opened to the public in 1990, today the Philip Jaisohn Memorial House displays many historical photos, records and relics and is free to the public. The Foundation welcomes visitors interested in viewing the exhibit inside the house, as well as strolling through the garden that surrounds it.
For more information about the Philip Jaisohn Memorial House, Jaisohn Center, and Jaisohn Memorial Foundation, visit their website at https://jaisohn.org/