This research report examines data and trends of Korean and Asian immigration to the United States. This is seventh statistical report that we have posted on our Korean American Data Bank. This report utilizes data from The Office of Immigration Statistics' Yearbook of Immigration Statistics (2002-2013) and the Immigration and Naturalization Services' Annual Reports (1965-1978) and Statistical Yearbooks (1979-2001). 

 In this report, Pyong Gap Min examines Korean and Asian immigration data and trends from 1965, the year that the liberalized Hart-Celler Immigration Act was passed, up to 2013. Data examined in this paper include immigration trends for Korea and other major Asian source countries of U.S. immigrants, major destination states for Korean immigrants, different types of immigrants (e.g., new arrivals, status adjusters, international students, specialty-occupation immigrants), and the number of Korean immigrants who became naturalized citizens.

We hope that this statistical report will be of particular use to Korean government agencies, immigration scholars, the Korean and Korean-American communities, and the annual number of Korean visitors to the U.S. by different categories (sightseeing, employees of Korean firms, international students, exchange students, visiting scholars, H1B temporary workers, etc).

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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.

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This study examines Korean immigrants' transnational cultural events that occurred in 2010 in the New York-New Jersey area by analyzing articles published in two major Korean daily newspapers. The original version of this paper was published in the journal Studies of Koreans Abroad (Vol. 28, October 2012, pp. 49-83). We would like to thank the Association for the Studies of Koreans Abroad for being generous enough to allow us to post this published article on Korean American Data Bank. A content analysis of the newspaper articles shows that there were 110 transnational Korean cultural events that took place in 2010. Transnational cultural events have been classified into five major categories: 1. Performing arts (including music, dance, musicals, and plays), 2. Fine arts (including calligraphy, fashion, painting, and photography shows), 3. Food-related cultural events, 4. Language and literature, and 5. Other miscellaneous Korean cultural events. This study, which is based on a content analysis of newspaper articles, has advantages over personal interview- or survey-based studies because it provides a general picture of the overall prevalence of transnational cultural events in a particular Korean community in a specific time frame (2010). This article, one of the first systematic studies of Korean immigrants' transnational activities, also contributes to the field of immigration studies because researchers have neglected to study the ethnic and transnational cultural activities of immigrants. 

 

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