Early Korean immigrants began their journey to the U.S. in Hawaii, where they were recruited for plantation work. The majority of the present Korean population came after the 1965 immigration law opened up new opportunities to immigrate. Koreans have the highest self-employment rate among U.S. Asians.
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SOURCES: 2010 American Community Survey and other Census Bureau data; Pew Research Center 2012 Asian-American Survey
NOTE: Census data based on mixed-group and mixed-race populations, regardless of Hispanic origin. For Census figures, Chinese includes Taiwanese. For Pew Research survey findings, respondents with more than one Asian heritage are classified based on the group with which they “identify most.” Respondents who identified as Taiwanese or Chinese Taipei are classified as Chinese Americans.