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The Korean Experience in America 1903 1924 The Korean experience in America during the years 1903 to 1924 is very unique When compared to other East Asian immigrants Korean immigrants were relatively small Most of them were students and agricultural laborers who emigrated to Hawaii as plantation laborers Many of them decided to come to America due to constant invasion by Japan and also to earn lot of money Those immigrants happen to be an important factor on Korean history During the years 19031905 7226 immigrants came to Hawaii These immigrants hoped to earn enough money in 3 or 4 years and open a business in their homeland Of the 7226 immigrants roughly 6000 were male adults 600 were women and 500 children Just about 60 of them stayed and rest went back to Korea or moved to the continental United States Within less than a decade the Korean immigrants found themselves in danger of losing their homeland to Japan This would mean that they wouldnt have their own country to go back to In 1910 Japanese took over Korea Thats when many Korean immigrants started to get involved in the Korean independence movement After nine years of Japanese Annexation of Korea in 1910 around 540 student were admitted for study at American schools Most of these students were political refugees so they became an addition to the Korean community Korean immigrants started to form anti-Japanese programs to free their country This was a great concern to Japan Japanese government decided to grant Korean women who were willing to move to America as marriage contracts to calm Korean immigrants from contributing to anti-Japanese programs This decision didnt change Korean immigrants from involving in Korean independence movement but made them more desperate to get their country back for their daughters and sons By the time 1915 1920 Korean immigrants made enough money to start small business like laundry barber restaurant shoe repair services
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