Post-1980s Multicultural Immigrant Neighbourhoods: Koreatowns, Spatial Identities and Host Regions in the Pacific Rim

James H. Spencer, Petrice R. Flowers, Jungmin Seo

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-461
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Mar 1

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Demography
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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