Korean Immigrants

By: Keonni Marsh

About Korean Immigrants

The history of Koreans in America began when some 7,000 Koreans were recruited and brought to Hawaii as plantation laborers, from 1903-1905 (www.asian-nation.org). The Korean immigrants came at three different times to Hawaii. The first ship to bring Korean immigrants carrying 56 men, 21 women, and 25 children (102 people) came to Hawaii on January 13, 1903. After two years, over 7,000 Koreans came to Hawaii. Korean immigrants had different reasons for immigrating to the U.S. but had common goals to earn money, live better lives, save money to bring their families over from Korea (www2.hawaii.edu). The Korean immigrant population in the United States grew rapidly during the 1970s and 1980s. The number of Korean immigrants in the United States continued to grow during the 1990s and 2000s (www.migrationpolicy.org).


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