Asian Americans in the Workplace Essay example

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Asian Americans in the Workplace

An In-Depth Analysis of Korean Americans

11/19/2007

Table of Contents
Introduction 3
History of Korean Immigration to the United States 4
Values and Customs 10
Demographical Profile 16
The ‘Bamboo Ceiling’: Barriers in the Workplace 22
A Personal Interview: A Different Side to the Story 26
Conclusion 27
References 28

Introduction The term “Asian American” has a rich history in the United States. It refers to a person of Asian ancestry who also obtains American citizenship. The term was originally used by the Census Bureau to clarify and distinguish the government’s equal opportunity programs and measurements. Also, the term “Asian American” was used by anti-war activists
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History of Korean Immigration to the United States

In Hawaii on January 15, 1900, a group of emigrants were reported by the American immigration authorities as being the first official Korean emigrants to the United States. Two important events took place during the next two years to encourage more Koreans to immigrate into the United States, more specifically Hawaii. In August of 1902, the Korean government established their own immigration office. The second event occurred when David W. Deshler arrived in Korea. Deshler was an American citizen who managed a large plantation in Hawaii (Kim, 1974). In order to keep wages depressed and lessen the number of strikes of Japanese workers, the Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association wanted to weaken the domination of the Japanese workforce on the plantations (Miller, 1990). As a result, Deshler went to Korea in search of new and diverse laborers for Hawaii’s plantations. Korean emigrants began coming to work in the sugar plantations in late 1902. However, these immigrants were very different than the Chinese and Japanese immigrants in the past. This group of Koreans tended to come from the cities, not the rural areas like past Asian immigrants. Only about one-seventh of the incoming Korean immigrants were farmers, whereas the vast majority of Chinese and Japanese immigrants around this time were farmers. Most of the Koreans were low class citizens and reported their occupations as common

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