Korean-Americans in the United States

According to the 2010 census, the cities in the United States with the largest population of Korean-Americans are (in no particular order) Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. The United States houses a total of  1.6 million Korean-Americans. While according to that same census in Illinois the population was recorded at 61,469, though directors at the Korean American Chamber of Commerce and the Korean American Women’s Associated estimated numbers around 150,000.

In Chicago,  the population is just 0.4 percent or 11, 422. While in Niles Village, a suburb of Chicago that many sources have mentioned as an area people are moving to, has a 3.5% percent population or about 1,042 Korean-Americans.

In 2011, the Daily Herald stated that the Asian population had begun migrating to the suburbs, a fact that Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Brandon Yu said has remained.

“Most of our businesses have moved to the suburbs,” said Yu.

Choeseonju, president of the Korean American Women’s Association said that another prominent issue within the community is the disconnect between the first and second generations. Yu said with more education, younger second generation immigrants have begun to move into the American business world, instead of following the route of their parents or grandparents to start their own businesses.

She said that first generation immigrants ran smaller businesses while the newer generations more on to corporations. It would be interesting to profile a small business with kids to highlight this difference and how this has worked with other immigrant groups, what the future might hold.

I’d still like to write these stories mentioned in my first post:

1. In talking with a source, I was told immigration reform is a big issue within the Korean Community. The source said  it is becoming difficult to apply for citizenship and that various  visas have to be applied for in order to stay in the United States making the process longer and more expensive.

2. Businesses in “Koreantown”.  There seems has been a dramatic decline in businesses as a large population of Koreans are moving into the suburbs. I’d like to write what this means for the future of Albany Park, and other areas with a high number of Korean residents. More specifically, I’d like to focus on a church, what this migration has meant for its members and what it plans to do to keep them or will it relocate as well.

3. On a side note, there is a Korean church in Hyde Park, I want to look into it a bit more to see if the population is not just moving to the suburbs but to other parts of the city.

3. North Korean-South Korean relationship has been sour for quite some time politically, I’d like to find out what that means for its people. Specifically, immigrants in the United States, has been here eased some of that tension.


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