Koreatown, Los Angeles

Koreatown was a place, an idea, and set of aspirations with profound emotional significance, as it symbolized Koreans’ shared bonds in US society and signaled to non-Koreans their claims to belonging and citizenship.

Lecture Description

Drawing from Lee’s recently published book with the same title, the lecture explores the history of Los Angeles’ Koreatown in relation to the broader histories and struggles of urban development, immigration, and race relations during the late twentieth century. It addresses the history of Korean immigration to the U.S. against the backdrop of changing racial and ethnic politics, globalization, and socioeconomic inequality.


Asian American Urban and Suburban

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