Recent trends in migration across the Pacific Rim have suggested that neighbourhoods have become important sources of community identity, requiring a re-evaluation of the relationship between urban places and immigrants. Specifically, we argue that the notion of ethnic enclaves may not fit well with some of the newer, post-1980s immigrant populations in Pacific Rim cities. Using data from the cases of Los Angeles, Tokyo and Beijing, we argue that Korean settlement in these cities represents a new kind of immigrant neighbourhood that links Korean migrants with other migrant communities, consumers in the broader region and local government interests to produce places that mitigate increasingly multicultural and multi-ethnic urban hierarchies in their localities. This role has become particularly important regarding real estate and economic development strategies.
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The authors would like to thank the generous contributions of the Social Science Research Council and the Korea Research Foundation for supporting this study. In addition, they acknowledge the contributions of the SSRC Migration and Development Fellows supported under the same programme for their insights and critiques on, and overall intellectual engagement with, this project. Any mistakes or shortcomings, of course, are the authors’ own.
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