Koreans: When And Why Did They Come? Essay

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Koreans: When And Why Did They Come?

Koreans: When and Why Did They Come?


At the end of the 19th century the USA received it's first refugees from
Korea, three pro-Japanese activists seeking exile after an unsuccessful attempt
to over throw the government. (Moynihan 45) They were followed by 64 students
between 1890 and 1905 to purse further education in the USA. Between 1902 and
1905, 7,000 Korean immigrants arrived in Hawaii. (Thernstrom) From 1903 to 1905,
65 ships carrying 7,226 Koreans, set sail from Inchon for Honolulu. (Bandon 18)
When each group arrived they settled on a sugar plantation. (Bandon 18) In 1907
the US government refused to recognize the Korean passport. From that point on,
any Korean entering the US had to have a Japanese passport. (Bandon 18) These
developments effectively ended almost all Korean immigration to Hawaii and the
US for forty years.
Many of the Koreans came because of the sugar industry in Hawaii. It was
booming and plantations needed more workers than the native population could
supply. (Moynihan 45) At this time, rumors spread among the plantation owners
that Koreans were more industrious then either the Chinese or the Japanese.
After consulting with the US ambassador to Korea, recruiters became journeying
to the peninsulas. (Moynihan 45)
The Hawaii Sugar Planters Association struck a deal with David Declare,
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