In 2003, Korean immigration to the United States passed its centennial milestone, a century which saw these immigrants make vital contributions to both the United States and Korea. While working as sugar plantation workers and fieldhands, Korean-Americans were a critical part of the Korean independence movement. Later waves of immigrants, established and ran small businesses, and raised second generation professionals in keeping with the American dream. This dream survived the Los Angeles Riots of 1992, which ravaged Korean-American businesses and the community’s psyche, but grew into a stronger and more expansive vision. Through interviews with notable inviduals active across a wide spectrum, the vide links the past, present, and future of the Korean-American community.
As a part of “Interview with Women Leaders in Media,” VOA (Voice of America) Korea recently interviewed May Lee who