Koreans Facing Discrimination in America

Essay by viethotdudeUniversity, Bachelor'sA-, April 2005

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In the early 19th century, Koreans came to the United States seeking freedom from Japanese rule and to maintain their Korean cultural identity. Like many other minorities, Korean immigrants experienced racial discrimination in the past and they also experience discrimination today. The Alien Land Act of 1913 was passed to prevent non-naturalized Koreans from owning property and limited leases in California. They were often turned away by Caucasian landlords when they were attempting to find housing. The action of the Alien Land Act proves that Korean immigrants were discriminated against by the United States government and the white American home owners. In America, if someone has money, no one can prevent him/her from owning property unless they discriminate against them based on their race, sex, religion or age. Myself, being of Vietnamese descent, as an immigrant living in the United States, I do have the right to become a naturalized citizen as long as I abide by the laws.

The experience of Korean immigrants shows that they are struggling to be part of this country.

In the year of 1910, Korean workers were attacked by American counterparts and were told to leave or they would be killed. This left many Koreans feeling intimidated and like they had nowhere to go. Koreans were not allowed to sit next to the white Americans anywhere in public but were permitted to sit in the corners in recreational places alongside the Mexicans. Moreover, Koreans were attacked and intimidated by white farm workers and if they did not defend themselves with deadly force against the white rioters, their minority group would have been endangered.

Life is to this day still tough for Korean immigrants when they first arrive in the United States. Koreans are discriminated everywhere in the work place, public recreational facilities,