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HistoryLink Essay: Korean Americans in King County -- A Snapshot History
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Slide Shows Korean Americans may be our least visible Asian
American ethnic community. Y et this fast-growing
Washington Milestones population may also be one of the Puget Sound's most
resourceful, energetic, and culturally rich immigrant
groups. In three waves, beginning in 1885, Korean
Questions laborers, war brides, students, and professionals have
Washington Counties gradually come to the United States. During the 1950s,
Korean Americans became an economic force in the
Cities and Communities Pacific Northwest, with one-third of Washington's
convenience store operators now of Korean descent.
Transportation As of 2000, Washington state was home to 46,880
Koreans. Many live in Federal Way, in Seattle's
State Ferries University District, in Shoreline, and in Tacoma's Fern
Forests Hill neighborhood. What they've brought with them to
our region makes for a fascinating story that parallels
Rolls of Honor their homeland's turbulent modern history.
Johsel Namkung (b. 1919)
Seattle and King Co. A Rich Cultural Heritage Courtesy Wing Luke Asian Museum
"..I am very glad for the sake of our country that we
Seattle Neighborhoods were pioneers in ... bringing the last of the exclusive
countries within the pale of Western civilization."
King County Milestones --Commodore Robert W. Schufeldt, principal U.S. negotiator of
the May 1882 Treaty of Amity and Commerce.
Proud of peacefully planting the American flag before
a Korean tent at Chemulp'o [Inch'on], the good
Seattle Ten-Minute Commodore may have been the first American to
History underestimate the resourcefulness, tenacity, and
independent spirit of Korean people. He wouldn't be
Seattle Thumbnails the last. As Brian Lehrer writes in The Korean
Americans, "Korean Americans have been virtually
Seattle City Light unknown in the United States for most of this century
... finally it seemed that each airliner arriving from
The Seattle Public Seoul brought another immigrant family."
Despite these new arrivals, and despite the presence of
King County First many Korean American citizens, Korean culture and
Citizens values are a mystery to most King County residents,
even those who do business with Korean merchants
More History every day. Most have no idea of the richness of
Tacoma Korean cultural heritage.
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The National Exchange Club’s
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In August the inimitable P.J. “Frenchie” Member’s Memories:
Blanchard gave Club members a (very
detailed) report on the 2003 annual conven-
tion, held July 16-19 in beautiful downtown
Birmingham. Exchangite Floyd Faust has been a
Club stalwart for decades, and is famous
You’ve Arrived In his farewell message, outgoing National
President “Gus” Parker of Macon, Georgia
for running our popular annual Turkey
Shoot. Floyd recently discovered an early
. . . if Moon Shepherd Baker is handling your insurance reminded members that ”Believing and connection with his favorite Club.
Achieving, It Can Be Done!”
In 1954 Floyd was a star hitter and
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Since 1987, Moon Shepherd Baker has provided extraordinary insurance services to many of the
recognition of Miss Brittany Adkins Brunswick Pirates. One Pirates game
region's top construction and development ﬁrms. at Edo Miller Park, between the local
(Smyrna, TN) as 2003 National Youth of the
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Frenchie said he was quite impressed Fans were treated to a 3-2 victory by
with the “Liberty Day Georgia” publication young Floyd and the Pirates; the turnout
We're obsessive about having the fastest, highest quality apartment insurance available. That's just handed out at the convention, which set a ballpark attendance record.
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one reason major clients call our service "Hands down, the best in the industry!" Floyd’s baseball career was sidelined
pendence and Constitution, presented by
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* Builders Risk * General Liability * Commercial Property * Umbrella Liability The ﬁrst national convention was held in the county champion softball team for
Toledo, Ohio in September, 1917. McDonald’s, and is fondly remembered
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