Back to Main Introduction In the year ofwhen the Korean War began, the world was suffering from the aftermath of the Second World War and finally converging into another global conflict: Korean War began on June 25th,during the Cold War era, and it is known to be one of the wars that had close relationship with the tension of Cold War. On the whole, however, Korea War is often regarded as the Forgotten War by the United States, as comparing to other conflicts that arose during the Cold War era — such as the Vietnamese War or the Cuban Missile Conflict — as American casualties were comparatively not significant and the concerning issues were far less clear.
Printer-Friendly Version This article is an edited chapter on the major historical events and contemporary characteristics of the Korean American community, excerpted from The New Face of Asian Pacific America: History and Waves of Immigration The history of Koreans in America began when some 7, Koreans were recruited and brought to Hawai'i as plantation laborers, from They were brought in to meet the labor demand on the Hawaiian plantations after a series of laws barring Chinese labor immigration were enacted.
Before the door was completely closed in due to the National Origins Act, about 1, Korean "picture brides" were brought in. These brides were better educated than their male partners, and brought life and hope to the predominantly bachelor community.
They actively took part in church activities and independence movements that helped free their homeland from Japanese colonial rule. Students and political exiles constituted the third group of early Korean immigrants and they provided significant leadership in the pre-World War II Korean American community.
Syngman Rhee, who later became the first president of the Republic of Korea, and Ahn Chang Ho, another political activist, are well known examples. American intervention in the Korean War triggered the second wave of Korean immigration.
American soldiers stationed in Korea brought home Korean brides, arranged adoption of war orphans to American homes, and sponsored students to come to the United States.
Between andapproximately 6, brides, 6, adopted children, and 6, students came to this country. The number of Koreans who have immigrated to this country as adopted children, or brides of Americans, since the Korean War is more thanfor each respective group. Afterstudents-turned professionals were able to apply for permanent residence visas in the United States under provisions of the Hart-Cellar Act.
Sinceclose relatives of permanent residents or citizens have comprised an overwhelming majority of the Korean immigrants coming to America. A total ofKorean immigrants were admitted to the U.
Korean immigration peaked during the s and annual admittance has steadily declined since Geographic Settlement Patterns Still, the historically steady and substantial inflow of immigration frorn Korea has accelerated the growth of the Korean population in the U.
Sincewhen it was about 70, the Korean population has increased more than fifteen-fold to 1. Forty-four percent of Koreans live in the West, compared to 22 percent of the general population.
Nevertheless, the geographic distribution has changed significantly since the s, as Koreans have been quicker than other APAs to disperse themselves across the wider regions of the U.
Travelers are likely to find at least one or more Korean churches with a sign written in Hangul characters in most metropolitan cities in America.
Most remarkable is the increase in the numbers of Korean Americans in the South, which grew 46 percent between and Nonetheless, Koreans as a whole are still concentrated in just a few large metropolises. Southern California leads the way.
Next is the conglomerate encompassing New York City and the surrounding northern New Jersey, southwerst Connecticut, and eastern Pennsylvania area.
Forty percent of all Koreans in the United States are found in these two regions. Korean churches, Korean supermarkets, and many other types of Korean firms serving mainly their own ethnic clienteles are found in these areas.
Koreans also constitute a significant minority of the resident population in several cities in these areas. A Strong Tradition of Entrepreneurship Koreans are entrepreneurs par excellence.Introduction to the Korean War (–)When World War II ended, Korea was one of several nations artificially divided and occupied by members of the victorious Allied coalition.
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Posted 03/10/ AF Historical Research Agency. Posted 03/10/ This article is an edited chapter on the major historical events and contemporary characteristics of the Korean American community, excerpted from The New Face of Asian Pacific America: Numbers, Diversity, and Change in the 21st Century, edited by Eric Lai and Dennis Arguelles in conjunction with AsianWeek Magazine and published by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center.