On Wednesday, August 12, 2015, Professor Dae Young Kim (Department of Sociology and Anthropology at George Mason University) gave a talk about the Korean community in the Washington, DC-Baltimore metro area. The seminar took place at Korean American Youth Foundation, and it was hosted and organized by the Research Center for Korean Community. Below is a brief summary of his presentation:
The Washington, D.C.-Baltimore metropolitan area has emerged as one of the fastest-growing places of settlement for Korean immigrants in the United States. With more than 104,322 Koreans (single-race Koreans) residing in the region (ACS 2009-2011), it is the third largest Korean community after Los Angeles (301,534) and New York (203,020). Through an examination of the rich history and evolution of the Korean community in the greater Washington, D.C.-Baltimore metropolitan area, as well as Korean immigrants’ patterns of settlement, forms of economic adaptation, and structure of community and political organizations, the paper seeks to provide a timely portrait of the evolution and state of the Korean community in a new immigration gateway city. The paper draws on multiple sources of data, including the 2009-2011 American Community Survey (ACS), the 2003 Washington-Baltimore Korean Community survey (a survey commissioned by the Centennial Committee of the Korean Immigration to the United States, Washington, D.C.), a monograph commissioned by the Korean American Foundation-Greater Washington entitled, “History of the Korean-Americans in the Washington Metropolitan Area, 1883-2005,” the 2014 Giant Korean Business Directory, and twenty in-depth interviews conducted with Korean community leaders, long-time residents, and newcomers in 2011.
In particular, Professor Kim talked about the concentration of Koreans and the emergence of Korean business districts in Fairfax County (VA), Montgomery County (MD), and Loudoun County (VA). Centreville, VA and Annandale, VA have especially high concentrations of Korean residents. Professor Kim cited stable government jobs and highly rated school systems as pull factors that have attracted Korean immigrants and Korean Americans to settle in the metro DC-Baltimore area.
Some of Professor Kim's research interests include immigrant integration, particularly the integration of the children of immigrants, into new host countries. He has published articles in Sociology of Religion, International Migration Review, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Sociological Forum.
Click the link below to visit Professor Dae Young Kim's faculty page on the George Mason University Sociology and Anthropology website:
Professor Dae Young Kim's Faculty Page