ChigonKimSeminarPicKCS Bayside June9 2017

On Friday, June 9, 2017, Professor Chigon Kim of Wright State University gave a talk on "The Aging Korean Immigrant Population in the United States: Living Arrangements, Health Conditions, and Socio-economic Status of Older Korean Immigrants" at the new KCS location in Bayside, Queens. This event was part of RCKC's regular seminar series.

The Korean immigrant population aged 65 and over has continued to grow rapidly over decades. The percentage of older Korean immigrants (ages 65 and older) among the total Korean immigrant population has increased from less than 5 percent in 1990 to more than 17 percent in 2015. The aging of the Korean immigrant population has shown distinct demographic characteristics. For example, women outnumber men in the older age groups in part because of their longer life expectancy. More than two out of five older Korean immigrants live in two major Korean population centers, Los Angeles and New York metropolitan areas. This presentation will focus on the living arrangements, health conditions, and socioeconomic status of these older Korean immigrants using data from the U.S. Census and American Community Survey. Results show that 62 percent of older Korean immigrants are married and living with their spouse. Among the non-married, a third of them live in an extended-family household (e.g., living in their own child’s family). Yet, almost half of non-married older Korean immigrants live alone. More than a quarter of older Korean immigrants have experienced one or more health problems with the most common difficulties being ambulatory (e.g., walking and climbing stairs) and independent living difficulties. These health problems are more prevalent among the non-married and living alone. About 18 percent of the older Korean immigrants participate in the labor market, and 40 percent of them are self-employed. Besides wages/salaries and business income, older Korean immigrants have various income sources such as Social Security, investment, and pension. Nonetheless, one out of five are in poverty. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of how the aging Korean immigrant population will have wide-ranging implications for families, businesses, and communities. 

We would like to thank Professor Chigon Kim, KCS, and everyone who attended the seminar.


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