Hyeon Soon Ko: Entrepreneur and Working Mom

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Hyeon Sook Ko (right) and daughter.

Hyeon Sook Ko (right) and daughter.

Hyeon Sook Ko exemplifies both the preliminary as well as historic struggle of a first generation immigrant as well as the inner strength and outer public charisma of an illustriously intelligent single working mom who remains at once entirely devoted to the daily responsibilities of work & home life.

She arrived as an immigrant from Seoul, South Korea at the age of 28, in September of 1988. Within two years, she chose to get happily married to her former husband who fathered their two blessed children.  They were together for about seven;  however, for some irreconcilable differences, they have been amicably divorced now for seventeen years.

She is a tireless and phenomenal local woman entrepreneur who owns and operates the popular Fuji restaurant located at 301 W. Portal Ave in San Francisco.

Ms Ko. raised her two (2) children, whose May birthday are fast approaching at the same time as we anticipate the fresh, bright and cheerful, may flowers, at which time their son, Joseph Hoon Park, will become 23, and their daughter, Shannon Seon, will turn 21. Both children are working with their mom by co-managing the Japanese restaurant.

Joseph Hoon is applying to transfer from S.F. City College to S.F. State University.  Already he is intent on considering Business Administration as his to-be-declared Major.  He is primarily responsible for personnel and ongoing purchasing of a sizable volume of the freshest wild-caught fish, produce, rice, and beverages. 

Meanwhile, Shannon Seon espouses her plans to apply to a professional Nursing degree Program in the near future while she manages the restaurant’s accounting. In addition, she supervises the food servers  and business operations during the day.

The lead sushi Chef is John Yooh  His superb sushi expertise is well supplemented by the professional collaboration of two other chefs – Jong Suk Chae and Seung Jun Lee, 43. Four Latino men:  Miguel (who has worked there for over 20 years), Jose, Carlos and Alberto – also are on hand to skillfully prepare and cook many utterly fresh and delectable dishes.

Salmon

Salmon

California rolls.

California rolls.

The chefs.

The chefs.

Fuji, aptly named after Japan’s famous mountain, is open everyday.  Lunch is served 11:30 – 2:30 on M – F;  Noon – 4 pm on Sat. & Sun.  Dinner is served M – Thurs. 5 pm – 10pm,  Fri. 5 pm – 9:30 pm, and on Sun. 5 pm – 9:30 pm. For reservations call (415) 564-6360.

Ms. Ko is also the sole owner of the Young Again spa located at 151 87th Street in Daly City.  Her Spa offers multi – services in:  facial skin-care, holistic herbal medicine, chiropractic medicine (thanks in part to her nephew-in-law is Dr. Han Sung Kim and her niece Sung Hee Paik) and even some Plastic Surgery.  As for minor beautifying facial reconstructive procedures – mostly eyes and nose, and wrinkle repair – a female California Board – Licensed Plastic Surgeon is flown in on a appointment – scheduled, regular basis as a well – compensated consultant. Her sister, Kyung Hee Paik works there full time as the beauty clinic president.

Ms. Ko also owns a bakery called Café Dulce inside the Japanese Village Plaza, the heart of Little Tokyo in Los Angeles.

Currently, she is diligently wrapping up her second two year term as the Vice President of the Korea American Community Center of the S.F. Bay Area.  Moreover, as of this past March 2014, she was nwwly selected to a three year term as the President of the Korean American Businesswomen’s Association of Northern California.

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