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Looking Ahead

BY: JONATHAN SHIA
As the only full-time employee of KALCA, Sandy Kim faces a constant battle for visibility. Until younger Korean Americans begin to see people who share their same cultural background achieve success in the worlds of public service and politics, she said, they are often hampered by a hesitancy to enter those fields.

New Queens Shelter For Battered Asian Women Meets Growing Need

New Queens Shelter For Battered Asian Women Meets Growing Need

BY SUSIE POPPICK
Linda communicates in rough, hesitant English, often supplementing her limited vocabulary with gestures. When she explains how her ex-husband abused her, she grips her neck, miming choking.
It is hard to use English to speak about her past, Linda says, because she does not always understand or trust the people trying to help her. [...]

Korea

Korea

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Population
86,473 people living in New York City were born in Korea.
Source: 2000 United States Census

Neighborhoods
Flushing
Woodside
Elmhurst
Source: “The Newest New Yorkers Briefing Booklet” (2000), http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/pdf/census/nny_briefing_booklet.pdf

Religion(s)
Christian, Buddhist

Language(s)
Korean

History

An increased number of employment visas issued in the 1970’s and 1980’s were disproportionately used by Koreans to come to the United States. Source: “The Newest New Yorkers Briefing [...]

Margaret Chin Plays Both Front-Runner and Underdog in City Council Race

Margaret Chin Plays Both Front-Runner and Underdog in City Council Race

BY SUSIE POPPICK
If Margaret Chin is growing impatient, she hides it well.
Just two days before New York’s city council Democratic primary, the four-time District 1 candidate breezes into her Chinatown campaign office, a serene smile on her face.
Around the small, fluorescent room, staff and volunteers work the phones — reminding district residents to vote, preferably for Chin — and make rally signs. Not all share Chin’s serenity.

Recession Hits Home for Local Korean Tourism Agencies

Recession Hits Home for Local Korean Tourism Agencies

BY JONATHAN SHIA

Until the economic crisis hit last autumn, 2009 was looking to be a banner year for Dongbu Tour, New York City’s largest Korean tourism firm. Korean tourism had nearly tripled between 2002 and 2008, according to NYC & Company, the city’s official tourism organization, and with Korea’s promised entrance to the United States’ Visa Waiver Program, all signs pointed to continued growth. That is, before the ramifications of the recession became clear.

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