Angie Chung KCS Pic May31 2016

On Tuesday, May 31, 2016, Professor Angie Chung gave a talk titled "The Politics of Ethnicity and Urban Redevelopment in Koreatown, Los Angeles" at KCS (Korean Community Services) as part of RCKC's ongoing regular lecture series. Approximately twenty people were in attendance, and there was an interesting question-and-answer session after the conclusion of Professor Chung's talk.   

Professor Chung presented preliminary findings from her NSF-funded research project on the politics of economic growth and urban redevelopment in Koreatown, Los Angeles. Within a decade after thousands of Korean-owned businesses were destroyed in the 1992 LA riots, Koreatown has experienced a remarkable economic rebirth. This presentation examined some of the factors that have played a role in this turnaround, including the local economic growth of the LA garment industry and transnational investment from abroad. Professor Chung also highlighted the role that political fragmentation and heightened competition among Korean apparel factory owners, as well as competition with Persian Jewish garment industry owners, has played in spurring Koreatown's rapid growth.

Angie Y. Chung is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University at Albany. She has served as Visiting Professor at Yonsei and Korea University, and is currently the 2016 Dr. Thomas Tam Visiting Scholar at the CUNY Graduate Center and Asian American/ Asian Research Institute (AAARI). She is author of Legacies of Struggle: Conflict and Cooperation in Korean American Politics and a forthcoming book, Saving Face: The Emotional Costs of the Asian Immigrant Family Myth. Chung has published on the topics of ethnic politics, interethnic coalitions, immigrant families, ethnic enclaves, and the second generation in various journals such as Ethnicities, Urban Affairs Review, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and Qualitative Sociology.   


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