The rise of Korean communities in the 21st-century immigrant gateways

Authors: Jaeho Ko*,
Topics: Ethnic Geography, Urban Geography, Population Geography
Keywords: Immigrant, Korean communities, gateway cities, the South, binomial logistic regression
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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At the turn of the new century, American immigration scholars have begun to pay attention to the emergence of new gateway cities in the South. They have dramatically expanded the scope of the research topic and provided new insights into immigrant geography, settlement, and adaptation. Most of the new gateway studies in the South, however, are heavily focused on Latino immigrants while Asian immigrants, another key 21st-century gateway group, have received little attention. Also, most studies only focus on sizable immigrant communities that the mass media has noticed, while their analysis of the new immigrant communities is stagnant at the level that describes distribution patterns under the framework of traditional theories. In order to provide a multifaceted understanding of the new gateway cities, this study explores the Korean community formations in the South – a region with the comparatively little historical experience of Korean immigrants. The analysis utilizes temporal and spatial data from the decennial censuses to track the development of Korean communities in the U.S. metropolitan areas. For this, systematic classification is conducted first to distinguish emerging Korean communities from the established ones. Then binomial logistic regression is followed to compare those two types. The research reveals the characteristics of the cities that Korean communities rise in the new century.

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