This paper examines changes over time in Korean immigrants’ adaptations to the United States, primarily using public documents. It pays special attention to changes that have occurred in the twenty-first century. It focuses on changes in patterns of Koreans’ immigration and settlement, Korean Americans’ demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, patterns of Korean immigrant businesses, business-related intergroup conflicts, and ethnic organizations. The concluding section provides recommendations for Korean community leaders and government agencies in Korea about issues not examined in the text. The two main strengths of this paper are: (1) a comprehensive coverage of several important aspects of Korean-American experiences, using the most recent census data, and (2) detailed examinations of major changes in Korean immigrants’ experiences in the twenty-first century.
*This paper was originally presented at the International Conference on Korean Diaspora Studies, which was held at Korea University on September 28, 2013. Central Hub Project Group for Korean Diaspora Studies at Korea University organized the conference. Global Korean Community Research Center at Korea University, the Research Center for Korean Community at Queens College, and the Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studes at UC Riverside hosted the conference.